Inspired by Oregon Ducks’ Marcus Mariota, Arizona Wildcats’ Anu Solomon gets chance to beat him

UDATE: Anu Solomon’s Arizona pulled off an upset win over #2 ranked Oregon last weekend.

Anu Solomon isn’t sure if Oregon’s Marcus Mariota remembers him. But the Arizona redshirt freshman quarterback still vividly recalls meeting the Ducks signal-caller for the first time three years ago during an island-wide Sunday workout at Mariota’s high school in Honolulu. Together, the two Hawaii natives did passing drills, working on timing with wide receivers.

Mariota was already an emerging star at Oregon at the time, and when the workout was over he gave advice to Solomon and the others who had participated: “Always remain humble, and work hard.”

Solomon has never forgotten Mariota’s words and heeded the advice ever since. It was an experience that Solomon calls “breathtaking.” “He’s a great icon,” Solomon said. “I look up to that guy. He’s a great athlete. He’s a great guy.”

On Thursday night, Solomon will once again be on the same field as Mariota. But this time it will be in front of a national television audience as their respective undefeated teams square off in Eugene in another Pac-12 showdown.

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While Mariota is considered the frontrunner for the Heisman, the dual-threat Solomon has made his mark in his first year as Arizona’s starter after beating out four others for the job. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound redshirt freshman’s most recent pass was a 47-yard Hail Mary to beat California 49-45 on the game’s final play. It was his fifth touchdown pass on his 73rd attempt of the night and capped his career-high 520 passing yards. This season, he’s thrown for 1,454 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions.

It’s been quite a start for Solomon, whose full given name is Jarrett Pekelo Kahanuolaokalani. He goes by Anu, three letters in his last given name because his cousins had trouble pronouncing it. “There is no shame at all in that,” Solomon said with a laugh.

Solomon is not ashamed to admit how much he initially struggled when he and his family moved from Honolulu to Las Vegas when he was 10. His biggest problem was speaking English because his primary language was Pidgin English, a hodgepodge of Hawaiian and foreign words. Solomon laughingly recalls a friend once telling him to “stay up” when dropping him off. It’s a slang expression for good luck or take care, but Solomon actually thought his friend wanted him to stay up all night, which he did.

The next morning, Solomon called his friend and told him, “Bro, don’t ever tell me to stay up and you’re not going to call me.” His friend laughed and explained the phrase’s meaning to Solomon. “It was pretty funny at the time,” Solomon said. “It was just crazy.”

Solomon ended up starring at Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas, earning scholarship offers from Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA, among others. He chose Arizona mainly because of Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez and he felt the program was on an “incline.”

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Redshirting last season was a humbling experience for Solomon, but it allowed him to get better acclimated with Rodriguez’s fast-paced spread-option offense. Not that he or his father, Jarrett, his biggest critic, think he’s mastered it. The younger Solomon is extremely critical of himself, too. He gets it from his father who played linebacker at San Jose State. The elder Solomon is quick to point out his son’s overthrows, misreads and slowness. He anticipated his son’s stardom long ago, putting a football in his hand shortly after his birth. “He wanted me to be a linebacker like him,” Solomon said.

Instead, Solomon is more like Mariota, who could be the first pick in next spring’s NFL Draft. He hopes to someday mean as much to Hawaii as Mariota does. “I’m doing this for them,” Solomon said.

And he’s got a chance Thursday night to make sure that Mariota remembers him.

via Inspired by Oregon Ducks’ Marcus Mariota, Arizona Wildcats’ Anu Solomon gets chance to beat him – College Football – SI.com.

QB Bryant Moniz hopes to turn over new leaf | Stampeders

Bryant Moniz knows the first 11 yards of his run were perfect.

The 12th yard? Not so much.

On a designed quarterback run in the second quarter of Saturday’s 14-7 CFL win over the B.C. Lions, the Calgary Stampeders rookie quarterback, who had taken over short-yardage duties with Bo Levi Mitchell sidelined, sliced up the middle, picked up a first down … and then simply dropped the football.

