Hawai’i’ Bowl: Hawai’i’ vs. Tulsa

  • SHERATON HAWAI’I’ BOWL/ALOHA STADIUM/HONOLULU
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  Hawai’i’
Best prospect: #1 WR Greg Salas, 6-1½, 210 pounds, 4.57 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – A two-time member of the All-Western Athletic Conference first-team offense, Salas is the career leading receiver at Hawaii. He was among the leading receivers in the nation during the ’10 season, catching 106 passes for 1,675 yards and 12 touchdowns. In 48 games at Hawaii, Salas has caught 272 passes for 4,131 yards and 24 touchdown catches. He’s been invited to attend the Senior Bowl in January.

Best underclassmen prospect: #49 DT Kaniela Tuipulotu, 6-1½, 300 pounds, 4.98 seconds, Redshirt-Junior – Grew up on the island of Maui where he participated in rugby, soccer, swimming, water polo, baseball, basketball and football. His college football career started at Arizona, playing 19 games over two seasons, including seven starts. But he transferred in ’09 to Hawaii, sitting out last season. This year, he’s played 13 games for the Warriors, contributing 32 total tackles, 4 tackles for loss, one sack and three passes broken up.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #90 DE/OLB Elliott Purcell, 6-2 ¾, 252 pounds, 4.69 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – Check out those physical numbers and it’s an indication of the potential that may be there with Purcell. He arrived at the Warriors program at 215 pounds, but has built himself into something much bigger and stronger. That works emotionally and mentally as well. He’s a father of two children who love to go to practice to watch him. Purcell has already graduated with a degree in sociology. He’s athletic, strong and a hard worker. He’s durable and available, not missing a game over the last three seasons.

Other potential draft choices: #43 SS Mana Silva, 6-1, 212 pounds, 4.64 seconds, Redshirt-Senior; #50 OT Laupepa Letuli, 6-3½, 325 pounds, 5.32 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

Tulsa

Best prospect: #9 FB Charles Clay, 6-2¾, 235 pounds, 4.67 seconds, Senior – When it comes to fullbacks, Clay comes out of the classic FB mold. He’s more blocker than runner and he’s also grown into a role of catching the ball. In 51 games at Tulsa, he has run for 849 yards and 10 touchdowns and caught 187 passes for 2,506 yards and 28 TD. His 38 total TDs is only two short of the school record. For a team looking for offensive versatility and a player who could go at FB/TE or an H-Back role, Clay may be their man.

Best underclassmen prospect: #4 QB G.J. Kinne, 6-1½, 215 pounds, 4.67 seconds, Redshirt-Junior – A transfer from Texas, Kinne has made a productive start in his career with Tulsa as he was named the 2010 Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year. In throwing the ball, he completed 60 percent of his passes for 3,307 yards and 28 touchdowns. Kinne ran the ball for 557 yards and seven TDs. Over his 24-game career, he has rushed for 956 yards and 12 touchdowns, while completing 468 of 774 for 6,039 yards and 509 TD passes. His father is a high school football coach in Texas.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #1 WR Trae Johnson, 5-10, 195 pounds, 4.48 seconds, Senior – Whether catching the ball, running with it, or blocking for a teammate, Johnson’s game reached another level in 2010 and put him on a path where several NFL teams would consider him. He’s a very durable guy who has missed just one game in four seasons. In the 51 that he did play, Johnson caught 140 passes for 2,301 yards and 27 TD catches. That’s an average of 16.4 yards per catch. Johnson also returned punts and kickoffs.

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