D-ends step up

March 29th, 2011

The Warriors made an easy transition back to work yesterday after a one-week hiatus for spring break:

• Defensive left end Liko Satele's left arm was in a brace because of an injured left forearm. Satele won't participate in contact drills the rest of the spring, but he is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in August. UH head coach Greg McMackin said Satele  played well during the first five spring practices.

• Paipai Falemalu, the No. 1 defensive right end, took several reps at left end in place of Satele. Marcus Malepeai, Beau Yap, and Desmond Dean also received extended work at DE. During the team drills, Yap had a sack. "I like those three guys," d-end coach Cal Lee said.

* One of the d-end candidates, Siaki Cravens, has not practiced this spring while recovering from a procedure on an injured leg.

• Miah Ostrowski's return after three months as the UH basketball team's point guard was a success. Ostrowski practiced as the No. 1 right slotback, and he looked crisp in running routes and catching passes. He said he developed chemistry as starting quarterback Bryant Moniz's roommate on road trips last year. With the help of two of Moniz's cousins, their hotel room was turned into a mini theater. A projector played movies on a large canvas.

• The first two spring practices, Allen Sampson and Terence Bell were the No. 1 slotbacks. While the receiver competition will remain open until training camp, Sampson and Bell yesterday practiced at wideout. The Warriors want to improve their vertical attack, and Sampson and Bell are speedy on the 9 routes along the sideline.

• Corey Paclebar remained as the No. 1 left slotback. Billy Ray Stutzmann will push for a job at slot or wideout.

• With Tank Hopkins playing his best since his arrival in Manoa in June 2009 and John Hardy-Tuliau moving from nickelback, it appeared the Warriors were set at cornerback. What's more, highly regarded corner Mike Edwards joins this summer. But Kawika Ornellas has played well in man coverage this spring, providing depth and, maybe, some more competition at corner.

• Here are linebackers George Daily-Lyles and Aaron Brown:


• The theme of yesterday's practice was to "play fast." That was emphasized when the coaches implored the offense to play at "game tempo" during team drills. And defensive coordinator Dave Aranda told his defense he wanted hockey changes during substitutions. It was a reference to how quickly hockey teams change lines.

• For the final drill of practice, there was an offense versus defense competition, with points awarded for third-down stops, interceptions, forced fumbles. The surprise of camp, kicker Kenton Chun, converted a 37-yarder. Tyler Hadden has the lead, but Chun and Kyle Niiro are solid insurance.

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