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Mana Rosa, Oregon State starter at DT, faces UH today

September 7, 2013 - Robert Collias
It has been a long and sometimes challenging five years in Corvallis, Ore., for Baldwin graduate Mana Rosa.

The 6-3, 285-pound fifth-year senior is the starter at defensive left tackle for Oregon State and will face Hawaii today at 2 p.m. HST in a game on the Pac-12 Network.

Expect to see a large pro-Warrior contingent in Reser Stadium — I know of several Hawaii kids in (or just out of) college in Oregon who will be there, including a pair with the last name Collias.

Tiare and Kenneth Rosa will be there, but will definitely be rooting for their son and the Beavers.

Mana Rosa nearly doubled his career tackles total last week — with six — in a loss to Eastern Washington. That is a large number for a DT, but I expect it is just the start of a big senior season for Rosa.

Click the first link above, he has a lot of interesting things to say about his career, his mistakes, his former teammates, his coach, and his future.

Rosa blocked an extra point to keep Oregon State within 26-17 in the second quarter against EWU.

"I am not exactly sure the last time I blocked a kick - it has been a while, maybe my senor year at Baldwin," Rosa said. "It felt good, one point can be the difference in a game."

And he enjoys The Maui News.

"I'm super stoked for him," Rosa said of former Baldwin teammate John Lotulelei making the Seattle Seahawks' roster as a linebacker. "I saw him on ESPN, I saw it in The Maui News - I have been keeping up with my Maui News - and I'm super excited for him. That's big-time, being from Maui to get to the NFL. He is a good friend, he worked hard and he deserves it."

Sounds like a smart guy.

All kidding aside, he is a smart guy who will graduate with his psychology degree in June, may pursue an NFL shot, and he has all the potential in the world. It was Rosa who was the choice of the MIL coaches as Defensive Player of the Year over Lotulelei in 2008.

All I can add is, don't count this guy out of anything.

 
 

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