Archive for October, 2008

Mouse in the house

October 31st, 2008
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OGDEN — As it turned out, the Warriors practiced at Weber State's practice facility, courtesy of WSU coach Ron McBride. "Hawai‘i's done a lot for me, it's the least I can do," McBride said. The original itinerary called for the Warriors to have a walk-through in the hotel parking lot.
Speaking of the hotel, the Portland State football team is here in preparation for tomorrow's game against Weber State. Mouse Davis greeted the UH players. Jerry Glanville is somewhere in the hotel. And Erik Pedersen is now a Portland State linebacker.

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Punter Tim Grasso recommended a place called Wingers, which serves all-you-can-eat wings and sticky fingers. We asked McBride, and he shakes his head in that no-no-no way.
We go there, anyway, and the food is so-so.
So, while I'm talking, using hand waves for emphasis, I accidently spill my Diet Coke. OK, I basically knocked it over, splashing "Ferd's" lap. He's wearing beige pants.
He's also irked.
I tried to take a picture because it looked like he had shi-shi pants, but I had bbq sauce on my hands.
Then I tried to apologize. But I guess he thought a giggling apology was not sincere. Anyway, if you see "Ferd" around, tell him I'm sorry.

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Here's Tim Grasso's list of friends/relatives who will be placed on the ticket list:

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Gas is $2.60 a gallon here.

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"Iceman" is a little chilly at practice:

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During yesterday's practice, slotback Dustin Blount practiced as the scout-team running back. Blount was impressive, using his quickness to surge to daylight from the shadows of the offensive line. And, thus, an idea was born: one coach suggested that Blount, who is redshirting this season, compete at running back next year.

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The Advertiser offered buyouts to its employees. Among those who accepted are Wayne Harada, Lynne Chang and Rod Ohira. That's a lot of "institutional knowledge," as they say in our biz. They indeed will be missed. Jim Dooley, however, is not leaving. He's still our best investigative reporter. I apologize for including him on  the original  list.

UH takes 3 QBs on trip; highly regarded DB commits

October 30th, 2008
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 Tyler Graunke is not on the 64-player travel roster, much to the disappointment of  family members who had hoped to make the drive from Arizona to the New Mexico State game. UH is taking three quarterbacks — Greg Alexander, Inoke Funaki and Brent Rausch.

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Mike Wadsworth, a 6-foot-1, 192-pound defensive back from Silverado High (Henderson, Nev.), has decided to accept a UH scholarship offer. Wadsworth plays cornerback, safety and weakside linebacker on defense, and tailback and wideout on offense. He also returns punts and kickoffs, blocks kicks, and is a punter. He runs 40 yards in 4.5 seconds and 100 meters in 10.9 seconds. He was the leadoff runner in the 4x100 relay team that won the regional championship. And, what's more, his GPA is better than 4.0 (he takes honors classes).

Here's his highlight video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ar4CFwnRm5E

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The video strike is over, and Princess Leila, Stanley Lee, Mark Eidson and brother Mike will resume shooting sports videos next Wednesday.

Alexander is named starter

October 29th, 2008
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 In an announcement that was more of a formality, Greg Alexander today was named the starting quarterback for Saturday's game against Utah State. But head coach Greg McMackin said he also has crafted a role for Inoke Funaki, who has started six games this season. Both quarterbacks will play this weekend. Alexander started the season opener against Florida, but did not play significantly until the second half against Nevada, when he rallied the Warrriors to a 38-31 victory.

