Manuwai YTB-16 - History

Manuwai YTB-16 - History

Manuwai

A former name retained, meaning "water fowl" in Hawaiian.

(YTB-16,. dp. 290; 1. 146'1"; b. 40'6"; dr. 10'1"; s. 8 k.)

Manuwai (YTB-16), built by Supple & Martin, Portland, Oreg., was completed in November 1927; purchased by the Navy from Young Bros., Honolulu, and placed in service 9 July 1941.

Manuwai, operating primarily between Ford Island and the mainland of Oahu, served in Pearl Harbor throughout her naval career. On 28 February 1949, the wooden ferry was placed out of service, in reserve, at Pearl Harbor and put in dry storage on the deck of YCV-12. She was struck from the Naval Register 17 September 1954.


Best Draft Classes in Jaguars History: 2003 Earns No. 4 Spot

Just a few months ago, the Jacksonville Jaguars completed one of the most important drafts in the franchise&aposs history, which dates back to 1995. While we won&apost know for several seasons just how successful the draft was, there is no denying its magnitude.

With 12 picks (most in a single draft since the team&aposs inception), two first-round selections, and an uncertain road ahead, the choices the Jaguars made in April will be impacting the franchise for years to come. For a look at just how crucial a successful draft can be to building a winning team, the Jaguars can simply look at their own past.

While the Jaguars may be known by some as one of the league&aposs most inept teams when it comes to draft history due to a string of high-profile misses (Blaine Gabbert, Justin Blackmon, Dante Fowler Jr., for example), the team has still had its moments where it absolutely crushed its rookie selections.

Which draft classes since 1995 have stood out the most when compared to the rest of the field? We took a look at each Jaguars draft class to find the answer, narrowing it down to the five best draft classes and one that bears mentioning in a similar breath.

For the honorable mention slot, we gave it to the 2016 draft class thanks to the trio of Jalen Ramsey, Myles Jack and Yannick Ngakoue, one of the best short term draft classes in team history. For the No. 5 spot, we selected the 2004 draft class thanks to the additions of Daryl Smith, Greg Jones, Josh Scobee, Bobby McCray and Ernest Wilford.

So, who is our No. 4 ranked draft class in Jaguars history? Coincidentally, it just happens to be the draft class immediately preceding the 2004 class.

Note: The 2018, 2019 and 2020 draft classes were not included for consideration due to the fact that not enough time has gone by to give us a full picture of the success, or lack thereof, of the classes.

No. 4 draft class: 2003.

  • Round 1, No. 7: QB Byron Leftwich 
  • Round 2, No. 39: CB Rashean Mathis
  • Round 3, No. 72: OG Vince Manuwai 
  • Round 4, No. 104: TE George Wrighster 
  • Round 4, No. 132: RB LaBrandon Toefield
  • Round 6, No. 176: DE Brandon Green 
  • Round 6, No. 179: DB David Young 
  • Round 6, No. 193: OT Marques Ogden 
  • Round 7, No. 218: FB Malaefou MacKenzie 

While some may be down on this class due to the fact that Byron Leftwich never developed into a bonafide franchise quarterback, it is a class whose legacy has aged gracefully thanks to its post-first day picks. In 2003, the Jaguars were able to turn nine picks into arguably the best cornerback and guard in team history, along with a serviceable starting quarterback and two key depth players. 

The highlight of the draft class is cornerback Rashean Mathis, who is one of the most renowned names in franchise history thanks to his years of strong play as the team&aposs No. 1 cornerback. Mathis, who was the highest-rated defensive back on the Jaguars All-25 list after coming in at No. 8, spent 10 years in Jacksonville and earned a Pro Bowl and First-Team All-Pro honors in 2006. 

During his tenure, the athletic and playmaking cornerback appeared in 137 regular season games and made 29 starts for the Jaguars, including 16 starts as a rookie in 2003 and three playoff games. Mathis recorded 520 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 30 interceptions, 104 pass deflections six forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and three defensive touchdowns as Jaguar. 


Jacksonville Jaguars: 30 greatest players in franchise history

2003 was a year of great transition for the Jaguars organization. The only head coach in franchise history up to that point in Tom Coughlin had been fired after eight seasons. Jacksonville had yet to return to the AFC playoffs after losing in the 1999 AFC Championship Game to the division rival Tennessee Titans.

2003 saw not only the arrival of new head coach Jack Del Rio, but the beginning of the end of the Mark Brunell era under center. Jacksonville used its first-round pick on Marshall Thundering Herd quarterback Byron Leftwich. The Jaguars’ second-round pick would be used on local defensive back Rashean Mathis. In the third round, they went with a guard out of Hawaii by the name of Vince Manuwai.

