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Summarized by Rosemary Pollock

RM Football Player Returns in Shape

HONOLULU, HAWAII -- After a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sione Tafuna is back at the University of Hawaii and ready to play football. The 6 ft. 175 lb. offensive lineman is more fit for the game now, than when he left. Most LDS missionaries require months of training to recoup their former status without the benefit of weight room or regimented diet, but no so for Tafuna.

"He's big and strong, changes direction very well, is very fluid, and is an aggressive kind of guy we need up front with leadership abilities. He's already played at this level and I believe will be a very good football player for us," said offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh.

"I want to tell you right now that he has worked his tail off to get into shape." "I just can't wait to instruct him and see how good he can be in this offense. Right now, we have him backing up at center and guard, but we think center is where he'll be needed most, " Cavanaugh added.

Tafuna was part of former head coach Bob Wagner's final recruiting class and was redshirted in 1995 before serving as a backup center to Shane Oliveira in 1996 and 1997. Tafuna left the program in 1998 and returns with two years of remaining eligibility. Tafuna was born in New Zealand and graduated in 1995 from Kalani High.

Warriors' Tafuna is on a mission
Honolulu HI Star-Bulletin 9Aug00 S2
By Paul Arnett: Star-Bulletin
The UH offensive lineman is back and fit for duty


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