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Some Hawaii players that we should look at in the draft/free agency.

The Dolphins have a couple of former Hawaii players on their active roster in WR Davone Bess and LB Ikaika Alama-Francis and have seen other Hawaii players come and go (C Samson Satele, FB Reagan Mauia, and WR Ryan Grice-Mullins).  Hawaii had a break-out season in 2010 going 10-3, however with Boise St. and Nevada headlining the WAC in 2010, they have largely gone under the radar.  The last time they were this good, All of the mentioned players were on the Hawaii roster.  We need some offensive fire power and I believe we can get some real value out of over-looked Hawaii players in 3rd day draft picks and free agency.

#1 WR Greg Salas: (6'2, 200) Salas is the highest profile player on this years Hawaii team and the most productive WR to come out of Hawaii since Davone Bess.  With his reliable hands, great play-making ability and his physical playing style, many expected a big season out of Salas and they weren't disappointed.  He already owns the school record for the most career receiving yards all-time with 4,131 yards, and in the upcoming Hawaii Bowl, Salas has a shot at 2 more records:  The WAC/UH record for receiving yardage in a single season (1,713 yards set by Ashley Lelie) and the single-season reception record (108 receptions set by Davone Bess).  Salas needs 3 more receptions to pass Bess and 39 yards to break Lelie's record.  Salas is the one player most likely to be drafted out of Hawaii in the 2011 draft (Probably a mid-to-late round draft pick).

Season stats: 106 receptions for 1,675 yards and 12 touchdowns

Highlights:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsqqmN-ffeY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkrdMuaQoOI

#21 WR Kealoha Pilares: (5'11, 200)  While everybody expected a big season from Greg Salas, no one saw Pilares coming. At first glance, he seems like the prototypical Hawaii slot receiver with soft hands, high agility and play-making ability, however, what makes Pilares different is he is strength and physical play.  Pilares had a great 2010 season, scoring 3 more TDs than Salas in 1 less game (He missed the Boise State game with an injury).  Pilares was consistently good, playing well against both the good teams (5 receptions for 176 yards and 3 touchdowns vs Southern California, 6 receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown at Colorado, and 8 receptions for 67 yards and 2 touchdowns vs. Nevada) and the bad teams (18 receptions for 217 yards and 2 touchdowns vs La Tech, 7 receptions for 98 yards at Utah St., 9 receptions for 154 yards and a touchdown vs. San Jose St., and 9 receptions for 157 yards and a touchdown vs UNLV).  Since Salas is the big-name Hawaii receiver, Pilares is likely to drop to the 7th round or free agency where he would be a steal for any team.

Season stats:  88 receptions for 1,306 yards and 15 touchdowns

Highlights:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uBVAHXtan0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsyvQHEFh9I&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g8UcTpWWM4

#25 RB Alex Green: (6'2, 230)  Alex Green has proven that a RB can be successful in the Run-And-Shoot offense, breaking the record holder for the most rushing yardage in a single game (325 yards against New Mexico St.), and becoming the first Hawaii RB to rush for 1,000+ yards in a single season since 1992.  Green is a beast, plain and simple.  He has the agility and speed of a smaller back, with the pass blocking skills and physicality of a bigger back.   Because of the pass-happy offense that Hawaii runs, the Warriors are near the bottom of the country in rushing offense with an average of 109.1 rushing yards per game.  Given the amount of carries he got (an average of 10.23 rushes per game), Green did the most with his opportunities (1,135 rushing yards, 8.5 yards per carry and 17 touchdowns).  In the end, it is doubtful that Green will get drafted because he isn't very well-known, which means that we could probably pick him up as a free agent.  Since we need young RBs, Green would definitely be a steal in free agency.

Season stats:  133 rushes for 1,135 yards, 8.5 yards per carry, 87.3 yards per game and 17 rushing touchdowns; 26 receptions for 348 yards and 1 touchdown

Highlights:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FioaTYQf1TQ&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lV5KK2zXAM&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hstk3kG5WrY&feature=related

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