Boise State Tribute to Hawai'i

Boise State is proud to have been associated with Hawai'i for the 10 years the Broncos have been in the WAC. Hawai'i is highly respected as a great institution and they don't take a back seat to anyone as far as athletics. In tribute to the great tradition at Hawai'i, we offer this look at our brothers and sisters from UH.

(Editor's Note:  This is part of a continuing series of tributes to WAC schools as Boise State completes its final season in the conference.  The series is meant to spread good will throughout the conference, highlight the rich heritage at member schools and to thank the WAC members for having Boise State in their conference for the last ten years.)

The University of Hawai'i at Manoa was founded as a land grant college following the terms of the Morrill Act of 1862 and benefits agriculture and mechanical arts in the United States. It is located in Manoa, an urban neighborhood community of Honolulu, approximately three miles east from downtown Honolulu and one mile from Waikiki.

Honolulu is the capital and largest city in Hawai'i. It is one of the most picturesque locations in the United States, or the world for that matter. Honolulu is the only incorporated city in the state, as all other local governments are administered at the county level. The population of Honolulu was 371,657 in the 2000 Census while the City and County population was 909, 863. Honolulu means "sheltered bay" or "place of shelter" in the Hawai'ian language.

The University of Hawai'i is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is governed by the Hawai'i State Legislature and the Board of Regents, which in turn hires a president to be the school's administrator. In 1912, the school was named the College of Hawai'i and moved to its present beautiful location. A petition was drawn up and presented to the territorial legislature six years later for university status and thus the school became known as the University of Hawai'i in 1920. The College of Arts and Sciences was founded this same year. In 1931, the Territorial Normal and Training School was put under the umbrella of UH that is now the Collge of Education.

Today, UH is the flagship campus of the larger University of Hawai'i system that confers associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degrees through three university campuses, seven community college campuses, an employment training center, three university centers, four education centers and various other facilities across six islands throughout the state. The four Colleges of Arts and Sciences--Arts and Humanities, Languages Literatures and Linguistics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences form the main focus of education. The college of agriculture and mechanical arts is now known as the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, one of the few agricultural colleges in the nation focused on tropical research. The William S. Richardson School of Law and the John A. Burns School of Medicine are the only law and medical schools in Hawai'i, respectively. The Center for Hawai'ian Studies provides excellence in studying the Native people of Hawai'i.

Hawai'i offers bachelor degrees in 87 fields, master degrees in 87, doctoral degrees in 53 fields, first professional degrees in three fields, post-baccalaureate degrees in three, 29 undergraduate certification programs and 26 graduate certification programs. Over 20,000 students attend UH at Manoa today. There are about 16 students per instructor, making for an excellent learning environment.

Hawai'i is well respected for programs in Hawai'ian/Pacific Studies, Astronomy, East Asian Languages and Literature, Asian Studies, Comparative Philosophy, Marine Science, Second Language Studies, Botany, Engineering, Geophysics, Mathematics, Medicine, Ethnomusicology, Law and Linguistics. Princeton Review and The National Science Foundation ranks UH Manoa in the top 30 public universities for federal research funding in engineering and science. A new $150-million medical complex in the area of Kaka‘ako opened in the spring of 2005. The facility features a state-of-the-art biomedical research and education center that attracts significant federal funding and private sector investment in biotechnology research and development. The Carnegie Foundation classifies UH Manoa as an RU/VH (very high research activity) level research university.

The university's marine science program benefits from world-renowned marine laboratories located nearby. UH's graduate programs are ranked 2nd in the nation in Oceanography, 4th in Marine Science, 7th in Geophysics and 8th in Epidemiology by The Academic Analytics. Hawai'i's Teacher Education program is ranked 6th by The Academic Analytics. The Medical School of the University of Hawai'i is ranked 12th in the nation for geriatrics.

