HAWAII GROWN: UO’s Manu out for season

Rex Manu, the 2014 Honolulu Star-Advertiser defensive player of the year, will not play this season for the Oregon Ducks. Darryl Oumi / Special to the Star-Advertiser.

Oregon defensive tackle Rex Manu, a 2015 Mililani alumnus and a two-time All-State first team selection, is not listed on the Ducks’ online roster and will miss the entire 2017 season according to an OregonLive.com story posted today.

Manu, who had 13 tackles and a sack in 11 games last year before getting injured in the second-to-last game of the season against Utah, “is not competing in football this fall because of medical reasons” according to a UO spokesman, the story says.

The Ducks have built a large Hawaii pipeline since Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Marcus Mariota from Saint Louis led the Ducks to a national championship game appearance, but haven’t had the best of luck. Punahou four-star defensive lineman Canton Kaumatule and Moanalua alum and junior college transfer Ratu Mafileo both retired from the program last season due to medical reasons.

The Ducks’ current roster includes Kamehameha alum Kaulana Apelu, who walked on after tearing his ACL twice in high school as a running back and is now a linebacker. Matt Mariota, Marcus’ younger brother, also from Saint Louis, has switched positions to tight end but has yet to see significant playing time in his college career. UO added linebacker Isaac Slade-Matautia, who signed out of Saint Louis, and Kamehameha alum Adam Stack, a kicker, in its 2017 recruiting class.

Redshirt sophomore Dylan Kane (Kamehameha), who moved from defensive back to receiver last year, defensive backs Justin Matias (Punahou) and Jaren Zadlo (Mililani) and offensive lineman Davis Miyashiro-Saipaia (Punahou), who were all listed on the roster last year, are not listed on the current one available at GoDucks.com.

Oregon fired head coach Mark Helfrich in the offseason and replaced him with Willie Taggart.


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