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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

UH gets JC defensive tackle

By Stephen Tsai Editor The construction of the University of Hawai'i football team's new-look defense starts with the nose.David Hafoka, a defensive tackle from College of San Mateo, yesterday pledged his allegiance to the Warriors.Hafoka, who already has earned his associate degree, will enroll at UH-Manoa in January, and participate in the offseason conditioning program and spring practice."Everything is good to go," Hafoka said.Hafoka received offers from Utah and Arizona.But, he said, "Hawai'i seemed like a place where I would fit in. I feel comfortable there."San Mateo head coach Larry Owens said the Warriors are "getting a great young man. They'll be very proud to have him in their program."Hafoka is 6 feet 2 and 310 pounds.He is capable of bench pressing 375 pounds.In the Bulldogs' 3-4 defensive scheme, Hafoka was aligned across from the center."His job was to dominate the center every down," San Mateo defensive coordinator Tim Tulloch said. "He won a lot more than he lost. He was a big part of the reason we finished (number) 1 or 2 in rushing defense."

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