“I tripped, went down, and the ball came out — I think I was just over-excited,” Moniz said with a sheepish grin Monday. “My brain was going so much faster than my feet were going.”

The miscue didn’t hurt the Stamps, as the Lions quickly punted it back to them, but it was also the only turnover of the game for the Red & White.

“It was a great designed play, and that was the worst thing about it,” Moniz said. “Actually, the fumble’s the worst thing about it, but, hopefully, I get to redeem myself down the line.”

Stamps GM/head coach John Hufnagel isn’t holding it against the 25-year-old Hawaiian.

“It was unfortunate,” Hufnagel said. “It was a quarterback-counter play, and it was executed very well. He was a little over-anxious, and he went down and lost control of the football. I know that he was very disappointed in himself, but he has to flush it out of his system and move on to the next play.”

Since Mitchell went down in Week 12, the rookie has found more responsibility piled onto his plate, and Hufnagel has been happy with the way Moniz has responded.

“I see a guy that prepares hard with whatever task we ask him to do, and he’s done a good job,” Hufnagel said. “He’ll learn from this past indiscretion.”

 

via Stampeders notebook — QB Bryant Moniz hopes to turn over new leaf | Stampeders.

Ephraim Tuliloa throws 6 touchdowns for Punahou in season opener

Tuliloa ready to take over at Punahou | KHON2

For the first time since 2010, defending state champion Punahou will start the season without Larry “Tui” Tuileta holding the reigns at quarterback.

Friday night at Aloha Stadium, Cover2 Power Poll’s top-ranked Punahou will open its title defense against 8th-ranked Saint Louis in both team’s ILH opener.

After claiming three straight league titles and appearing in three consecutive state championship game appearances under 2013 Cover2 offensive player of the year and now USC freshman Tui Tuileta, the Buffanblu offense will now go through the arm of 6’3″ junior Ephraim Tuliloa.

“I think it’s definitely a privilege, I mean whenever you’re representing a team, and especially a school like Punahou, it’s definitely a privilege and honor,” said Tuliloa. “It’s a mixture of nervousness and definitely excited, you know, I haven’t had a real game.”

Two-time HHSAA State Championship Head Coach Kale Ane appears excited to start a new era with Tuliloa under center: “He’s unique. He can throw. He can run. He’s big enough to run. He’s more athletic than people think. He had a great mentor, Tui, so he saw the immense pressure that he was under and how he handled it, the poise he had, so he’s had a great opportunity to learn from a quality person,” said Ane.

 

via Tuliloa ready to take over at Punahou | KHON2.

Nicole Watase- University of Oregon Marcus Mariota’s Girlfriend bio, wiki, photos

Is it possible to know your soul mate at the early age of 19? Sorry ladies, it seems 19-year-old Samoan QB Marcus Mariota is very much head over heals with his girlfriend, and how could he not! She is gorgeous and has done some modeling. Last year during an interview he revealed she is “the one” saying:

I love her to death. She’s here now and I’m happy she’s here. She’s the one, after the Washington State game, I was pretty sore, and she helped work out the kinks,”

Her name? Miss Nicole Watase, she has been his high school sweetheart Watase, is a recent graduate of Sacred Hearts, just started her freshman year at Oregon last year.

She is the daughter of a former MidWeek employee, Karen Watase who is confident her daughter has also found someone special in the talented player saying,

“Marcus took Nicole to his junior prom, and they’ve pretty much been together ever since,”

They sure have this this classic, sweet storybook tale going on, get this, Nicole’s mother also revealed during Marcus’ senior year he was the quarterback and she was cheerleading for Sacred Hearts, which cheers for Saint Louis. See her cheering video below, shaking it!

Nicole played soccer when she was younger and wrestled in high school! She was part of Premier Models and Talent which is Hawaii’s elite full service agency, representing the top models and actors statewide. Known for our fast professional service and the best new faces, Premier also offers production, stylists, photographers, and casting facilities.

nicole watase

According to her profile she is 5FT 3 IN, brown aye and hair color, waist size 23 in, hips size 34 in and bust 32 in. She has experience doing print and commercial work.

