Eight Players Earn All-WAC Football Honors

Release Date: 11/30/04 HONOLULU - Eight University of Hawai'i football players were named to the All-Western Athletic Conference teams, according to a press release from the league office today.

Chang, who became the NCAA career passing leader on Nov. 6, 2004, compiled 3,437 yards and 30 touchdowns on 298-of-507 passing in 11 games this season. The Waipahu, Oahu, native, is the only player in college football history to eclipse the 16,000-yard mark in both passing (16,251) and total offense (16,060). He earned WAC Player of the Week honors (Nov. 8) and currently leads the WAC in both passing (312.5) and total offense (311.2, second nationally). This is Chang's fourth season on the all-WAC teams. He was the WAC Freshman of the Year in 2000, earned honorable mention honors in 2000 and 2003, and second team honors in 2002.

Owens is the first UH player to earn all-WAC honors in two different positions since 1992 when Jason Elam earned first team honors as a place-kicker and second team honors as a punter. The walk-on out of Roosevelt High School in Honolulu, currently ranks second in the WAC averaging 7.36 catches per game (seventh nationally) and receiving yards per game averaging 81.2 yards per game (24th nationally). Owens leads the Warriors with 81 catches for 893 yards and 11 touchdowns and 29 punt returns for 423 yards and four scores. He was named WAC Offensive Player of the Week twice and WAC Special Teams Player of the Week once this season, and is the school's career leader in all-purpose yards (4,956). This is Owens' second straight season on the all-WAC first team.

Elimimian has compiled a team-high five interceptions in 10 games this season and is one shy of the school record of 13 career interceptions. He tied the school record with three picks at UTEP on Oct. 16, 2004. The Los Angeles, Calif., native, leads the WAC averaging 0.56 interceptions per game (ninth nationally) and is second in the WAC averaging 1.56 pass breaks ups per game. Elimimian, who has also blocked a PAT and returned a fumble for a touchdown earlier this season, has amassed 47 tackles (36 solo) in 10 games, and started a string of 32 straight games for the Warriors. This is Elimimain's second all-WAC honor after earned honorable mention accolades in 2003.

Satele leads the team with 38 knockdowns and has given up three sacks in 11 games this season. The Kailua, Oahu, native, has started all 25 games of his career, including the last two at center, and posted a season-high 89 percent grade against Florida Atlantic on Sept. 4. He is averaging an 81 percent grade in 2004, and serves as the anchor of an offensive line that averages one sack every 57 pass attempts. This is Satele's second straight season on the all-WAC second team, and also earned Scripps/FWAA First Team Freshman All-America honors in 2003.

Wide receiver Jason Rivers (6-1, 189, So.), offensive linemen Uriah Moenoa (6-2, 336, Sr.), Tala Esera (6-3, 291, So.), and defensive end Melila Purcell (6-4, 266, Jr.), all earned honorable mention honors.


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