Considered one of the top canoe rowers in the state of Hawaii, Ian Dulan has a motor that simply doesn’t quit. Even a severe leg injury during a Cougar drill during the middle of last year’s season couldn’t hold him back for long.
“I just came off an injury and started spring ball,” Dulan said. “I was pretty surprised about that because I didn’t play the last few games of the season. So to come back and be playing in the situation that I’m in is kind of like, ‘Wow.’”
Because of his work ethic, superb conditioning and incredible athleticism, Dulan was able to take back the starting left tackle spot on the defensive line despite missing many practice sessions over the last part of the regular season.
“Just trying to start where I left off,” Dulan said. “It’s a different feeling though and I’m just trying to get my full strength back in my leg. I’m hoping to do better this year than last year. After coming back I just feel like I have to get back my legs and further strengthen my upper body as well.”
Dulan has personal goals of surpassing his accomplishment of last year.
“I want to get more sacks and more tackles,” said Dulan, chuckling. “Hopefully I can better myself so I can make more plays across the defensive line. Those are some things I want to do this year.”
Yesterday’s full scrimmage at LaVell Edwards Stadium was more of an offensive showing, as the offense sought to reassert themselves again after their last scrimmage performance at the stadium. However, Dulan was able to make his presence known by getting through the offensive line and nearly to quarterback Max Hall.
“I felt I did alright during the scrimmage,” Dulan said. “I think I made a few mental errors but they were small ones. Those are things that can be fixed though. I just gotta get back in during Monday and try and work on those things and fix them so I can move forward.”
With a young Jan Jorgensen and Russell Tialavea back along side him, Dulan feels the greater experience from last season will help the defensive front line for the up and coming season.
“I think we have more experience on the D-line with most of us coming back,” said Dulan. “We gelled together really well last year but now we have the experience to go along with it. I think this is going to help us be better because now we know what to expect.”