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Three Warriors named to 1st team All-WAC

Blaze Soares Blaze Soares
Greg Salas, #1 Greg Salas, #1
John Estes, #55 John Estes, #55

By Mike Cherry - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The UH football season may be done, but that didn't stop a handful of Warriors from racking in some all-WAC recognition Monday.

Linebacker Blaze Soares was named to the WAC's 1st team for the first time in his career.

The senior had a team-high 107 tackles, which was also 3rd best in the WAC. He also added two sacks and one interception.

On the offensive side of things, receiver Greg Salas was also named to the all-WAC first team for the first time.

The junior was 2nd in the nation with 1,590 receiving yards and was 3rd in the country with 106 receptions. He also added eight touchdowns.

For an astounding 3rd straight year, center John Estes was named a 1st team all-WAC member.

The senior set an NCAA record for career starts this year with 53.

Estes told us today that while the individual accolades are nice, receiving this honor was bittersweet because as he realized during their final team meeting, it signifies the end of his career at UH.

"I was just thinking today when he dismissed the seniors that I'm not part of the UH football team anymore," Estes said. "Now it's next year's team. But these last 4-5 years were just a blast."

"Especially after being out last year, this was my personal goal to become one," Soares said. "It was a hard fought way but I give thanks to my boys up front and my boys behind me because they allowed me to make plays. They allowed me to get this award and I'm thankful for that."

Senior tackle Aaron Kia was named to the all-WAC second team and freshman punter Alex Dunnachie was named the WAC special teams player of the week after averaging 49 yards on six punt attempts.

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