No, Manuwai was never the best player on the field, but he was one of the most consistent along the Jaguars offensive line for much of the Del Rio era in North Florida. He started 105 times over 111 games at guard for the Jaguars. This allowed the Jaguars to have one of the best rushing attacks in the AFC during that time.

Six times were the Jaguars a top-10 rushing attack with Manuwai playing guard for them. In three of those seasons, the Jaguars were top-five in rushing offense. Of course, it absolutely helped having running back Fred Taylor in his prime, as well as a sneaky-good dual-threat quarterback by the name of David Garrard.

Jacksonville would make the AFC playoffs in both 2005 and 2007 during the height of the Del Rio era. However, Manuwai would never again reach the AFC playoffs, as he would leave the team after the 2010 season. Jacksonville wouldn’t get back to the playoffs until this past season in 2017.

Manuwai would sign with the Atlanta Falcons during the 2012 NFL offseason with the hopes of extending his career just a tad longer. Atlanta was run at the time by former Jaguars defensive coordinator Mike Smith. His offensive coordinator was former Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. However, Manuwai would be released by the Falcons before the start of the 2012 season.

Overall, it would be easy for us to overlook Manuwai as one of the all-time greats in Jaguars uniform. Though probably not a Pride of the Jaguars type of player, his eight years in Jacksonville were highlighted by having one of the best rushing offenses in football. Manuwai can take a great deal of pride in those team accomplishments.


Manuwai was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He attended Farrington High School in Honolulu, where he earned varsity letters three times each in football and track and field and once in basketball. In football, he earned All-Conference and All-State honors. In track and field, he was All-League in the shot put, and first team All-League and second team All-State in the discus throw. Vincent Manuwai graduated from Farrington High School in 1999.

Manuwai attended the University of Hawaii, where he played for the Hawaii Warriors football team. He was a three-year starter and played all positions on the line. He was regarded as one of the best pass protectors in the country. He did not allow a sack in his last 35 games as a starter with 60 knockdowns. Manuwai honors include:All-America first-team choice by College Football News as a senior, All-WAC first-team, received the Warrior Club Award (team's best player). He majored in sociology.

Jacksonville Jaguars Edit

Manuwai was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round (72nd pick overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft.

Manuwai was one of the key factors in Jacksonville's rushing success. Through the 2007 season, Manuwai started all but one game for the Jaguars and was the most successful player on the offensive line. [1] With Manuwai as guard, the Jaguars offense rushed for 2,541 yards in 2006 and 2,391 in 2007. [1] In 2008, however, he suffered anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) injuries and was placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season. [1] He returned in 2009, and spent the season overcoming his injury and other obstacles. [1] In 2010, he was replaced on the starting line by Justin Smiley. He recovered the starting spot when Smiley was injured in October, and became a significant factor in the emergence of Jacksonville's formidable running game. [1]

On July 29, 2011, Manuwai was released by Jacksonville. [2]

Atlanta Falcons Edit

The Atlanta Falcons signed Manuwai on March 9, 2012. He was released on July 28, 2012. [3]

Manuwai died on November 4, 2018, at the age of 38, after reportedly collapsing while moving into an apartment in Honolulu, Hawaii. [4] The cause of death was an ecstasy intoxication. [5]


Manuwai attended the University of Hawaii, where he played for the Hawaii Warriors football team. He was a three-year starter and played all positions on the line. He was regarded as one of the best pass protectors in the country. He did not allow a sack in his last 35 games as a starter with 60 knockdowns. Manuwai honors include:All-America first-team choice by College Football News as a senior, All-WAC first-team, received the Warrior Club Award (team's best player). He majored in sociology.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Manuwai was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round (72nd pick overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft.

Manuwai was one of the key factors in Jacksonville's rushing success. Through the 2007 season, Manuwai started all but one game for the Jaguars and was the most successful player on the offensive line. Ώ] With Manuwai as guard, the Jaguars offense rushed for 2,541 yards in 2006 and 2,391 in 2007. Ώ] In 2008, however, he suffered anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) injuries and was placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season. Ώ] He returned in 2009, and spent the season overcoming his injury and other obstacles. Ώ] In 2010, he was replaced on the starting line by Justin Smiley. He recovered the starting spot when Smiley was injured in October, and became a significant factor in the emergence of Jacksonville's formidable running game. Ώ]

On July 29, 2011, Manuwai was released by Jacksonville. ΐ]

Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons signed Manuwai on March 9, 2012. He was released on July 28, 2012. Α]


From Chopping Block to Pro-Bowl?

