By Stephen Tsai
Greg McMackin said the coaches have scripted every drill for the 15 practices of spring training. The first practice is at 4 p.m. Monday.
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And there's a happy ending. Richard Torres has agreed to give up No. 11, enabling Inoke Funaki to finish his career with that jersey number. They're both Kahuku High graduates, by the way.
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Chris Williams will serve as the interim video coordinator. Williams is a former UH linebacker. His most memorable act was in front of the cameras. Before a statewide television audience during the softball team's Senior Day ceremony, Williams proposed to Kaulana Gould.
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After a very brief experiment at running back, Bryce Kalau‘oka‘a‘ea is back at quarterback.
"That's where my calling is," said Kalau‘oka‘a‘ea, a former Castle standout. "That's where I belong."
He missed all of last season after suffering a torn ACL. He said he is healthy now.
He joins a crowded field. The top of the depth chart goes like this: Greg Alexander, Brent Rausch and Shane Austin. Those three will get the majority of the reps in team drills.
Limited work will go to Kalau‘oka‘a‘ea, Steele Jantz and Bryant Moniz. In fall training, three freshmen join the competition.
"I don't mind," Kalau‘oka‘a‘ea said. "It's actually going to push me into doing my best, being up against guys who also are hungry for that position."