Enele Will Spring Into De­fen­sive Po­si­tion In Fri­day Game

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of this week in prepa­ra­tion for Fri­day’s game. The ar­rival of spring ball for them is much wel­comed af­ter months of weight train­ing and agili­tyre­lated work­outs. This week is the first and last time play­ers will be able to go full con­tact un­til the of­fi­cial open­ing date of fall camp in July.

While the win­ter months may be among the more gru­el­ing for a foot­ball player, with no game to look for­ward to at the end of a week — as is the case dur­ing the OIA sea­son — Enele soaked up ev­ery minute of his off-sea­son.

“Not (hard) at all,” said Enele. “With the help of my team­mates and coaches, it’s fun and it’s ex­cit­ing. I al­ways wanted to play foot­ball, and I want to im­prove on ev­ery­thing.”

If he has his way, Enele will move on to col­lege foot­ball in two years. The youngest of five chil­dren born to Velopoto Sr. and Luavalua, Enele is the only one in his fam­ily to play or­ga­nized foot­ball.

“I thought foot­ball could help me to help my fam­ily, if I was able to make it to the next level,” said Enele, an A and B stu­dent in the class­room.“I’m tak­ing it step-bystep — (plan­ning for) col­lege first.”

Enele’s more im­me­di­ate tran­si­tion is from JV to var­sity. While dili­gent in the weight room, a real prac­tice is a bet­ter in­di­ca­tion of his progress, as he found out last week dur­ing his first var­sity prac­tice.

“It was dif­fer­ent — var­sity (level) is a lot quicker and faster,” he ad­mit­ted. “I kind of strug­gled with my foot­work, but it was good.

“We’re all ex­cited and can’t wait to put the equip­ment on. We’re a very close team, and we want to get to the reg­u­lar sea­son.”

Camp­bell fin­ished 2-4 in the OIA Red West last year, and hopes are high for an im­proved cam­paign in 2010. Amosa noted that the Sabers could em­ploy the 3-4 even more, in large part be­cause of the ad­di­tion of Enele.

“We’re tin­ker­ing with the 3-4 and, hope­fully, he’s a big part of this (more 3-4 sets),” Amosa said. “(Enele) is per­fect a nose guard. He’s low to the ground, he’s strong, and he’s hard to move. We have some ag­ile lineback­ers, too.”

In Fri­day’s spring game, which be­gins at ap­prox­i­mately 6 p.m., Enele ex­pects a work­man­like mind-set vis­i­ble on the field.“Peo­ple will see a hard-work­ing team. We all push each other, and the coaches push us, too. We all work to­gether.”

Vele­poto Enele (cen­ter) per­forms agility drills with team­mates dur­ing the Sabers’ spring foot­ball prac­tice. Photo by By­ron Lee, by­ron­lee@midweek.com.

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