JACKSONVILLE FL - NOVEMBER 21: Vince Manuwai #67 of the Jacksonville Jaguars stretches during a game agaisnt the Cleveland Browns at EverBank Field on November 21 2010 in Jacksonville Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Jacksonville Jaguars rushing attack has evolved from hit & miss early in the season to a dominant force the past five weeks. There are two players who have been a part of that, and their names are not Maurice Jones-Drew or Rashad Jennings . They're two players who prior to the season were deemed "too expensive" to keep on the roster, especially if one was going to be in a back up role. The other was two expensive because of his injury history and the fact that his position was being "phased out" on this offense.

Well, Vince Manuwai and Greg Jones would like to have a talk with y'all.

Prior to the season there was this belief that fullback Greg Jones would be traded or cut. His salary was too high, he had a history of injuries, and the fullback was believed to be being phased out of Dirk Koetter's offense. I knew Greg Jones wasn't going to be released and I tried to portray that as much as possible without point blank saying, "I know." Despite the emergence of young Brock Bolen in the pre-season, Jones wasn't going anywhere. Bolen made enough ways to force his way on the roster, where many thought he was forcing Greg Jones out. Fast forward and Jones has become a vital part of the Jaguars offensive success. He doesn't touch the football I'm sure as much as he likes, but he's a key player in the Jaguars rushing attack. Jones rarely misses a block, rarely misses a bltiz pick-up, and is constantly praised by running back Maurice Jones-Drew. In Dirk Koetter's offense, Jones' role has actually increased.

Jones flexes out wide to almost a tight end position on some pitches. He splits out to the wide side of the field on short passes. He just flat out knocks out fools and takes out chumps, and he's playing at a Pro-Bowl level for a fullback.

All off-season, Vince Manuwai was still struggling to recover from his ACL injury of 2008. He looked slow and sluggish in OTA's, but it was non-contact. I made mention in my camp reports in training camp, that once the pads went on. Manuwai looked just fine. I felt like in the pre-season he'd outplayed newly acquired Justin Smiley for a starting guard position, but Smiley eventually won the job leading many to believe Manuwai and his salary would be dumped from the roster. I explained he wouldn't be, because of depth issues and the fact the Jaguars salary wasn't high as is, and he made the final 53 as I expected and knew he would.

Smiley went down in the Jaguars win over the Buffalo Bills, and he's stayed on the sideline since. Manuwai came in and Wally Pipp'ed Justin Smiley. Manuwai has started the last seven games and played excellent in everyone, having one of his best performances on Sunday against the Titans. He's been straight up dominating whoever has been in front of him, and it's been a big part of the Jaguars offensive success rushing the football. He and Greg Jones are big reasons Jones-Drew has five straight consecutive 100-yard rushing days, and why he's starting to get a few mentions as an unlikely league MVP candidate.

Both players in Manuwai and Jones are deserving of being on the AFC's Pro-Bowl team, which will be announced in the coming weeks. For two players who were supposed to have been cut, they've played at a Pro-Bowl level for much of their time in the line up. I honestly don't expect either to make it, but they are certainly deserving.

Am I just patting myself on the back on this? A little bit, but this is one of the times where I actually knew something and just couldn't straight forward project it.


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Vince Manuwai was one of the best offensive linemen in University of Hawaii football history

Former Hawaii lineman Vince Manuwai, left, earned second-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors as a junior in 2001 and made the first team in 2002.

Vince Manuwai, who was widely regarded as one of the best offensive linemen in University of Hawaii football history, died on Sunday, a family spokesman announced. He was 38. Read more

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Vince Manuwai, who was widely regarded as one of the best offensive linemen in University of Hawaii football history, died on Sunday, a family spokesman announced. He was 38.

Manuwai was diagnosed with a heart ailment a year ago, according to the spokesman. It has not been determined if that condition led to Maunwai&rsquos collapsing while completing a move into an apartment in Kakaako on Sunday morning. He was pronounced dead at Straub Medical Center, the spokesman said.

Manuwai was a 1999 Farrington High graduate who played eight NFL seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars and was on the Atlanta Falcons&rsquo practice squad in 2012. But it was at UH, where he played guard, that served as inspiration for his strength of body (he could bench press 500 pounds) and character.

