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Keelan Ewaliko can't wait to play for Hawaii
June 29, 2014 - Robert Collias
Caught up with Keelan Ewaliko the other day and he had a lot to say about UH football. Here is the start of my story from Saturday's paper:
Keelan Ewaliko was the Maui Interscholastic League rushing and scoring leader in each of his final two seasons as the Baldwin High School quarterback.
Last week, the University of Hawaii redshirt freshman changed positions for the fourth time before he has played a down for the Rainbow Warriors - to running back.
"I think about it every day," Ewaliko said of his college debut. "Every day that goes by is one day closer to game day. The coaches have been telling us, 'Envision the day, envision doing your job.' "
Ewaliko won five state sprint gold medals in his only two seasons running track, leading the Bears to back-to-back state team titles. He rushed for 1,815 yards - with an average of 8.6 per carry - and 26 touchdowns in three seasons at Baldwin.
"I talked to coach (Norm) Chow one day before a workout and he just told me, 'What do you think about playing running back?' " Ewaliko said. "I was just, like, 'I was always an offensive player, offensive side of the ball, and I have always run the ball,' so it's not something I need to learn. It's natural for me to run the ball."
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