As National Football League rookie mini camps broke over the weekend, the dreams for the next crop of pro football prospects begin to take shape as offseason workouts are underway ahead of the 2019 college football season.
Among the players with Hawaii ties aiming at earning a shot in the NFL is Farrington graduate and LSU defensive lineman Breiden Fehoko.
The former Cover2 Awards finalist who stands at 6-foot-3 and 291-pounds started his collegiate career at Texas Tech and is now preparing himself for his senior season with the Tigers.
After sitting out in 2017 per transfer rules, he made his LSU debut as a redshirt junior in 2018 as a starting defensive tackle that ate up double teams to make the Tigers one of the most dominant pass-rushing teams in the SEC.
Fehoko, made a quick trip home to Hawaii and used more than a week in the islands to prepare himself mentally and physically for the off-season grind in Louisiana.
“I think it really hits like a reset button. Being in Louisiana, you’re in the bayou and you’re grinding every time and you’re running the levy in the hot sun and 100-degree weather, 90-degree humidity and so to come out to Hawaii and hit a rest button and come out to your old stomping grounds gets you ready for the season,” Fehoko told KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello on the turf of Farrington’s Skippa Diaz Stadium.
Recently 2020 mock drafts and prospect rankings began to be released and according to the Bleacher Report, Fehoko ranks as the 7th-best draft eligible defensive tackle heading into the 2019 season.
“It kind of pushes me to higher limits because to be one of the top prospects in the country for my position I know that there’s a lot of guys that see that and a lot of guys that probably didn’t have their name there and are going to try to hunt this season and so you got to be on your grind. Especially in the SEC, there’s a lot of top dogs every week and you got to bring your A-game. For me, going into this offseason I kind of kicked it up more,” said Fehoko.
“You hear a lot of guys talk about man, I try to grind harder but I really try to push myself to the limits. I try to wake up earlier, get earlier sleep, try to eat healthier and that’s just the kind of stuff I just sacrificed this off-season about trying to make myself a better overall athlete.”
Fehoko, who is major in communications will return to Baton Rogue this week for offseason workouts with teammates with fall camp slated to open in late July.
LSU’s season opener will be on August 31 against Georgia Southern.