OK . . . I confess, I cannot stand the wait! Keep thinking that some chatter, AT LEAST, will show up here or in the shoutbox. Driving me nuts, so in the middle of the night, decided that I would do some research on these two young men, Sani Fuimaono and Aialua Fanene, BOTH currently on LDS missions somewhere. It appears they both have one year playing and will compete for positions in FALL 2014.
Looks like we will not see them until January, 2014, so they will not play for UA before 2014 season, as already stated by some in the media and on this board. For anyone who wants to know a little more about them, it is below.
PLZ note: The ht & wt for them comes directly from the ArizonaWildcat.com website. Just think another year plus -- AND they've worked to stay in 1/2 decent shape, and in their early 20's ... should be a couple of great additions.
#98 Aiulua Fanene
6-4 295 lbs DE/DT Born NOV 1992
Scout Defense MVP for 2010
RS for FALL Season 2010
Aiulua Fanene made his national television debut last month, when he appeared in a "60 Minutes" segment about the popularity of football in American Samoa. He'll return to the airwaves starting this fall. Fanene, a defensive tackle from Pago Pago's Tafuna High School, signed a national letter of intent with the Arizona Wildcats on Thursday. --- AZ Daily Star/FEB 12, 2010
Aiulua Fanene has a system. Whenever the Arizona Wildcats defensive tackle wants to call home, he first phones his brother, Jonathan, in Ohio. Jonathan Fanene, a defensive end with the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals, punches a few buttons and then connects his younger brother to Nu'uuli, American Samoa, so he can connect with their parents. It's a complex, time-consuming process with one obvious reward. "
--- AZ Daily Star/APR 05, 2011
#99 Saneilia Fuimaono
6-3 306lbs DT Born JUN 1992
Signed LOI FEB 200
Grayshirt - 2010 Season
FR/HS – 2011 Fall Season
LDS Mission – JAN 2012
Sani Fuimaono was ready to start his Arizona Wildcats football career in July. He moved to Tucson from Honolulu, enrolled in classes and found a place to live. He even made friends. Then, weeks after he arrived, Fuimaono went back home. Questions followed him. --- AZ Daily Star/ NOV 19, 2010
Taking 'grayshirt' year off did wonders for lineman Fuimaono ///// Freshman Sani Fuimaono spent the last two weeks battling players from Stanford and Oregon, tiring work for even the most experienced Arizona Wildcats football player. "Physically, I'm pretty sore," he said. "The game at this level is very quick, and the intensity is pretty high." --- AZ Daily Star/ SEP 29, 2011
Arizona Daily Wildcat :: One year's mission
While on his mission, Fuimaono will be away from football and Arizona for two years, but he says he’ll have to work out one hour per day on his mission. The rules have been changed to cater to athletes, he said.
“About five, six years ago, they were losing a bunch of guys playing Division I football so they were able to allow the Division I athletes to train,” Fuimaono said. “I have that plan going on so I’m just going to try and train and stay in football shape as much as possible.”
But Salave’a explained staying in shape isn’t the only factor in a situation like Fuimaono’s. By being absent for two years, the lineman and his teammates lose chemistry.
“You’re trying to build something, you’re trying to build continuity, get a little history going and of course whenever you stop with that your progress and everything stops as well,” Salave’a said. “You never know what comes back after the fact.” --- AZ Daily Wildcat
--- ArizonaWildcats.com FB Roster Profile:
Saneilia Fuimaono Profile - ARIZONAWILDCATS.COM - The University of Arizona Wildcats Official Athletic Site
Aiulua Fanene Profile - ARIZONAWILDCATS.COM - The University of Arizona Wildcats Official Athletic Site