By Stephen Tsai
This is a big spring for:
• Offensive lineman Laupepa Letuli. He is talented enough to have earned auditions at left tackle, left guard, tight end, running back and defensive end. But injuriies have prevented him from ever having a healthy training camp. Now a senior, he get his shot at right tackle.
• Defensive tackle Rocky Savaiigaea. At the all-star practices in December 2004,, Rocky Savaiigaea was regarded near the top of the Warriors' wish list. And that was in a recruiting class that eventually would include Colt Brennan, Davone Bess, John Estes, Letuli, Aaron Kia, R.J. Kiesel-Kauhane, Brashton Satele, and so forth. He's never really played much because of injuries. This is his last chance.
• Middle linebacker Brashton Satele. He became a starter last year. This year, he becomes a leader. There's a difference.
• Safety Spencer Smith. He's the only remaining Jerry Glanville recruit. While Aaron Brown and Lametrius Davis are expected to contend for starting jobs, Smith has the advantage. Brown does not arrive until this summer, and Davis is going to work at corner for the first part of spring practice. Smith has been in the system three years, and this spring he gets to work under Chris Tormey.
• Kicker Brett Symonds. Symonds certainly has the leg, but there's a message when UH decided to bring in a preferred walk-on this summer, and pursued a kicker who just committed to Georgia.
• The 15 or so walk-ons on the bubble who are hoping to stick around past the Green-White Game. The Warriors will have to make some cuts to make room for the newcomers.
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Happy birthday to one of our favorite coaches, Dee Wisneski.
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Hey, some of our readers showed up at the softball game yesterday:
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My daughter missed her flight out of D.C. this morning, which meant she got to hang out on the East Coast another day. Which meant she could take this sorta cool picture of the cherry blossoms.