U.S. News and World Report places the International Business program 21st and the overall Shidler College of Business ranks among the top 20 undergraduate business schools nationwide. The School of Law ranks in the top 20 for environmental law, diversity and low student/faculty ratio in U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2008". The college is in the top 40 for first-time bar passage rate. UH-Manoa is also third in "Best Environment for Minority Students" and fifth for "Most Diverse Faculty". The magazine ranks the Library and Information Science program, school library media specialization, among the top 10 in the nation.

Hawai'i also has two interesting off-campus facilities. The Waikiki Aquarium, founded in 1904, is the third oldest public aquarium in the United States. It has been part of the University of Hawai'i since 1919 and is located next to a living reef on the famous Waikiki shoreline. The Lyon Arboretum is the only tropical arboretum belonging to any University in the nation. It was originally established in 1918 by the Hawai'ian Sugar Planters' Association to demonstrate watershed restoration and test different species of trees for reforestation, as well as collect living plants of economic value. In 1953, The University absorbed the Arboretum, which today has over 15,000 specimens.

Notable Alumni: Neil Abercrombie, United States Representative from Hawai'i 1986-87, 1991-current

Daniel K. Akaka, United States Senator

Jimmie Baker, former NBA forward

Bob Ballard, notable oceanographer

Larry Beil, sportscaster at KGO-TV in San Francisco and former ESPN Sportscenter anchor

Beau Bridges, actor

Glenn Braggs, former Major League Baseball player and 1990 World Series Champion

Colt Brennan, former Hawai'i quarterback, 2nd on NCAA Division I career TD's thrown

Timmy Chang, all-time NCAA passing yardage leader

Gordon Cooper, astronaut of Mercury 9 and Gemini 5

Chuck Crim, former Major League Baseball relief pitcher

Ann Dunham, mother of United States President Barack Obama

Jason Elam, Lou Groza Award-winning kicker

Ben Finney, anthropologist and co-founder of the Polynesian Voyaging Society

Hiram Fong, first member of the United States Senate of Chinese ancestry

Keith Gilbertson, college and NFL football coach

Thomas Gill, former U.S. House of Representatives member and Lieutenant Governor

Tom Henderson, former NBA player

Mazie Hirono, Hawai'i U.S. House of Representatives member

Daniel Inouye, United States Senator

Jason Jones, activist and filmmaker

Lily Kahumoku, former All-American Rainbow Wahine volleyball player

Scott Karl, former Major League Baseball starting pitcher

Brook Mahealan Lee, Miss Universe 1997

Jong-wook Lee, Director-General of the World Health Organization

Major General Robert G.F. Lee

Ashley Lelie, NFL wide receiver

Bette Midler, singer and actress

Abbas Milani, Iranologist and Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford

Patsy Mink, author of Title IX Amendment of the Higher Education Act as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives

Kenneth P. Moritsugu, Surgeon General of the United States from 2006-2007

Robyn Ah Mow-Santos, USA National Volleyball Team

Barack Obama, Sr., father of U.S. President Barack Obama

Michael Okuda, artist famous for his work on Star Trek

Richard D. Parsons, CEO and Chairman of Time Warner, Inc.

Angela Perez Baraquio, Miss America in 2001

Jason Roberts, 1994 All-American shortstop

Red Rocha, former NBA player and UH basketball coach

Jesse Sapolu, former NFL player for the San Francisco 49'ers

Predrag Savovic, former NBA point guard

Clay Stanley, United States Olympic volleyball player

Kim Willoughby, indoor volleyball player at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

Stan Sakai, Eisner Award-winning creator of the Usagi Yoimbo comic books

Michael Savage, conservative talk-show host

Darin Scruggs, Drum Corps International and Winter Guard

Nainoa Thompson, famed Hawai'ian navigator

John D. Waihee III, former governor of Hawai'i

In 2000, the University of Hawai'i athletic program allowed each sport to select their own team names. Various men's teams are called the Warriors, the Rainbow Warriors or the Rainbows. The women's teams are called the Rainbow Wahine, often shortened to The Rainbows or the ‘Bows. Hawai'i is famous for its football, basketball and volleyball programs. The women's volleyball program captured NCAA national championships in 1982, 1983 and 1987. They consistently are ranked in the top 10 (#5 this year). UH also won the 2004 Intercollegiate Sailing Association National Championship.