Mike Cavanaugh, who was Manuwai&rsquos position coach at UH, was overcome with emotion during a telephone interview, finally whispering, &ldquohe was like a son. … He had a great heart.&rdquo

Dennis McKnight, a former UH assistant coach who also helped with the offensive line, described Manuwai as a &ldquospecial player. … To me, he was the greatest linemen to ever play in Hawaii.&rdquo

Rich Miano, a former UH assistant coach, recalled the one-on-one drills between Manuwai and Isaac Sopoaga during UH practices. Sopoaga was a defensive tackle who eventually played in the NFL.

&ldquoIt was like two of the nation&rsquos most explosive players practicing,&rdquo Miano said. &ldquoPeople would stand and watch. He was a spectacle. He was a phenomenal talent.&rdquo

When Manuwai was a Farrington senior, he was set to honor an oral agreement to sign with Utah. But on a January night in 1999, after listening to newly hired head coach June Jones&rsquo plans for reviving the Warriors, Manuwai opted to become Jones&rsquo first recruit. The Warriors went on to win nine games in 1999, nine more than they did in Fred vonAppen&rsquos last season as UH coach.

Former Farrington coach Randall Okimoto said Manuwai served as inspiration for players from hard-scrabble backgrounds. Even as a Farrington student, Okimoto recalled, Manuwai &ldquowas really mature. I knew he would go places because of his attitude.&rdquo

At UH, Cavanaugh picked out the plays that would be used for Manuwai&rsquos highlight tape. As part of the recruiting pitch, offensive lineman John Estes was shown the tape.

&ldquoThat was the most unreal highlight tape I&rsquod ever seen,&rdquo said Estes, who signed with UH. &ldquoI wanted to be like Vince.&rdquo

In 2010, Estes signed a free-agent contract with the Jaguars. Manuwai volunteered to be a mentor. &ldquoHe took me under his wing,&rdquo Estes said. &ldquoI ended up living with him that whole season. He taught me a lot. He helped me be a pro.&rdquo

McKnight said Manuwai&rsquos influence endures. Now coaching with Hamilton in the Canadian Football League, McKnight said, &ldquoWe have a block that Vince Manuwai invented that we still have to this day. We call it the &lsquoManuwai Technique&rsquo for a screen play.&rdquo

McKnight said Manuwai should be remembered for his ability to use his strength as a strength. &ldquoVince was one of those rare individuals where his strength on the field probably was greater than in the weight room. … He was just a powerful man. They talk about lock-down corners in the NFL. Vince was a lock-down O-lineman. When he put his hands on you, it was over. It was done. He was that good. And he was that good in the NFL. He was a dominant guard. If not for the politics in the NFL, he should have been a Pro Bowler many times.&rdquo

Miano praised Manuwai as &ldquoone of the best &mdash if not the best &mdash offensive linemen to play at UH. It&rsquos a sad day for everyone affiliated with Hawaii football who knew Vince Manuwai.&rdquo


A look at the Jaguars All-25: Players 20-16

The Recorder continues looking back at the past 25 years of the National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jags may have their ups and downs, but it’s pretty safe to say that without the franchise, Jacksonville wouldn’t be the grimy and ruthless, yet optimistic and loyal city it is today. The franchise was born in 1994. The Jaguars All-25 is a recognition of the top 25 inactive players in franchise history. Here’s a look at five of the players who were honored throughout July. Look for 21-25 in last week’s sports section, and for more outstanding Jags in coming weeks.

20.CB Aaron Beasley (1996-01)

CB Aaron Beasley was the Jags’ third-round pick in the 1996 NFL draft. He totaled 278 tackles, 15 interceptions and four defensive touchdowns in his six seasons with the team. Beasley also led the NFL in interception yards and touchdowns in the 1999 season and is tied for the second-most interceptions in a season in franchise history with six interceptions.

LB Mike Peterson was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in 1999 and joined the Jaguars franchise in 2003. In 2005, he led the team in total tackles (132) and was named a second-team All-Pro selection. Peterson had 837 total tackles in his career with his six seasons as a Jag, making him fourth in all-time franchise history.

Manuwai was selected by the Jags in the 2003 NFL Draft in the third round and out of his five seasons with the franchise, he only missed one game. Manuwai helped the Jaguars rush for 2,541 yards in 2006 and 2,391 yards in 2007.

Brady was originally drafted in the 1995 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He played for eight years with the Jaguars and totaled 13 TD while with the franchise. He has a total of 25 TDs, 343 receptions and 3,519 receiving yards throughout his NFL career.

Selected in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, Donovin Darius starred in all 116 games in his Jaguar career through 2006. He totaled 858 career tackles, recovered six fumbles and forced seven on the opposing team. Darius also led the team in 2004 with five interceptions.


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