THE NEXT LEVEL With Keoki Mawae

April 25, 2009

THE NEXT LEVEL With Keoki Mawae Former R.A. Long Lumberjack, Current Pacific Lutheran  Lutes Offensive Lineman

  • Keoki Mawae
  • 6’6″ 245 lbs
  • Pacific Lutheran (Freshman)
  • Offensive Line
  • R.A. Long Lumberjacks (Class of 2008)
  • 2 Year Varsity Letterman
  • Buck Hammer Award
  • 2nd Team All-GSHL

What was your most memorable moment playing high school football?

Keoki – My most memorable moment playing high school football was senior year, when we beat Washington for our first win in two years.

Did you have any game day/game time rituals in high school? If so, what were they?

Keoki – I would walk over to the stadium right after class where my dad would meet me with Burger King. Then I would lay on the locker room couch and listen to my iPod.

Who influenced you the most as a High School football player?

Keoki – My dad probably influenced me the most as a High School football player because he is the one that got me into the sport and coached me from 4th grade until I graduated last year.

Who is your favorite musical artist?

I was scared coming into preseason training camp, but after the first day I realized this wasn’t your average team.

Keoki – Lil Wayne

What was your favorite TV show in high school?

Keoki – PTI

Do you have an iPhone?

Keoki – No

How many different positions did you play from youth football through the end of your HS career? If you could have chosen another position other than linebacker, what would have it been?

Keoki – I have played all the O-line positions throughout the years and on defense I played MLB, DT, and DE. I like my position at offensive tackle right now, but I miss playing linebacker.

THE NEXT LEVEL With Keoki Mawae Former R.A. Long Lumberjack, Current Pacific Lutheran  Lutes Offensive LinemanExplain your recruiting process. How many schools did you visit? Did anything interesting happen during this process?

Keoki – In between jr. and sr. year I went to WSU’s football camp and the Line of Scrimmage camp at WOU. After the WSU camp I was invited to come see a game, so my dad and I went and checked out Pullman. Then I met some more coaches at the WOU camp and went on to visit Lewis and Clark and Pacific Lutheran.

What was your most embarrassing moment playing high school football?

Keoki – My cousin Noah coached linebackers at R.A. Long for a few years and one day at practice we were doing some drill and he just decided he wanted to blindside me and knocked the wind out of me. It made me laugh afterwords.

Do you have any game day/game time rituals in college? If so, what were they?

Keoki – You gotta keep breakfast the same on game days. So on home games I always got an orange juice and 2-3 sausage, egg, and cheese sandwiches.

keoki-pluWhat was your most memorable moment (so far) playing college football?

Keoki – Our first game was in Minnesota against St. Olaf and I started at offensive tackle. I don’t think I’ve ever been so nervous to play a football game before.

Xbox, PS3, or Wii? What is your favorite game?

Keoki – Xbox 360. Halo 3 gets a little nuts sometimes.

Do you prefer Madden or NCAA? Why?

Keoki – NCAA, bigger selection of teams and you get to run the option.

Who influenced you the most as a college football player?

Keoki – I would say that my offensive line coach, David Lasalata influenced me the most this year. Also Jonah Nelson, a senior offensive lineman, taught me all the new systems and everything I needed to know as an offensive lineman at PLU.

Explain a typical week during football season with class, practice, game, other time.

Keoki – Monday is when we watch film and have team meetings during our usual practice hours. Tuesday – Friday practice. Tuesday night film/briefing of our opponents after dinner. Basically your day is filled with class and football until dinner time, which is usually around 7:00 for me.

What would you tell young kids entering high school is the most important thing (besides school) they need to do to become an elite level player?

Go to as many camps as you can during the off season, get in the weight room…

Keoki – Go to as many camps as you can during the off season, get in the weight room, and send out your highlight film to a variety of schools.

What is your favorite TV show now?

Keoki – House

Compare your relationship with your high school teammates to that of your college teammates. Assuming that you grew up with most of your high school teammates for years prior to playing together with them, and your college teammates came from all over the country.

Keoki – That is the thing about PLU, even though we came from all over the country we all are a big family. I was scared coming into preseason training camp, but after the first day I realized this wasn’t your average team. Everyone is accepted and treats eachother with respect. In high school I had my close friends who I played with on a team, no where near the family bond we have here at PLU.

What was your most embarrassing moment playing college football?

Keoki – Against Willamette I jumped off sides and tried to stop myself before getting drilled by their D-end. He hit me after the whistle blew tho so he got a personal foul, but he still knocked me on my back.

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