The Hawai'i football program began in 1909 when the College of Hawai'i "Fighting Deans" creamed McKinley High School 95-5 at Punahou School. The school played its first intercollegiate game in 1920, losing 14-0 to Nevada. Two years later, the University of Hawai'i got their first win over a college when they downed Pomona 25-6. In 1923, Hawai'i scored an upset over Oregon State 7-0. A rainbow appeared over the field after the game and local reporters began calling UH teams the "Rainbows".

Coach Otto Klum led the Rainbows to back-to-back unbeaten seasons in 1924 and 1925. Colorado, Colorado State and Washington State were among the victims as Hawai'i outscored their opponents 606-29 in those two seasons. Rainbow running back and future coach Thomas Kaulukukui became the school's first All-American player in1935. Kaulukukui paced Hawai'i to an unbeaten season in 1934. His number 32 is still the only number to be retired in school history.

Hawai'i became a College Division Independent in 1946. The program scored one of their biggest wins when they went into Lincoln and upset Nebraska 6-0 in 1955. Head Coach Dave Holmes began a highly-successful era in Rainbow football. From 1968-74, Hawai'i won 67% of its games. Larry Cole became the first UH player to be drafted by a National Football League team and was the first former Warrior to play in a Super Bowl (Super Bowl V for Dallas).

In 1973, Hawai'i defeated Washington 10-7 in Seattle. The Huskies were the pre-game favorite by 50 points. Hawai'i was accepted into Division I in 1974 and Aloha Stadium (50,000) debuted in 1975. Hawai'i joined the Western Athletic Conference in 1979, where it remains to this day.

Hawai'i played in its first major bowl game when they took on Michigan State in the Aloha Bowl. In 1990, the Rainbows downed BYU 59-28 on the same day that BYU's Ty Detmer won the Heisman Trophy. Hawai'i won a share of its first-ever WAC title and also won its first bowl game by beating Illinois 27-17 in the Holiday Bowl in 1992. The Rainbows finished the season with 11 wins and were ranked 20th in the country.

June Jones was hired as head coach in 1999 and guided Hawai'i to the best single-season turnaround in NCAA history, winning nine games and sharing the WAC championship. Hawai'i capped the season with a 23-17 win over Oregon State in the O'ahu Bowl. In 2001, the nickname was changed to the Warriors. Wide receiver Ashley Lelie was drafted as the 19th overall pick of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.

Hawai'i fell to Tulane 36-28 in the Hawai'i Bowl in 2002. In 2003, UH defeated Houston 54-48 in triple overtime. The Warriors returned to the Bowl for a third consecutive year when they outscored UAB 59-40 in 2004. Hawai'i quarterback Timmy Chang became the NCAA's all-time leader in passing yards with 17,072, breaking the old record set by Detmer (15,031).

Quarterback Colt Brennan set NCAA single-season records for TD passes (58) and passing efficiency (252.96) in 2006 and finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting. Brennan led Hawai'i to a 41-24 win over Arizona State in the 2006 Hawai'i Bowl.

Brennan continued his assault on the record books in 2007, breaking Detmer's career records for TD passes and total TD's responsible for. Brennan and Davone Bess also tied an NCAA record for most career touchdowns by a quarterback-receiver combination. Hawai'i won their first-ever outright WAC title and finished #12 in the Bowl Championship Series rankings. The undefeated Rainbow Warriors earned a berth in the Sugar Bowl opposite Georgia. The Bulldogs displayed an amazing defense in stopping UH 41-10.

Coach Jones resigned following the season, with his Defensive Coordinator, Greg McMackin taking over the head coaching duties. McMackin has his team on the verge of a national Top 25 ranking, placing #26 in last week's USA Today Coaches' Poll.

