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Mitchell Loewen: The Hawaiian Hog ready for big things at Arkansas
May 27, 2013 - Robert Collias
Here is the start of a fun story I did for this morning's paper:
LAHAINA - Mitchell Loewen's summer vacation ended Sunday.
Loewen, a 2011 Lahainaluna High School graduate, departed for the University of Arkansas to attend summer classes and work out in preparation for his redshirt sophomore season for the Razorbacks football team - with a scholarship in hand.
The 2010 Maui Interscholastic League Defensive Player of the Year was granted a scholarship after emerging from spring drills as the starting tight end.
It is the latest step on the meteoric journey he has taken since his days as a 152-pound wrestler for the Lunas 4 1/2 years ago - he now stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 270 pounds.
Loewen learned of the scholarship in a team meeting, after having tried to find out if one would be coming at a one-on-one meeting with new coach Bret Bielema.
"I just went in there at 8 o'clock in the morning, was talking to him about it and then he was beating around the bush, so I was, like, 'All right, I guess I'm not getting one,' " Loewen said Saturday during a workout at his brother's garage in Lahaina.
"Then later that day we got a text on our phone: 'Team meeting 3:30.' (Bielema) was just addressing the team, 'I thought we had an overall good spring,' and then he just said, 'There's a couple guys I'd like to acknowledge who had a really good spring and I'd like to give them a scholarship.' I was really surprised."
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