"If your name is called then you better be ready to play. It don't matter if you're going to take the ones, twos, and threes reps. For us, we have the mindset that whenever your name is called, then you're in it," said senior defensive lineman, Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea on Tuesday morning.
As one of the veteran leaders on the defensive line, Kema-Kaleiwahea, is aware of the questions that surround the d-line heading into the season, especially when it comes to the depth, or lack there of, at the start of preseason camp. Whether, he's called to take additional reps, or coach up younger players, he says he's ready to do what it takes.
"Everyone's got to be ready, even the rookies," said Kema-Kaleiwahea. "We got some really good rookies this year...I like them. I like their energy. They're trying to feed off of me, I'm trying to feed off of them. It doesn't matter if you're a freshman, you still can be a leader. That's what I'm trying show them."
Defensive line coach, Legi Suiaunoa, says he expects those young players to be ready to provide the added depth the d-line needs.
"That's what camp is for," said Suiaunoa. "We got good numbers in camp here and we're relatively healthy so far. So, these guys are working hard. Like I said, hopefully through camp, we've got three weeks, to develop some talent and to get some guys better than what they were."
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