By Stephen Tsai
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?