My count is likely off, but I have found at least 65 former Hawai'i players that have played in the National Football League.

Notable Players in the Pros:

Running back Gary Allen played at Hawai'i from 1978-1981. Allen rushed for 521 yards on 98 carries as a freshman and went over the century mark with 1,040 yards and 8 touchdowns on 162 carries in 1979. Gary toted the ball 193 times for 884 yards and 2 scores and also led the team in receiving (26 catches for 257 yards and a TD) as a junior. He ended his career in 1981 with 194 carries for 1,006 yards and 8 TD's on the ground and 21 receptions for 367 yards and two more scores. Allen was a three-time All-WAC performer. Following his senior year, Gary played in the Hula Bowl and Japan Bowl.

Allen has held the career rushing record for nearly 30 years, picking up 3,451 yards on 647 carries (5.4 avg.). He still continues to hold the mark for most career 100-yard rushing games with 15. Gary was drafted in the 6th Round of the 1982 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. Allen was used mostly as a return specialist in the NFL from 1982-84.

Tackle Dan Audick started 33 games from 1977-1984 for St. Louis, San Diego and San Francisco.

Wide receiver Davone Bess was one of the premier receivers in the NCAA in his career on the islands. Davone had 89 catches for 1,124 yards in 2005 to earn Freshman All-American recognition and then topped that with 96 catches for 1,220 yards in 2006. He then exploded in 2007 with 108 catches for 1,266 yards and 12 TD's as a senior and led the team with a 9.7 punt return average. In his fabulous collegiate career, Bess hauled in 293 passes for 3,610 yards and 41 touchdowns.

Bess had 15 receptions against Boise State in 2007 with the WAC trophy on the line to set a school record. He set two more marks when he had 108 catches that season and 293 in his incredible career. Davone also holds the UH record with 41 career TD receptions.

Despite not being drafted in the NFL, he today is one of the top receivers in the league. Bess signed a free agent contract with Miami three years ago and has really impressed. Bess enjoyed an outstanding rookie season with 54 catches for 554 yards and a touchdown. He came into his own with 76 receptions last season for 758 yards and two scores. In seven games this season, Bess has 39 grabs for 401 yards and three touchdowns. Bess is still with the Miami Dolphins.

Quarterback Colt Brennan had a super sophomore year in 2005 when he completed 350 passes in 515 attempts for 4,301 yards and 35 touchdowns. He was just getting warmed up. Colt's junior season was spectacular, when he was 406-559 for 5,549 yards and 58 TD's. Brennan won the Sammy Baugh trophy as the nation's top quarterback, was a finalist for the Davey O'Brien Award, finished 6th in the Heisman Trophy balloting and was named the Cingular National Player of the Year. Brennan led the nation in seven statistics and set 19 NCAA records in 2006.

Colt was named All-WAC and WAC Player of the Year in both 2006 and 2007. He closed out his Hawai'i career by hitting 359-of-510 passes for 4,343 yards and 38 touchdowns, setting 31 more NCAA marks and finishing third in the Heisman balloting. Colt also was a semifinalist for the O'Brien Award and was a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Award. Brennan hit 1,115-of-1,584 passes for 14,193 career yards and 131 touchdowns. He played in the 2007 Senior Bowl.

Brennan holds a boatload of school records. Colt holds the school mark for passing efficiency with a 186.0 rating in 2006. He holds the all-time mark for career completion percentage (70.4%--1,115-1,584). One of Brennan's most impressive records was achieved when he connected on 20 consecutive passes against Washington in the final game of the 2007 season to assure an unbeaten season and a Sugar Bowl berth against Georgia.

Brennan owns passing touchdown records with 58 in a season (2006) and 131 in his career. Colt owns the single-season total offense mark with 5,915 yards in 2006. He had 559 yards passing against Arizona State in 2006 and holds the school mark with a 72.6% completion rate that season. Brennan was 44-of-75 (both school records) in a 2007 game against San Jose State.

