Ala, Manuwai pump away as summer approaches
By RSN Hammer
May 25, 2002
It was such an interesting mix to see in the Alec Waterhouse weight room … Warriors in different stages of the Warriors' Journey … Strength Coach Mel DeLaura, the former Rainbow Warrior who had come full circle back to where it all started, instructing current, past and future Warriors … there was Joe Correia who had completed his journey as a Warrior and is getting a shot at playing on Sundays … there was the senior to be Vincent Manuwai in his last year as a Warrior and preparing for a possible NFL career … there was the junior to be Houston Ala…..and then there were the future Warriors, the incoming recruits, Samson Satele and company right out of Kailua High School.
RSN Hammer: "Houston, you look good. How big?"
Houston Ala: "Two-fifty. Could put on more weight, but just gotta listen to Coach DeLaura. Better to put on the weight the right way"
RSN Hammer: "Before UH did you have any formal weight and strength program?"
Houston Ala: "No, but Kam school just hired someone for a weight and strength program."
I remember seeing Houston during his first fall camp … he looked about 210 and looked like a linebacker instead of a defensive end … Houston has really bulked up real solid and it looks like he will make a major contribution this year … no fat, all muscle and he is strong … he was consistently lifting 120-pound dumbbells in each hand.
RSN Hammer: "Do you regret not redshirting?"
Houston Ala: "Nah, you just gotta be ready and play when they need you to play."
Gotta love the team first attitude.
You just gotta love the recruits from Kailua … can't help but be impressed by Samson Satele and company's heart and desire to get started in their Warrior journey … Houston mentioned that normally recruits come in a week or a couple days before fall camp … by coming in this early the Kailua boys are getting a big jump on the other newcomers … these are raw young men ready to be chiseled thru hard work and proper guidance … there is such a contrast in workout techniques and body makeup that can be seen between the older Warriors and these new Warriors.
RSN Hammer: "Vince, this is your last year here….ready for the NFL?"
Vincent Manuwai: "Hope to be."
Vince is ever so humble and is one of the Warriors' team leaders who leads by his actions.
RSN Hammer: "If you could choose what team to play for who would it be?"
Vincent Manuwai: "49ers, something about the colors."
RSN Hammer: "49ers, my team all my life. Warrior highlights?"
Vincent Manuwai: "Really wanted to play at home in front of family."
RSN Hammer: "How big were you as an incoming freshman? How fast?"
Vincent Manuwai: "About 250. Now about 290. Used to be a 4.9 40, but, with the extra 40 pounds, now a 5.1 40."
"OK, time, time to run," Coach DeLaura called out … the weight room was finished for the day, it was now time to run at the football practice field … started walking out of the Alec Waterhouse weight room with Vince and just talked story …
RSN Hammer: "Thanks for letting me hang out with you guys."
Vincent Manuwai: "Anytime. You're a supporter. We want to give back to our supporters."
RSN Hammer: "Thanks, Vincent ‘NFL' Manuwai."
Vincent Manuwai: "No, just Vinny."
Warriors 2002 … to be continued.