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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Satele, Letuli OK'd to practice

Linebacker Brashton Satele and offensive tackle Laupepa Letuli have received exemptions that will allow them to participate in the University of Hawai'i's spring football practices.
Satele and Letuli had been held out while awaiting a ruling on their appeal for a medical exemption that will allow them to play as sixth-year seniors in 2010.
They had hoped to receive a favorable ruling from the NCAA before last week's start of spring training. When they did not receive word, they opted to participate in the past Thursday's Pro Day in Carson, Calif. Because they have not signed with agents, they have maintained their amateur status and NCAA eligibility.
"That's good news," said Satele, who remains on the Mainland.
The Warriors' next practice is tomorrow morning.
Satele was exploring whether he could book an affordable flight in time to make that practice.
Satele, who earned a bachelor's degree in December, remains on scholarship. He is taking on-line classes to maintain his NCAA eligibility.
Letuli attended yesterday's practice. He was in sweats, and did not participate in drills. He is expected to work out tomorrow.
At last week's Pro Day, Satele, listed at just under 6 feet 1 and 245 pounds, was credited with running 40 yards in 4.6 seconds. One scout had Satele timed at 4.59 seconds.
Letuli, who is 6 feet 3 1/2 and 325 pounds, ran the 40 in 5.29 seconds.

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