Brennan is the all-time NCAA record holder for TD passes in a season (58), most career TD passes (131), passing efficiency in a season with the 186.0 rating in 2006,the all-time career completion percentage record holder at 70.4% and the record holder for most 400-yard passing games in a career with 20.

Brennan was selected in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.

Quarterback Timmy Chang was 245-469 for 3,041 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2000. After an injury suffered the following year, he came back in 2002 by connecting on 349-of-624 passes for 4,474 yards and 25 scores. Chang hit 353-601 for 4,199 and 29 TD's in 2003 and 358-602 for 4,258 and 38 touchdowns as a senior in 2004. Chang was named All-WAC, was a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Award in his senior year and played in the 2004 East West Shrine Game and the Hula Bowl. In his career, Chang was 1,388-2,436 for an incredible 17,072 yards and 117 touchdowns. Timmy holds school records for most pass attempts in a season (624 in 2002). He holds all-time NCAA records with 16,910 yards of total offense,17,072 passing yards, the most career 200-yard passing games (47), the most 300-yard passing games (36) and career passing attempts with 2,436.

Raphel Cherry played quarterback at UH but was a defensive back in the NFL. He was 313-594 for 4,523 yards and 24 touchdowns in his college career. Raphel holds the school record for the fewest interceptions in a season (5 in 1984). He played in the 1985 Hula Bowl. Cherry was the fifth-round choice of the Washington Redskins in the 1985 NFL Draft. Cherry logged five interceptions in three seasons for Washington and Detroit.

Defensive lineman Larry Cole was selected to play in the 1968 Hula Bowl following his senior season at UH. Cole was drafted in the 16th Round of the 1968 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He played 13 seasons for the Cowboys. Cole was said to be as smart a player as they come, with a great work ethic. Larry made an immediate impact in his rookie season, assuming the starting left defensive end position midway through the season and scoring two defensive touchdowns. He was somewhat overshadowed in his career by two generations of great Cowboy defensive linemen (first Bob Lilly and Jethro Pugh; then Randy White, Harvey Martin and Ed "Too Tall" Jones), but was a mainstay of Dallas's "Doomsday Defense".

Cole started in Super Bowls V, VI, X and XIII, is one of only eight NFL players to play in five Super Bowls and won Super Bowls VI and XII with Dallas. He also helped the Cowboys win five NFC Championships and Cole set a record with 26 playoff games at the time of his retirement.

Cole made some of the biggest defensive plays in the history of the franchise. His tackle of John Riggins set up one of the most dramatic wins in Cowboy history in 1979. Although he was known for his ability to stop the run, Cole was unofficially credited with 60 career sacks, which ranks him 9th in team history. He scored four career touchdowns and he ranks second in Cowboys history with three interceptions for touchdowns.

Placekicker Jason Elam was a sensational punter and placekicker at Hawai'i. He is the career leader with a 43.51 punting average. Elam booted 79-of-100 career field goals and hit 20 straight in the 1989 season. Jason was All-WAC in 1989, 1991 and 1992. Elam was an Associated Press All-American in 1991 and won the Lou Groza Award in 1992. Following his senior season, Elam was selected to play in the 1992 Hula Bowl, the Japan Bowl and the East West Shrine Game. Jason scored 395 career points, which is not only a school record but remains the WAC record and is still one of the top 20 performances in NCAA history.

Elam was selected in the 3rd Round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. Elam played 15 years for the Broncos and two with the Atlanta Falcons. He will forever be known as one of the game's great distance kickers. On October 25, 1998, Elam tied Tom Dempsey's 28-year old NFL record when he connected on a 63-yard field goal in the final seconds of the first half against Jacksonville. Elam's record-tying kick helped Denver win 37-24 to go 7-0 for the first time in franchise history (see video). Originally only a 58-yard attempt, the Broncos were assessed a five-yard penalty for delay of game and the ball was moved back to the Denver 47-yard line.

