Vince Speaks

Veteran offensive guard Vince Manuwai missed all of the 2008 season with an ACL tear in the season opener at Tennessee. It was a tough way to end his streak of 68 consecutive starts that the former University of Hawaii standout has accumulated. Find out if he thinks he'll be ready for the upcoming season.

Vince Manuwai insists that the knee is stronger than ever and he's ready to step back into the team's starting lineup come next fall.

"Mentally I'm ready. We've pretty much got the same system, so I'm not worried about knowing the plays or the system of what we've got to run in the offense," he said.

"I think I'm cool (as far as confidence in his injured leg). I push a little bit more than what I'm supposed to. Not too crazy, but just enough to where it's OK. I overworked it a little bit more but other than that when it's time to pull back, I'll pull back. Of course the goal is to get it in within five months and not in one week. So I'm not trying to push it too much but to get to September or at least August first to do some things and to follow the direction on what I have to do, the protocols.

"They'll be times I'm probably going to want to push mentally, but I've still got to listen to what they me to do."


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