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Posted at 11:34 a.m., Thursday, October 12, 2006

UH's Samson Satele invited to East West Shrine game

By Stephen Tsai
Advertiser Staff Writer


Samson Satele

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University of Hawai'i football player Samson Satele has been invited to play in the 82nd East West Shrine all-star football game in Houston.

"We heard he's a very good player and a very good person," said William Homer, the game's director of player personnel.

Satele, a center, is one of 60 college seniors who have received invitations.

Homer said "close to 95" players will be invited. Satele is the only UH player to have received an invitation to the coming game.

"(UH) coach (June) Jones has been really helpful," Homer said. "Hawai'i has a good program. We like to have guys from Hawai'i. We think Samson is very deserving. The bottom line is he's a very good player."

The game will be played Jan. 20, 2007, at Reliant Stadium. In previous years, the game was played in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Satele, defensive end Ikaika Alama-Francis, free safety Leonard Peters, and offensive tackles Dane Uperesa and Tala Esera are on the "watch list" for the Senior Bowl.

Reach Stephen Tsai at stsai@honoluluadvertiser.com.