Elam hit 26 of 35 field goals and 41-42 extra points his rookie season for 119 points. He consistently hit over 80% of his field goal tries, going 31-36 (86.1%) in 2001, 27-31 (86.1%) in 2003, 27-29 (93.1%) in 2006, 27-31 (87.1%) in 2007 and 29-31 (93.5%) in 2008. Elam was successful on an amazing 23-of-35 field goal tries from 50 yards or more in the years 1997-2004. Because of his uncanny accuracy and Denver's highly productive offense, Elam scored over 100 points in every NFL season but his last in 2009. He scored 119 points in 1994 (4th in the NFL), 132 points in 1995 (3rd), 124 in 1997 (4th in the NFL), 127 in 1998 (6th in the league), 124 in 2001 (4th) and 129 in both 2004 and 2008, 2nd and 6th in the NFL respectively.

Elam averaged 80.7% (20th all-time) on his career field goal attempts (436-540), and hit 675-679 (99.4%) on extra points. Elam scored 1,983 career points, sixth in the history of the National Football League. Jason's 675 PAT's ranks fifth all-time. Elam ranks fifth in career field goals. His extra point percentage of 99.4% is 11th best ever. He played in the Pro Bowl in 1995, 1998 and 2001. Jason appeared in 263 NFL games, 21st in league history. He played in 15 playoff games, which ranks 24th.

Running back Nuu Faaola was chosen in the 9th Round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He played from 1986-89 with the Jets and Miami. Faaola gained 71 yards on 20 carries and scored 2 touchdowns in his career and also caught 2 passes for 24 yards.

Guard Kynan Forney was drafted in the 7th Round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. Forney started 89 games from 2001-2009 for Atlanta, San Diego and Jacksonville.

Tackle Leo Goeas was the choice of the San Diego Chargers in the 3rd Round of the 1990 NFL Draft. Goeas played in 111 games from 1990-1997 with the Chargers, Rams and Baltimore and recovered four fumbles in his career.

Wide receiver Ryan Grice-Mullen enjoyed a spectacular UH career In 2005, he had 85 catches for 1,228 yards to earn Freshman All-America honors and came back in 2007 to grab 106 passes from Colt Brennan for 1,372 yards. In his career, Ryan had 237 receptions for 3,370 yards and 36 touchdowns.

Tight end Ron Hall was selected to play in the 1986 Hula Bowl following his senior season. Ron was chosen in the 4th Round of the 1987 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Hall enjoyed a nine-year career, catching 30 or more passes each year from 1988-1992. He joined Detroit his final two years. Hall caught 230 passes for 2,609 yards and 10 touchdowns in his NFL career.

Tackle Wayne Hunter was chosen in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Hunter has played nine years with Seattle, Jacksonville and his current team, the New York Jets.

Running back Nate Ilaoa had 1,689 career yards in college on 222 carries (7.6 average) and scored 20 touchdowns on the ground. He was unstoppable as a receiver as well, hauling in 67 passes for 837 yards in 2006 and 103 for 1,111 in his career, all records for a Hawai'i running back.

Tackle Adrian Klemm was selected in the 2nd Round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He played for six years in the league.

Defensive end Travis LaBoy was the WAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2003 and played in the 2003 Senior Bowl. He was selected in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. LaBoy has started 32 games for Tennessee, Arizona and San Francisco. Travis has 106 tackles, an interception and 4 fumble recoveries in his career.

Wide receiver Ashley Lelie had 74 catches for 1,110 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2000 and grabbed 84 passes for 1,713 yards and a school record 19 touchdowns in the 2001 season when he was named All-WAC and Second Team All-American.

