The Warrior Beat

Temecula connection

July 28th, 2008

The Temecula (Calif.) pipeline is still active.
When Brett Symonds of Chaparral HIgh reports to training camp Saturday, he becomes the third Temecula-raised kicker to play for the Warriors. He follows Eric Hannum and Dan "The Iceman" Kelly.
Symonds turned down scholarship offers from Weber State and Idaho State to enroll at UH as a walk-on. But he said welcomed the opportunity to serve as Kelly's apprentice. Kelly is entering his senior season.
"And," he said of his decision, "it's Hawai‘i."
Symonds is 5 feet 11 and 150. But he has kicked a 43-yarder in a game. During warm-ups, he has booted field goals of 55 yards off a 1-inch block and 57 off the ground.

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This is the extremely large right hand of Keith "The Bear" AhSoon, who moves from left left tackle to left guard this season.


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With the departure of Colt Brennan, John Estes is expected to assume a leadership role on offense. He will be the offense's only third-year starter.


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The best battle of camp will be at left tackle. The candidates are Aaron Kia, Ray Hisatake and Laupepa Letuli. Here's Kia:


And here's Hisatake:


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One of the team's nicest guys, Antwan "Tua" Mahaley, is ready to contend for playing time at defensive end this season.


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Jennifer Carey, now an assistant volleyball coach at Georgia Tech, is in town on a visit. The Warriors will be working out at Georgia Tech in preparation for the Florida game. Former UH offensive coordinator Paul Johnson is Georgia Tech's head football coach.


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Legendary football coach Chuck Mills also visited the Warriors today.


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Mei Ling took some wonderful pictures of the Arizona Cardinals' camp. Here's Travis LaBoy signing an autograph:


And that's Satele (No. 67):


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