When her boyfriend was asked if her presence in Eugene be a distraction?

“Nothing distracts Marcus. He has focus like you wouldn’t believe.”

And it appears so, now a year later Nicole might become the girl of a Heisman Trophy winner winner!

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via Nicole Watase- University of Oregon Marcus Mariota’s Girlfriend bio, wiki, photos.

Bryant Moniz battle for Third-string QB for Calgary Stampeders

It’s like comparing apples and oranges.It’s not so much which one is better.More like which one suits your taste buds.

Rusty Smith and Bryant Moniz are polar opposites competing for the same third-string quarterback spot with the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders.One has the big arm and can deliver darts. The other has the mobility and the wheels to create yardage out of thin air.

So which one do you like?Stamps offensive co-ordinator Dave Dickenson likes what each guy brings to the table.“Rusty is a slinger,” Dickenson said. “But he has enough mobility that we think he can manage the pocket and get out of it if he needs to.

“Bryant showed how quick he is. We like that. We have always looked for a change-up kind of guy.”The Stamps like to use their third pivot as their short-yardage specialist.Both Drew Tate and Bo Levi Mitchell, who are in a neck-and-neck battle of their own for the starter’s gig, have served as the club’s No. 3 quarterback over the past couple of seasons.“Drew did a good job of finding his niche when he had that package,” Dickenson said. “Then, Bo moved into that spot, and it’s always a positive to see a guy produce doing your short-yardage package.“It’s always an advantage if you have more athleticism, but I don’t necessarily think that’s the top criteria as far as when I’m looking for a quarterback.”

If nimble feet is a prerequisite, Moniz, out of the NCAA’s University of Hawaii, would likely have the advantage. But if you’re looking to groom a potential starter, Smith, out of the NCAA’s Florida Atlantic University, certainly oozes potential.“I don’t really look for a run guy anymore,” Dickenson said. “I want guys that have enough ability that they can get out and give you extra time to throw.“But I’m really looking for a quarterback first and foremost.

”Smith and Moniz will get their final opportunity to impress the coaching staff Friday in Vancouver 8 p.m., TSN, News Talk 770.But they had better take advantage of every snap, because they won’t be getting many.“They’re not going to get a lot of work this week,” Dickenson confirmed. “We’re out there trying to evaluate who the starter is.”

Both Smith, 27, and Moniz, 25, had their moments in Saturday’s 23-20 pre-season win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at McMahon Stadium.Smith was picked off by Bombers cornerback Bruce Johnson but also led the Stamps into field-goal position for the tying and winning boots.

“You can’t learn everything from practice or the film-room,” Smith said. “You have to get out there where the bullets are live, where you’re actually getting hit and where the pass-rush is real.“Even throwing that interception — I would love to have that throw back, but I learned something on that play.“That’s a throw in an American game — I would throw that no problem. That receiver’s not buzzing out there that far because he doesn’t have that far to go on an American field.”

Moniz showed off his scrambling ability as he zipped upfield for 20 yards.“There’s a lot of things, after watching film, that you can improve on,” Moniz said. “But the feeling I had was positive. As an offence, it felt like we were able to string some plays together and move the ball down the field.”

via Third-string QB battle on for Calgary Stampeders | Stampeders | Sports | Calgary.

Jackson State expects to hire NCAA record holder Timmy Chang as offensive coordinator

JSU expects to hire NCAA record holder Timmy Chang as offensive coordinator | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com

Jackson State is expected to name Timmy Chang as its next offensive coordinator, multiple sources told The Clarion-Ledger.

The university said there is no official word on Chang, who was a prolific college quarterback while at Hawaii (2000-2004) and took the Warriors to three Hawaii Bowls.

Footballscoop.com tweeted the news on Thursday, and Chang has been reported on campus.

Chang would come from Southern Methodist University, where he served as the offensive graduate assistant.

He currently owns the NCAA record for total plays and passing attempts. He is second all-time in both total career offensive yards and passing yards.

Upon graduating from Hawaii, Chang joined the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent.

via JSU expects to hire NCAA record holder Timmy Chang as offensive coordinator | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com.