03/08/2013 - 2013 West Texas A&M Pro Day: Representatives from 15 NFL teams gathered at West Texas A&M's pro day, where seven players worked out. Due to windy weather conditions in Canyon, Texas - where West Texas A&M is located - the workout was moved to Amarillo (around 20 miles away) and held inside an indoor soccer facility outfitted with FieldTurf.
Manase Foketi, OT (6-foot-5 1/8, 317 pounds) - Foketi - who was at the NFL Scouting Combine but opted not to run the 40-yard dash - ran the 40 at his pro day in 5.77 and 5.54 seconds. His short shuttle time was 5.12 seconds. He had a 26 1/2-inch vertical jump and an 8-foot-11 broad jump. He stood on his combine numbers in the three-cone drill (8.11 seconds) and lifts (25 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press). While Foketi played offensive tackle for the Buffs, NFL scouts see him more as a guard in the pros. Because of his size, Foketi could be drafted as high as the seventh round. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/07/2013 - 2013 West Texas A&M Pro Day: While Davis' timed drills were most impressive at the Texas Tech workout, it was Manase Foketi's positional drills at West Texas A&M that might help his cause the most. Unlike Davis, Foketi was invited to the combine. He wasn't able to perform there, however, citing a strained calf. A league source on hand for Tuesday's workout relayed 40-yard dash times for the Kansas State transfer which sound like he still was hampered by the injury, as the big man clocked averaged 5.6 seconds on his two attempts.
While the 2012 recipient of the Gene Upshaw Division II Offensive Lineman of the Year was far from explosive during timed drills, he did flash the burst and strength to intrigue as a potential guard convert for clubs using a power-based blocking scheme. An estimated 15 teams were on hand for the West Texas A&M workout. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/23/2013 - The first group of offensive linemen have finished running the 40-yard dash and all but two of the athletes participated, each due to recovering from injuries. Foketi transferred to Kansas State after a highly impressive tour at Mt. San Antonio Community College. He started all 13 games at left tackle for the Wildcats in 2010 but missed the 2011 season with a torn Achilles. Rather than return to Kansas State, an issue with the coaching staff pushed him to West Texas A&M where he dominated the lower level competition to earn the Gene Upshaw Division II Offensive Lineman of the Year award. Foketi is talented and therefore warrants Day Three consideration. Teams, however, will want to talk to him about the transfer issues that arose with Kansas State. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Next question: Just like any interview you or may have gone through, the players invited to the combine are there to try and a job. They have to impress their potential employers with intelligence and dedication. Each NFL team is allowed 60 formal player interviews. Each interview can last up to 15 minutes. The topics of conversation can fluctuate wildly from team to team and from player to player. One under-the-radar player who could have full "dance card" is West Texas A&M offensive tackle Manase Foketi.
Foketi signed with Kansas State as a highly regarded JUCO prospect and performed well at this position in 2010. He tore his Achilles tendon two games into the 2011 season and was given a redshirt. Rather than return to the team in 2012, Foketi decided he wanted to transfer for his final season of eligibility.
For reasons that teams will want to explore, the highy respected Bill Snyder and his staff would not allow Foketi to transfer to another FBS program. Foketi wound up transferring to the Buffaloes where the talented 6-5, 333-pound left tackle, not surprisingly dominated. He was named one of three finalists for the Gene Washington Division II Offensive Lineman of the Year Award. His play caught the attention of the East-West Shrine Game talent scouts. After agreeing to play (and being measured in preparation to practice), he apparently sufferered an undisclosed injury early in the week and left. As such, teams will have plenty of questions for him. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
11/28/2012 - GENE UPSHAW DIVISION II LINEMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD FINALIST: Manase Foketi (Hesperia, Calif.) has been a dominating left tackle for West Texas A&M, which has reached the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time in school history. He graded out at 95 percent in all of the team's games and helped the Buff's offense gain 345.15 passing yards per game and 485.0 yards per game. That total ranks eighth. He also blocks for Dustin Vaughan, who is a Harlon Hill finalist and ranks seventh nationally in total offense. - Gene Upshaw Award
07/11/2012 - The NFL will conduct its supplemental draft on Thursday, but don't expect to see Manase Foketi's name among the picks. Foketi, the left tackle who was fighting Kansas State for a scholarship release, said he plans to play another year of college football, even if it means enrolling at a Divsion II school. "I thought about (the supplemental draft)," Foketi said. "I talked it over with my family and felt it was best to go back to school for one more year and play another season." Foketi said he hasn't given up hope of finishing his career at a Division I school, but he realizes the prospects are slim. K-State would have to grant his release for him to accept a D-I scholarship, and he said the school hasn't budged from its stance. "It's kind of hard to talk to someone when they never answer your calls," he said. "I think that's what I'm going to have to do this week, is look at some D-II (schools). I'm trying to contact K-State, me and my parents, but they don't answer nothing." Foketi was a starting left tackle for the Wildcats before he suffered an Achilles injury early last season. The school has cited athletic department policy in refusing to grant his scholarship release. - Austin Meek, CJOnline.com
07/09/2012 - Top-five Kansas State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 4. OT Manase Foketi (6-5, 300)...Technically, Foketi is still a member of the Wildcats' football program, but not by his own choice. The senior left tackle, who missed all of last season due to injury, has been attempting to transfer for his final season of eligibility, but Kansas State has been unwilling to grant his release. Foketi was an all-conference performer in his two seasons at Mt. San Antonio College before transferring to Kansas State after the 2009 season and starting all 13 games as a junior left tackle in 2010. He started the first few games last season as a senior before suffering a season-ending injury and taking a medical redshirt, giving him one final year of eligibility. Foketi, who graduated this past May, didn't participate in spring practice and requested his release from the program, but his application was denied. His future for the 2012 season remains in limbo, whether he will return to Manhattan or continue his fight to play elsewhere, but NFL scouts will be watching this situation closely. Foketi has a stout, lengthy frame with aggressive hand use and the ability to handle speed rushers. He needs to clean up his fundamentals, but the raw skills are there for him to make a pro roster. According to Foketi, the Wildcats told him that he "owes it to K-State to play another year for them" but Foketi sees it differently and says there is nothing left for him to do for the Wildcats. Keep an eye on this situation. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
06/15/2012 - Manase Foketi hasn't been with the Kansas State football team since spring practice. Since then the senior offensive lineman has picked up his degree and returned home to California to be with his family and work out at his old junior college. Though just because Foketi isn't playing with Kansas State, that doesn't mean he is finished playing football at Kansas State. After missing most of the 2011 season due to a knee injury, Foketi took a medical redshirt and has one year of eligibility remaining. A year he doesn't want to spend at Kansas State, as Foketi says he requested a transfer from the school two months ago. A request that is yet to be granted by Kansas State. "I want to move on and close this chapter in my life, but they aren't letting me. They are blocking me and have denied my transfer request," Foketi told The Wichita Eagle. "I have no hard feelings toward them, but it's just the way it is. If someone isn't comfortable somewhere they should have the right to leave. I don't know how they are able to hold me." Foketi says his initial request was denied and after he appealed the decision he was told by athletic director John Currie and coach Bill Snyder earlier this week that his appeal was denied as well. According to Foketi, Kansas State is of the opinion that Foketi owes the school another year of football. "They were saying that I owe it to K-State to play another year for them," Foketi said. "It was something dumb like that. I got hurt and they gave me my year back and now they want me to play my senior year for them. They say I owe them. "Well, I've never redshirted before. This was my first redshirt year. It's not like they had to fight for it. I've got my degree. I don't see what else there is to do at Kansas State." - Tom Fornelli, CBS Sports