Lelie was drafted in the 1st Round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. Lelie gathered in 35 passes for 525 yards (15.0 avg.) and 2 touchdowns in his rookie year. Ashley enjoyed his best season in 2004, when he caught 54 passes for 1,084 yards (20.1 avg.) and 7 touchdowns. He led the NFL with his 20.1 yards per catch in 2004 and 18.3 ypc in 2005. In nine NFL seasons, Lelie has 217 receptions for 3,749 yards (17.3 avg.) for 15 touchdowns. He also has 20 rushes for 172 yards.

Defensive back Dana McLemore earned All-American honors in 1981 at UH when he had four interceptions and also was an All-WAC performer with two punt returns for touchdowns. Dana was selected to play in the 1982 Japan Bowl. McLemore played from 1982-1987 with San Francisco and New Orleans. He was 3rd in the NFL with a 12.6 punt return average in 1986, 5th with an 11.6 punt return average in 1984 and 6th with a 10.7 punt return average in 1983. McLemore returned 152 career punts for a 10.5 average (45th in NFL history) with 4 touchdowns and brought back 56 kicks for a 20.5 average. He also had 5 career interceptions and recovered 7 fumbles.

Guard Vince Manuwai was drafted in the third round in 2003 by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Manuwai has started 94 games for the Jaguars since 2003.

Defensive back Rich Miano was drafted in the 6th Round of the 1985 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. Miano had 57 starts from 1985-1995 for the Jets, Philadelphia and Atlanta. He accumulated 525 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 3 recoveries and 15 interceptions in his career.

Defensive back Ryan Mouton. Mouton was drafted in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans.

Wide receiver Walter Murray led the Rainbow Warriors all four years from 1982-1985. He snared 31 passes for 494 yards and 5 scores as a freshman and 44 receptions for 773 yards and 7 TD's in 1983. Walter had 37 catches for 625 yards and a touchdown in 1984 and put together a great senior year with 66 receptions for 673 yards and 7 TD's, when he was named an All-American. Following his senior season, Murray was named All-WAC and was selected to play in the 1986 Senior Bowl.

Murray was the highest-drafted Hawai'i player for quite a while, going in the 2nd Round of the 1986 NFL Draft to the Washington Redskins. Murray played for two seasons with Indianapolis, catching 22 passes for 373 yards and 3 TD's.

Tackle Kaulana Noa was chosen in the 4th Round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams.

Defensive end Al Noga still holds several school records for Hawai'i. The "Samoan Sack Man", as he was known, had 17 sacks in 1986 and owns marks with 6 forced fumbles in a season (also 1986) and 15 in his career. He also notched 31 tackles for loss in 1986 and 70 in his career. Al was a three-time All-WAC player and was honored as an All-American for his spectacular season in 1986. Noga was promoted as Hawai'i's first Heisman Trophy candidate and finished as an Outland Trophy finalist. Noga was selected to play in both the 1987 Hula Bowl and Senior Bowl.

Noga went in the 3rd Round of the 1988 NFL Draft to the Minnesota Vikings. Noga started in 60 games from 1988-1994 for the Vikings, Washington and Indianapolis, racking up 276 tackles, an interception and four fumble recoveries. Noga returned both a fumble and an interception for touchdowns in 1990.

Linebacker Niko Noga was drafted in the 8th Round of the 1984 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Noga earned 56 starts from 1984-1991 with St. Louis, Phoenix and Detroit. Niko had seven fumble recoveries, one returned for a touchdown, and an interception in his pro career.

Wide receiver Chad Owens had a 33.5 kickoff return average with 2 touchdowns and a 12.0 punt return average with a touchdown in 2001 and a 25.1 kickoff return and 7.7 punt return average in 2002. Chad had 85 catches for 1,134 yards in 2003 and set what at the time was a school record with 102 receptions for 1,290 yards and 22 touchdowns (a record for both receiving touchdowns and total touchdowns) in 2004. Owens also had a spectacular 14.8 punt return average and brought 5 punts back for touchdowns that season. He set a school mark that still stands when he caught 5 TD passes in a game in 2004; he did it against both Michigan State and Northwestern. Owens was named a Freshman All-American in 2001 and was a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award in 2004. He made the All-WAC team in 2004. Chad was chosen to play in the 2004 East West Shrine Game and the Hula Bowl.

