Exploring The Hawai'i-UW Connections
For a handful of Huskies this weekend, the matchup with Hawai'i runs a little deeper than your traditional college football opponent. Washington has five Hawaiians on its roster, most of whom passed up opportunities to play on the islands in favor of coming to UW.
Hau'oli Jamora told reporters this week his brother-in-law (Corey Paredes) is a senior linebacker for the Warriors. And while there is pressure on the islands to play for Hawai'i, Jamora also noted family friends prodded him to make his own decision. The other Hawaiians on the UW roster include Micah Hatchie (Haleiwa, HI), Lawrence Lagafuaina (Alea, HI), Taz Stephenson (Milliani, HI) and Semisi Tokolahi (Hilo, HI). All but Tokolahi grew up on the island of Oahu.
Look for the Hawai'i pipeline to continue with Steve Sarkisian at the helm. The third-year coach has recruited the islands dating back to his days as an assistant at USC, and has familiarity there. So does Johnny Nansen, the defensive line assistant who's been instrumental in helping the Huskies establish a presence on the islands.
One reason that Sark recruits the islands so heavily is the intense brand of football played between the schools, many of which have deep-seeded rivalries. Sark added that physical style of play meshes well with the Huskies' own philosophies.
But the tradition of bringing Hawai'i players to Seattle dates back a few more years. As Bob Condotta notes, some of the Huskies most-known players have come from our nation's 50th state. This includes long time NFL center Olin Kreutz, and most recently Daniel Te'o-Ne'sheim, who is currently on the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad. We should also note that DTN dressed as if he never left the islands, never without his shorts and flip-flops, no matter the weather conditions in Seattle.
We'll have more this week on the Dawg Blawg of the Huskies matchup with Hawaii, which takes place at 12:30 p.m. at Husky Stadium.
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