Everybody is talking about how you look like you are really changing your body. Tell me about your off-season.
Evan Huahulu: "I came out of football this season getting pretty big in a bad way. I was just living the life away from my parents eating too much. I think ever since I got out of wrestling, cutting the weight I did, I really messed up my metabolism. It caused me to gain weight really quick, quicker than anybody else. I'm just getting my metabolism back and I have lost about 20 pounds. I still have about 15 pounds to go. I feel better than before. I couldn't really do the conditioning before, I still have trouble breathing, but it's better than before.
So you feel that your quicker and that you have more energy and stamina?
Evan Huahulu: "Oh definitely!"
Was there a moment when you realized man I got to lose this weight and get in shape or was it just a gradual process?
Evan Huahulu: "We'll I hurt my knee. It wasn't major, but I figured my weight is something that was contributing to it. So I figured its time for me to lose the weight and get it done."
You have told me about your what you are doing already, but was this off-season what you expected?
Evan Huahulu: "Yeah, I knew it was going to be tough. So right now it has not been a big surprise."
Tell me about Coach Vic. What has he talked about with you this off-season and what is he doing for you?
Evan Huahulu: "Coach Vic has been on me a lot about cutting the weight. He told me that I'm his project for the off-season. It's not really a big deal for strength, I need to keep it right where it's at. What I really need to do is work on my endurance and speed."
Tell me about the defensive line this year. What do you expect?
Evan Huahulu: "There are a lot of guys and a lot of new people. It's going to be really a battle to see who starts at the positions. It will be fun."
No matter how much pressure you put on the quarterback, the defensive backfield has to do its part and keep the receivers covered. What are your thoughts on the secondary this next year?
Evan Huahulu: "We have a lot of sound players with McCann and Bell. As much as people say the d-line leads the team, I think the secondary has the toughest position on the football field. I know that from a mental standpoint I couldn't do it. I would hate reading defenses. I just want to lineup and hit somebody. I have the most respect for the secondary out of the whole football team."
How excited are you for the spring practices?
Evan Huahulu: "I can't wait to put the pads back on. It's getting tough not being able to go out there and hit heads with somebody."
What have the upperclassman told you to expect in your first series of spring practices?
Evan Huahulu: "I think Coach Jones started right when spring practices were getting ready so the upperclassman don't really know what is going on. I think everybody is pretty excited and ready to step up, but yet nervous to from what we have heard."
How much do you following recruiting?
Evan Huahulu: "I watch it pretty closely. I like to see who is coming in here and will step up someday."
Without getting into names, it looks like the Mustangs are really focusing a lot of their attention on the defensive side of the ball in this year's recruiting class. What are your thoughts on that?
Evan Huahulu: "We'll we need help on the defense. There are positions where guys have their set positions like Bell or McCann, but Coach Jones has proved before that he will play a freshman and a lot of them. It's pushing the guys here a lot harder, because they don't want to lose their position to a freshman. Whatever the best deicision for the team, that is what we have to do."
Evan's current attributes:
Forty-Time: Expects it drop a bit. Was a 5.2 when he ran it at 335 pounds.