USC’s Malepeai out 6-to-8 weeks with injury

Vavae Malepeai is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks with a shoulder injury, according to ReignOfTroy.com. Jay Metzger / Special to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Vavae Malepeai is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks with a shoulder injury, according to ReignOfTroy.com. Jay Metzger / Special to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

USC freshman running back Vavae Malepeai will miss 6-to-8 weeks with a shoulder injury, according to a report by Michael Castillo on ReignOfTroy.com.

Malepeai, a 2016 Mililani graduate and Hawaii’s all-time leading high school rusher, broke his scapula during practice last week.

In Castillo’s story, he mentions Malepeai as having “turned heads” at practice.


He wrote: “With a quick, yet physical pin-balling running style, he had emerged as a potential breakout star despite being the freshman in a crop of highly talented backs.”

The story goes on to say that Malepeai was getting more reps with the second team during last week’s first week of training camp and that he was possibly going to be a complement to starters Justin Davis and Ronald Jones and change-of-pace back Dominic Davis.


Malepeai is expected to miss September and return in early October and, due to the injury, is a redshirt candidate.


Here is Castillo’s ReignOfTroy.com story on Malepeai.

There is an excellent action photo of Malepeai in a USC jersey on that link.

COMMENTS

  1. Jeezy33 August 24, 2016 6:25 am

    I’ve said it before on the warrior beat blog and I’ll say it again: Injury prone. Malepeai is a phenomenal talent but he’s made of glass. It might end up being good that he passed on UH because it freed up another scholarship that would’ve been tied up with him redshirting and rehabbing.


  2. Aku Bird August 24, 2016 6:25 am

    Come back strong Vae!!!!!


  3. IDK August 24, 2016 6:50 am

    @Jeezy 33 shut up you monkey! Such a hater! Go luck Vae and come back strong! Oooopha!


  4. Searider86 August 24, 2016 7:18 am

    Fight On, Vae!!


  5. Leeboy August 24, 2016 7:42 am

    @Jeezy you must be the biggest idiot on the Island. This kid is out ther trying to make it, it’s unfortunate that an injury can hurt his chances of getting on the field. Instead of wish him well you come out here and bash him. For the record only a fuam like you would pass on USC over UH. Think before you write clown


  6. "UNITY=STRENGHT" August 24, 2016 10:33 am

    USC He’s competing for a top position I leave it at that bradda man must be more aware of that in the mainland no more such thing as aloha spirit unless you bring it from the polynesian islands. I’m just glad it wasnt a fully torn ligament those suckas take longer for heal and maybe not at all fully. I would treat each practice as a big game in protecting ones self and at game as survival only way to make sure you to come out of this. When he continues to see the roars of the crowds he will heal faster because he has a passion for the game. Thoughts are with you my braddah!!!


  7. j August 24, 2016 1:06 pm

    Very unfortunate that he got injured. Would’ve been totally cool for a true freshman from Hawaii to have earned a starting position. Only a few are able to do that. I’m guessing he would’ve been Hawaii’s first to do that.


  8. IDK August 24, 2016 1:26 pm

    @Jeezy come to think about it, you played for Mililani and you was that sr. Running back that Vae beat out when he was a sophomore! You scrubb!


  9. Jeezy33 August 24, 2016 4:45 pm

    IDK: i have no idea what you’re talking about. You don’t know me.


  10. TGOD August 24, 2016 6:08 pm

    Great kid. Great talent. Humble and respectful. Unbelievable family support. Vae will be back better and hungrier than ever.


  11. Alpha August 24, 2016 6:47 pm

    Heyyyyyy…. there you are @jeezy33 lol….. don’t mind him fellas, we all need alil salt in our waters…


  12. Jeezy33 August 24, 2016 9:09 pm

    Looks like somebody’s obsessed with me.


  13. GIND32 August 25, 2016 3:19 am

    Jeez33333333333
    YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO BE KNOCKING A SUCCESSFUL STUDENT ATHLETE THAT HAVE EARNED A SCHOLARSHIP FROM A HIGHLY RESPECTED INSTITUTION.NO WILL BE OBSESS WITH YOU BUT THE ADVERSARY. YOU ARE KNOW BY YOUR FRUITS MATTHEW .7:14 -20. If you need a hug let’s us know.


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