Thursday, September 16, 1999
crosses to gridiron
Fifty-nine Hawaii-born football
players have chosen to toil
for mainland teams
A team-by-team list of local playersBy Pat Bigold
There are a lot of them who get away.
Just how many former Hawaii prep players can be found on the rosters of mainland Division I football programs?
At last check, there were 60. Seven teams nationally ranked by Associated Press have island players.
No. 4 Nebraska has four on its roster, No. 19 Arizona has seven, No. 25 BYU has five, and No. 16 Kansas State, No. 17 USC, No. 21 UCLA, and No. 24 Notre Dame have one apiece.
The mainland conferences with the most island players are the Pac-10 (23) and Mountain West (28).
'(Joe Igber) had a great camp,
came in great shape, played smart,
took to the offense right away
and was kind of electric
to the team.'
CALIFORNIA HEAD COACH
Except for the Rainbows (37), Utah has the most Hawaii players of any Division I school: 16.
The key Utes are junior quarterback Darnell Arceneaux (St. Louis), who has led the team to wins in each of his seven starts, and junior linebacker Kautai Olevao (first-team All-Western Athletic Conference in 1998). Olevao played for Kahuku in high school.
The only other Hawaii quarterback who gets regular playing time in Division I is Washington State's Jason Gesser, also a St. Louis alumnus.
Gesser backs up starter Steve Birnbaum, but he has seen substantial time in the Cougars' two games this season.
In last weekend's loss to Stanford, Gesser completed 11 of 23 passes for 120 yards. In the season-opening loss to Utah, he directed an 80-yard drive for the Cougars' only touchdown.
The most promising ball carrier is California freshman Joe Igber, who is a reserve tailback behind starting junior Marcus Fields.
Igber excited Bears fans with his 55-yard performance in the opener against Rutgers.
Bears head coach Tom Holmoe said the decision not to redshirt Igber was easy.
"He had a great camp, came in great shape, played smart, took to the offense right away and was kind of electric to the team," said Holmoe. "The coaches liked him so we made the decision to play him right away."
Against Rutgers, Igber not only went 35 yards on his first carry, but he helped sew up the 21-7 win.
"At the end of the game, he was the tailback to come in and give us three consecutive runs for a first down that iced the game," said Holmoe.
Isle players at mainland
Division I schools
Notre DameJason Ching DE 6-3 260 Sr. Punahou
ArizonaBen Alualu DL 6-0 260 So. St. Louis Keoni Fraser DL 6-0 287 So. Kailua Makai Freitas OL 6-7 283 Jr. Kamehameha Makoa Freitas OL 6-4 294 So. Kamehameha Steven Grace OL 6-2 280 So. Kamehameha Wilton Paogofie FB 5-9 225 Jr. Konawaena Joe Siofele LB 6-2 235 Fr. St. Louis
CaliforniaWayne Hunter DE 6-6 280 Fr. Radford Joe Igber RB 5-8 190 Fr. Iolani Josh White FB 5-11 245 Sr. Farrington
OregonBilly Prince LB 6-1 227 Jr. Hawaii Prep
Oregon StateShawn Ball DT 6-0 275 Sr. Punahou Colin Kealoha OL 6-3 273 Fr. Kamehameha Toalei Talataina DE 6-2 239 Sr. Kahuku Isaac White LB 6-1 215 Sr. Campbell
StanfordTafiti Uso WR 6-0 190 Jr. Punahou
UCLABilly Pieper LB 6-2 238 Jr. Kamehameha
USCFaasea Mailo OL 6-5 330 So. Kahuku
WashingtonKen Walker LB 6-1 230 So. Moanalua
Washington StateIng Aleaga DL 6-2 291 Fr. Aiea Gerald Cook II DL 6-7 230 Fr. Campbell Sean DeCambra WR 5-10 182 Sr. Kailua Jason Gesser QB 6-1 197 Fr. St. Louis
NorthwesternMike Souza OL 6-6 285 Jr. Punahou
ColoradoSam Taulealea DL 6-0 300 Fr. St. Louis
NebraskaToniu Fonoti OL 6-4 300 Fr. Kahuku Dominic Raiola C 6-2 295 So. St. Louis Tony Tata LB 6-1 240 Fr. St. Louis Junior Tagoai DL 6-3 290 Fr. St. Louis
Kansas StateMario Fatafehi DL 6-2 305 Jr. Farrington
MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE
Air ForceShane Alfar LB 6-1 210 So. Mililani
Brigham YoungDonny Atuaia FB 6-1 235 Sr. Kahuku Jimmy Betham DL 6-0 280 Fr. Kahuku Kahau Enos LB 6-2 245 Fr. Kamehameha Tevita Ofahengaue TE 6-3 250 Jr. Kahuku Bristol Olomua TE 6-5 210 Fr. Laie native
New MexicoJacob Ordenstein SB 5-11 192 Fr. Kamehameha
UNLVMicah Ancheta RB 5-8 190 Jr. St. Louis Hekili Apao DB 6-0 200 Fr. Damien Danny Pacheco C 6-2 290 Jr. Kamehameha James Sunia LB 5-10 245 So. St. Louis
UtahAnthony Arceneaux WR 5-9 165 Fr. St. Louis Darnell Arceneaux QB 6-1 194 Jr. St. Louis Stewart Carvalho RB 5-7 191 Sr. Kauai Ryan Kaneshiro K 5-10 193 So. Iolani Maake Kemoeatu DL 6-5 297 Jr. Kahuku Taulia Lave LB 6-1 273 Sr. Waianae Siuaki Livai OL 6-2 311 Fr. Kahuku Kautai Olevao LB 6-2 245 Jr. Kahuku Cliff Russell WR 6-0 180 So. Campbell Lauvale Sape DL 6-2 272 So. Leilehua Leroy Shelton WR 6-2 167 So. Hilo Sean Souza OL 6-5 321 Fr. St. Louis Ed Taamu DL 6-3 311 Jr. Iolani Rod Talaeai OL 6-0 250 Sr. Farrington Wes Tufaga LB 6-0 242 Jr. St. Louis Donny Utu WR 6-1 210 Sr. Punahou
WyomingLeo Caires LB 6-1 220 Jr. Maui