By Stephen Tsai
Two days before the Charleston Southern game, linebacker Aaron Brown overslept, showing up about 30 minutes late for practice. His punishment was a variety of on-field exercises (bearcrawls, rolls, wheel-barrel) as well as his starting job for the CSU game.
But he was allowed to play in the second half, and he paid off his debt with seven tackles, including two in the backfield.
"I'm grateful they let me play that game," Brown said. "I made a mistake. I paid for it. Now it's time to move on. It's behind me."
The Warriors could have easily held out Brown in an undramatic second half. But Brown has worked hard this year. His overall good work merited a second chance. It's nice that the Warriors were able to mix discipline with compassion.
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Good practice today:
• Billy Ray Stutzmann worked out as the No. 1 left wideout. Dustin Blount also got work there.
• Brett Leonard is back, this time at left guard. He missed the first four games because of a knee injury.
• Brent Rausch did not practice today. Not sure why.
• Offensive lineman Chauncy Winchester-Makainai has been cleared to practice. He missed the past game because of a concussion.
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They call it the "turf monster," that invisible force that caused running back Chizzy Dimude to lose his footing in the open field the other night.
But what happened to running back Hogan Rosehill is not a joking matter. Rosehill fell to the turf after making a non-contact move. He's now expected to miss the rest of the season because of the knee injury.
Opponents consider the Aloha Stadium turf to be "fast," which means it has little give. Unfortunately, it is different from the grass and artificial surfaces the Warriors use for practices. Plans call for the stadium's turf to be changed after the season.
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While the renovations at the UH athletic complex continue, Dave Shoji is using a room in the Stan Sheriff Center that does not always have cell-phone reception. And that explains why he was outside, sitting on the Sheriff Center steps, doing a telephone interview with a radio show.
On a related matter, this picture was sent to the radio host, who said his phone does not accept picture texts.