By Stephen Tsai
Quarterback Tyler Graunke will be reinstated to the team, head coach Greg McMackin said today.
He had been withheld from team activities since Aug. 4 because of "academic issues."
He resolved those issues this past weekend, according to his father, Jeff Graunke.
Because Graunke must undergo medical examinations and attend NCAA-mandated orientation sessions, he will not travel to Florida for the Aug. 30 season opener.
McMackin said he will take only three quarterbacks — Brent Rausch, Greg Alexander and Inoke Funaki.
“I’m happy for Tyler,” McMackin said. “He’s taken care of things, and will be able to play. ... (But) I wish he would have been eligible (for the first practice) Aug. 4, when the rest of the 104 athletes were.”
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The Warriors held their first — and only — scrimmage of the preseason today at Aloha Stadium. To simulate game conditions, they piped in amplified "crowd" noise. The Warriors also unveiled their new ha‘a. On the down note, running back David Farmer suffered an apparent knee injury. He will undergo an MRI tonight.
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One of the players told me that he felt the 2006 offense was the best in UH history. Statistically, it was the most pass-efficient offense in NCAA history. The key pass-catch figures were Colt Brennan, Davone Bess, Ryan Grice-Mullins, Jason Rivers, Ross Dickerson, Chad Mock and Ian Sample. The running backs were Nate Ilaoa and Reagan Mauia. The starting offensive linemen were Tala Esera, Hercules Satele, Samson Satele, John Estes and Dane Uperesa.
I imagine it could be argued the 2006 Warriors were the best overall. The defensive ends were Melila Purcell III and Ikaika Alama-Francis. Leonard Peters and Jacob Patek were the safeties. There was so much depth at linebacker that a healthy Blaze Soares was limited to a handful of snaps against Oregon State.
And Marissa Bonilla was a student manager.
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Happy birthday to Ralph.