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The Warriors face some interesting decisions this afternoon when they set the 64-player travel roster for the road trip to Utah State and New Mexico State.
It does not appear as if running back/slotback Kealoha Pilares and wedge-setter Victor Clore will be ready to play against Utah State Saturday. But they are on track to be healthy enough to play against New Mexico Sstate.
The Warriors must decide whether they can afford to bring one or both of those players to Utah State. The second option is to leave them home this weekend, then bring them up for the New Mexico State game. (The team will be staying in El Paso between the two road games)
But the second scenario means that, to accommodate the 64-player travel limit, two players would have to be sent home. That would disrupt the team-bonding experience that a 10-day road trip was supposed to achieve.
Setting the roster will not be as easy for this trip. Usually, the Warriors practice at UH Thursday morning, leave that afternoon and have a walk-through practice Friday. This time, they will have full practices in El Paso next week. But because of the travel-roster limitations, they will not have full scout teams to work against the offense and defense as they would if they were practicing at UH. A guy like scout quarterback Shane Austin is valuable to UH's preparation. Can the Warriors afford to leave him or others like Austin behind?

Nobriga update

October 28th, 2008
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Liloa Nobriga of Palo Verde High (Las Vegas) said he gave a verbal commitment to the UH coaches on Sunday. He then called teammates and his coaches to announce his decision. Nobriga, who moved to Las Vegas last year, said his mother, girlfriend and "my friends" all live in Hawai‘i. But after a meeting with his father tonight, he said he would like to take recruiting trips to other schools. "He wants me to take trips," said Nobriga, who added, "I had a lot of fun on the (UH recruiting) trip. It was everything I imagined. The coaches treated me with great respect. We stayed in a beautiful hotel. I love the program. I grew up being a UH fan. I would love to go there. I would love to see myself as a Warrior at the end."

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One of our dear blog family members — Dr. Doc — underwent successful quadruple bypass surgery. If things go according to plan, he probably will remain in the hospital for another week. No visitors yet, but we'll keep you posted.

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• Keith AhSoon resumed practicing today. He worked as the left guard.

• It does not appear as if Victor Clore will be available to play against Utah State. He might be ready for the New Mexico State game the following week.

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Even if it were a ploy to keep Utah State guessing, the announced "platoon" at quarterback gives the appearance that the Warriors still are a work in progress, which is a fitting portrayal.
Too often this season, it has been assumed that a quarterback — Inoke Funaki, Tyler Graunke and now Greg Alexander — will serve as savior.
That's a lot of pressure placed on one player.
Alexander had a solid second half the past weekend — the best game by a WAC player, according to those who pick weekly awards. This week's expectation should be for Alexander's continued development, not whether he matches last week's heroics. Results may vary when an opponent has a week to prepare for a specific quarterback.
The important thing is Alexander, like many of his teammates, is benefiting from more practice time. This week's game is another step in the journey that is far from over.

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Yet another unheralded player from the Nevada game is JoPierre Davis, who helped down two of Tim Grasso's three punts that landed inside the 5. A week earlier, Davis could not get out of the way of a bouncing punt. This time, read the bounce perfectly. One of his plays was the difference between Nevada starting on its 1 rather than the 20.

Alexander wins WAC award; UH lands QB and LB

October 27th, 2008
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Greg Alexander has been named the WAC's Offensive Player of the Week.

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The Warriors yesterday received commitments from Joey Iosefa, a quarterback/safety from American Samoa, and linebacker Liloa Nobriga of Palo Verde High in Las Vegas.
Iosefa, who is 6 feet 1 and 190 pounds, was named American Samoa's 2007 Offensive Player of the Year in football. He also plays basketball, volleyball and soccer.
Nobriga is 6 feet 3 and 230 pounds. He attended ‘Iolani School through his sophomore year, then moved to Las Vegas, where his family had relocated. He was a promising basketball player at ‘Iolani. He played football as an ‘Iolani freshman, but not as a sophomore. Last season, he had 11 sacks.

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Keala Watson did a good deed the other night. Figuring that Fale Laeli had been limited because of knee and ankle problems this season, Watson decided to relinquish his starting spot. It was a nice gesture of sportsmanship, selflessness and respect. Laeli was a starter last season, and was expected to be a big contributor this season before incurring health problems.

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Our thoughts, prayers and good wishes go to Dr. Doc, who suffered a heart attack last night.

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Happy birthday to Long Time UH Fan, who has been a great person for a long time.