The Warrior Beat

Nobriga update

October 28th, 2008

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.

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