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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 1:59 p.m., Thursday, March 29, 2007

Ex-Warriors impress at football UH Pro Day in California

By Stephen Tsai
Advertiser Staff Writer

Advertiser sports writer Stephen Tsai is at Pro Day in Carson, Calif., and will provide live updates on the former University of Hawai'i players who are participating. To see the updates, click on the link to his blog below

CARSON, Calif. — The Warriors were impressive during the morning phase of Pro Day.

Running back Regan Mauia looks like a different player. He has buzz cut, and he trimmed down to 272 pounds.

Running back Nate Ilaoa weighed in at 255 — about 10 pounds higher than his target weight — but he ran a very fast L-drill.

The biggest surprise is Kenny Patton, who missed UH's final eight games because of a broken collarbone. Patton had the highest vertical jump (41 1/2 inches) and ran 40 yards in 4.5 seconds. After the drills, the New Orleans Saints set up a private interview.

The New York Jets are showing strong interest in safety Leonard Peters. Jets head coach Eric Mangini watched the workouts. Peters has been told he will be picked in the first five rounds. He is projected to play strong safety or weak-side linebacker.

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The 40 times were really slow. Instead of running on the track, the players had to run on the FieldTurf. There was a lot of slipping. Plus, it's an inexact science. There was no official timer. It was 50 scouts holding stopwatches. Because of the slow conditions, the scouts said they might deduct a tenth of a second.

Here are some of the unadjusted times:

Kenny Patton — 4.46

Chad Mock — 4.57

Leonard Peters — 4.68

Ross Dickerson — 4.76

Ikaika Alama-Francis — 4.86

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Alama-Francis has been the busiest Warrior. He worked out as a defensive end, outsie linebacker and tight end.

The Kansas City Chiefs want him to play tight end.

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There are several familiar faces at the Pro Day. Norm Chow, Tim Chang, Anthony Arceneaux and Solomon Elimimian are here.

Remember Austin Jackson a defensive tackle who signed with UH a few years ago? He didn't qualify academically and ended up playing at A&M Commerce, a Division 2 school near Dallas.

Link to Stephen Tsai's blog

Reach Stephen Tsai at stsai@honoluluadvertiser.com.