Monday, July 13, 2009

The 250-Pound Bruiser: Soma Vainuku

Barry Bolton of has another entertaining piece on an Oregon State football recruit, this time 6-0, 250-pound Soma Vainuku of Eureka, Calif. - who just happens to be the cousin of former USC linebacker Rey Maualuga

Vainuku, also coveted by the Huskies, can play on both sides of the ball but is most intriguing as a running back - even though OSU def. coordinator Mark Banker might want him at LB. ... the book on Vainuku is that he moves EXTREMELY well for his size.

Vainuku said USC wants him as a fullback, UCLA as an outside LB.

A note about Lyle Moevao's return ... I would bet my house that OSU trainers are keeping a very watchful eye on QB Lyle Moevao as he begins throwing a football again following rehab from rotator cuff surgery. ... No. 3 is a very intelligent football player and he rates high in every "intangible'' measurement but he's human. There will be a temptation to push hard (same thing happened last fall with Sean Canfield) but there is nothing for Moevao to prove in July and hard as it might be, he has to be patient and take it very slowly or else he will find himself in roughly the same boat as Canfield was in 2008 - physically unable to play in a game until later in the season.

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