August 31st, 2011
Crisp practice this morning.
• The Warriors went through several "tempo" drills, including a defensive one in which the scout offense took about 12 seconds between the end of one play and the next snap. A lot of time was spent on special teams.
• Alex Dunnachie was booming punts. During one drill, his punts averaged 5.5 seconds of hang time.
• Slotback Billy Ray Stutzmann has a sore wrist, but the ailment is not considered to be serious, and he will start against Colorado.
• Right guard Chauncy Winchester-Makainai resumed practicing after missing two workouts because of flu-like symptoms. Winchester-Makainai and Andrew Faaumu split reps at right guard.
• Royce Pollard made several leaping catches. Underneath his jersey, he wears a shredded Kennedy Middle School T-shirt. He earned that shirt as an 8th grader when he did 62 pushups in a minute. He now can do 150 push-ups non-stop.
• The Warriors practiced the haka after practice. Paipai Falemalu is the leader.
• Aulola Tonga is no longer with the Warriors. He might rejoin in January.
• Mike Wadsworth, UH's top freshman in 2009, has requested a release from his UH scholarship. Wadsworth has another year left on his church mission in England.
• Cornerback Mike Edwards' parents, aunt and uncle came to watch his first UH game:
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Thanks again to athletic director Jim Donovan for hosting yesterday evening's Q&A session. It lasted more than 2 hours, and covered a wide range of subjects.
Thanks also to Gov. Ambercrombie for stopping by. He spoke of his proposal to have the Hawaii Tourism Authority pay for the travel subsidies for Mountain West and Big West visiting teams.
Also, Hawaii 5-0 producer Jeff Downer stopped by to greet the readers. (Thanks to Kinda Shy for organizing the surprise visits.)