The receiver of the University of Hawaii, John Ursua, returned from a knee injury that ended with the season one year and was named to the 2018 All-Mountain West First Team Conference.
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The recipient of the University of Hawaii, John Ursua, returned from an injury Knee who finished the season a year ago to be named to the first team of the All-Mountain West Conference in 2018.
The stars of the league were announced today. Ursua was the only representative of the Rainbow Warriors in the first team.
Kaimana Padello, who plays the hybrid linebacker / final position, was selected for the second team.
Field marshal Cole McDonald, linebacker Jahlani Tavai, defensive end Zeno Choi, cornerback Rojesterman Farris II and offensive lineman Solo Vaipulu received an honorable mention.
After successfully completing the rehabilitation of the torn ACL in his right knee, Ursua, a junior, was fully qualified to compete in contact exercises this summer. Ursua has lined up as a slotback, wideout and wildcat in the Warriors' recently-renewed offense, which mainly features running and shooting concepts. In 13 regular-season games, Ursua caught 89 passes for 1,342 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also ran for a TD.
Ursua is the national leader in touchdown receptions, and is fifth in receiving yards and total touchdowns (17), and tenth in yards per game (103.3).
Padello, a young man on an optimistic 6-foot, 227-pound list, leads the Warriors in tackles for losses (11.5) and sacks (7.5).
McDonald, a junior, is having the best season among the Mountain West quarterbacks. McDonald is fifth nationally in aerial yards (3,790), aerial yards per game (315.8) and total offense (346.7); sixth in points responsible for (240); seventh in passing touchdowns (35) and points per game (20.0), and tenth in completions per game. McDonald did not start a game in his first two seasons at UH. This was his first year operating a running and shooting offensive.
Tavai's season was shortened due to a shoulder injury that ended the season. In eight games, he accumulated 81 tackles. He finished his career at UH with the second highest number of tackles (391) in the history of the program.
Choi, a senior co-captain, is a lineman with multiple skills who can play at the end or tackle. Initially he joined the Warriors as a walk-on.
Farris, a junior, is a tight corner leading the Warriors with 11 pass breaks and 12 passes defensed
Vaipulu is a true freshman who has started the 13 games of UH.