In his great UH career, Owens had 239 catches for 3,031 yards and 29 touchdowns. Owens is tied for the school record in total career touchdowns with 38. He also is the career leader in all-purpose yards with 5,461 and owns the career punt return average record with 11.0. Chad set an all-time NCAA record with his five punt returns for touchdowns in 2004. Owens was a 6th-round choice of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2005 NFL Draft.

Wide receiver Jason Rivers had 92 catches for 1,174 yards in 2007. Jason is #2 in all-time career catches with 292 for a school record 3,919 yards and 35 touchdowns. He torched the Arizona State secondary for 308 yards in 2006, a school record. Rivers played in the 2007 East-West Shrine Game and the Hula Bowl.

Guard Jesse Sapolu made the All-WAC team in 1980. He played in both the 1983 Hula Bowl and 1983 Japan Bowl. Sapolu was taken in the 11th Round of the 1983 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49'ers. He started 154 games from 1983-1997 (all with San Francisco). Sapolu was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1993 and 1994. Sapolu helped the ‘Niners win Super Bowls XIX, XXIII, XXIV and XXIX. He played in 22 playoff games, which is 15th all-time.

Center Samson Satele was selected in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. Satele has started 51 games in four seasons with Miami and Oakland.

Defensive tackle Colin Scots was selected in the 3rd Round of the 1987 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Running back Travis Sims had 2,311 career yards and 14 touchdowns on 367 carries. Sims still owns the single-season rushing record of 1,498 yards (on just 220 carries for a 6.8 avg.). His career 6.3 yards-per-carry average (367 carries for 2,313 yards) is also a Hawai'i mark. Travis was named All-WAC in 1992 and was elected to play in the 1992 Hula Bowl.

Wide receiver Jeff Snyder was drafted in the 6th Round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. From 1992-1995, Snyder was used primarily as a return specialist with Philadelphia and the New York Jets. He had a 9.5 punt return average in 1994 and a 10.5 average (10th in the NFL) in 1995. In 1992, Snyder sported a kickoff return average of 21.6, which was 10th in the league. Jeff had 50 kickoff returns in his career for an even 20.0 average.

Defensive tackle Isaac Soopage was the choice of the San Francisco 49'ers in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He has started 40 games since 2005 with San Francisco. Soopage has 101 tackles and a fumble recovery in his career.

Defensive tackle Maa Tanuvasa was drafted in the 8th Round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. Tanuvasa started 50 games from 1995-2000 for Denver.

Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa was chosen in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. He has started 85 games from 2003-2010, the last two years with Chicago. Tinoisamoa has 383 career tackles, 3 fumble recoveries and 7 interceptions.

Linebacker Jeff Ulbrich holds the school record for tackles in a season with 169 in 1999. He played in the 1999 Senior Bowl. He was drafted in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49'ers. Ulbrich started 75 games from 2000-2009, recording 487 tackles, 5 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions.

Defensive end David Veikune was drafted in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.

Defensive back Jeris White was honored as an All-American for UH in 1973 and played in the 1974 Senior Bowl. He was selected in the 2nd Round of the 1974 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. White played from 1974-1982 with Miami, Tampa Bay and Washington. He was 9th in the NFL with 4 fumble recoveries in 1976. White had 19 interceptions and 9 fumble recoveries in his career.

Defensive tackle John Woodcock was honored to play in three college all-star games as a senior—the College All-Star Game, the Coaches' All-American Game and the East-West Shrine Game. Woodcock was drafted in the 3rd Round of the 1976 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. Woodcock had 43 starts from 1976-1982 with Detroit and San Diego.

Hawai'i alumni, students and fans: You have a lot to proud of; a rich heritage, an amazing location, a great school and top-notch athletic programs. We Bronco fans have been glad to have known you. Ho'omaika'i 'ana and Pomaika'i!

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