The University of Hawaii Warriors football squad chose their two team captains to lead them in 2012 (source - Star-Advertiser). This year's two leaders picked by the players overwhelmingly are wide receiver Jeremiah Ostrowski (offense) and defensive lineman Paipai Falemalu (defense). Here's a look at these two fifth-year seniors.
Known as Miah, Ostrowski is originally from Aiea (Honolulu), which overlooks Pearl Harbor and is right next to Aloha Stadium. He went to high school at Punahou School (largest private school in the country), which is just down the street from the Manoa campus (University of Hawaii). While at Punahou, Ostrowski was all-state in both football and basketball. He's the point guard on the Warriors basketball team - and one of its captains.
Ostrowski has been a hard-working wide-out who started as the slot receiver in Hawaii's old run-and-shoot last year. He ranked top 25 in the nation for receptions per game (6.5). The 5'9" 175 pounder caught 65 passes and scored five touchdowns in 2011.
Ostrowski will probably play and start at the flanker or 'flex' position in new head coach Norm Chow's pro-set type offense. He's very athletic and has a real knack for getting open.
Born in Honolulu, Falemalu is originally from Hauula on the north shore of Oahu. If you've ever been to the famous Polynesian Culture Center, that's roughly where Hauula is located. Falemalu went to nearby Kahuku high school where he was all-state. He lettered in just about every sport imaginable while at Kahuku.
Falemalu is very bright and quite athletic. The 6'3" 245 pounder played in nearly every game since his redshirt freshman year and has started in 14 games over the past two years.
Falemalu is a disruptor on the defensive side and is a hard matchup for offensive linemen. He's quick and gets to the passer.
Both these players are leaders by example with great work ethics. Coach Chow agreed with the choices saying simply: "I thought they were terrific choices."
The Warriors begin the season September 1st in Los Angeles against the USC Trojans.
Sources - University of Hawaii
Through thick and thin, Daryle has been a huge fan of Hawaii since visiting there 40 years ago and dozens of times since. Go 'Bows!