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A good day for former Baldwin teammates

September 28, 2012 - Robert Collias
Wednesday was a good-news day for Mana Rosa and Jordan Pu'u-Robinson, the former bookend defensive end-tight end combination for the 2008 Baldwin High School team.

Rosa is finally contributing in a large way for 18th-ranked Oregon State, the equivalent of a starter in the Beavers' eight-man rotation on the defensive line, according to OSU DL coach Joe Seumalo, a former Radford Ram and Hawaii Rainbow Warrior.

Rosa has battled injuries for the first three years he has spent in Corvallis and the Beavers have gone 16-21 in that span. Now, they are 2-0 heading into their Saturday showdown at Tucson, Ariz., with the wins coming over then-No. 13 Wisconsin (10-7) and then-No. 19 UCLA (27-20).

The Oregon State defense has been a large part of those victories — Rosa role as a defensive tackle has helped hold Montee Ball- and Jonathan Franklin-led teams to a combined 2.1 yards per rush.

JPR got unexpected news Wednesday after practice that he is now eligible to play for Hawaii after his transfer from Washington State last season when he cited family reasons. His request to waive the one-year sit-out rule was originally denied by the NCAA in August.

He only had a few hours to pack after getting notice of his clearance and texted me most of the above story while on the plane to Utah for today's game against BYU. He adds bulk and experience to a UH defensive line that has been decimated by injuries.

Meanwhile, going into the second round of MIL play tonight, here is a look at the Fair weekend matchups.


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