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Monday, July 8, 2013

Hawaii Warriors 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Hawaii Warriors.

Kicker: Tyler Hadden, junior 
(Whittier, CA / California HS)
"This past season I played with two sports hernias, which led to a double hernia surgery in February. Unfortunately I missed spring ball. But I participated in rehab activities all spring which I finished about a month ago. This summer I have been working on getting my strength back get back so that I can compete at the high level again. For this up coming season we are very excited. As a special teams unit we have a goal to be the best Field Goal unit in the nation as well as having the number one kickoff coverage team in the nation. Coach Demo does a great job coaching the coverages and protections so I see this as a very achievable goal. Our punter and long snapper both graduated last year but I believe the guys coming in this year will come in and do well."
Kicker: Ceejay Santos, sophomore (Wailuku, Maui / Baldwin HS)
Handling the place-kicking during Spring while Tyler hadden was recovering.
Kicker: Joe Uglietto, sophomore (Boston, MA / Colgate University)
2012: sat out due to transferring
2011: played in all 11 games for the Colgate Raiders as a freshman. was named Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week (10/31). made 28-of-32 PAT's and 7-of-10 field goal attempts. also recorded 24 kickoffs for 1,220 yards. finished the season with 49 points.
Kicker/punter: Jackson Dionne, junior (Costa Mesa, CA / Orange Coast College)
"It is essential to continue working out In the weight room and getting stronger. Second, train hard and work on perfecting all the mistakes you made in the previous season. Thirdly, stay loose and have fun with it. To me, a relaxed mind allows me to have my best reps. My goal for the season is to start right off the back. But I am also prepared to constantly push myself to get better if I red shirt and earn a scholarship."
Dionne is expected to be included on the Warriors' 104-player roster for training camp. "He can kick field goals and kickoffs, and he can punt," said Brad Bohn, director of the West Coast Kicking Academy. "We trained him the past two years as far as kicking and punting. He's a tremendous athlete. He's real calm and collected. The best way to describe him is he's a competitor. He has a lot of pride, and he likes to compete."
Punter: Ruben Guzman, (Fontana, CA / Riverside City College)
"During my offseason I been training non stop on my punting. My plans for this summer is focusing on my hang time and follow through. My foot steps and leg explosive looks good. My plans for this upcoming season is to be consistent with my punts and to set the football deep every time I get to punt. That will be my job at Hawaii."
'Four times a week the past couple of months, Guzman would work on position drills for two hours. After that, he would do conditioning drills. In the evening, he would go to the gym, sometimes spending up to three hours on various strength and cardio exercises. Kicker Tyler Hadden "told me we have a new strength coach (Gary Beemer), and he's very strict," Guzman said. "I didn't want to be that one guy trying to keep up with the other players. I wanted to keep up.... I have some big shoes to fill after Alex (Dunnachie)," Guzman said. "I'm looking forward to it".'

Punter: Mark Monteiro, freshman (Buckley, WA / White River HS)
For this spring, Mark Monteiro, a walk-on, was been doing the majority of punting. "I'm getting a lot of reps," Monteiro said. "It's pretty nice. The first day I had a little jitters. Now I'm getting much better." Monteiro said he has no previous isle ties but "I grew up watching the team (on television). I always liked the Warriors — the way they fought, the way they played. It was inspiring."
Long snapper: Brian Hittner, sophomore (Anaheim Hills, CA / Saddleback JC)
2012: Redshirted.
Prior To UH: Played one season at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif…served as the team’s long snapper
"I have been snapping almost everyday and working out weight is a big concern with me they want me at 220 and above so I have been working on that... Other than that trying to enjoy the little amount of off time to spend with the family and my goals are to be 215-220 for the first game against USC so I can snap both punt and PAT/field goal."
DE/long snapper: Beau Yap, junior (Pearl City, O‘ahu / Kamehameha Schools- Kapalama)
Yap was used as the long-snapper until he suffered a fracture in his right foot during the second spring practice.
OL/long snapper: Kody Afusia, junior (Midway City, CA / Ocean View HS)
In Beau Yap's absence, Kody Afusia has served as the long-snapper.

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