Archive for August, 2011

Wednesday's practice

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.)


Back to practice

August 30th, 2011

Wideout Darius Bright and linebacker Aaron Brown resumed practicing this morning.

Here are head coach Greg McMackin and Bright:


Brown, meanwhile, practiced with the scout-team defense:





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Right guard David Lefotu, who has missed more than two weeks because of a strained knee, practiced today. With Chauncy Winchester-Makainai still recovering from flu-like symptoms, Andrew Faaumu was the No. 1 right guard.

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Athletic director Jim Donovan is hosting a question-and-answer session with readers at 5:30 p.m. at the UH athletic complex.

Text (808) 256-0223 or email to let us know if you will be attending.

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Happy birthday to Momo.

Brown, Bright suspended for opener

August 29th, 2011

Starting linebacker Aaron Brown and left wideout Darius Bright have been suspended for Saturday's season-opening game against Colorado because of  their arrests Sunday following their alleged involvement in a fight in Waikiki.

Athletic director Jim Donovan and head coach Greg McMackin will continue to gather information before deciding whether the players may participate in the two-game road trip against Washington and UNLV.

Both players may resume practicing tomorrow. As part of their punishment, they must participate in team-disciplinary measures and perform community services.

During this morning's practice, middle linebacker Corey Paredes played weakside linebacker, Brown's starting position, and George Daily-Lyles replaced Paredes in the middle. Allen Sampson was at left wideout in place of Bright.

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Donovan is hosting a Q-and-A session with readers at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at the UH athletic complex. If you're interesting in attending, text me at (808) 256-0233 or e-mail so we can get a rough head count.

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Happy birthday to Pomai, Pride and RainbowCliff.

Brown, Bright suspended

August 28th, 2011

Linebacker Aaron Brown and wideout Darius Bright have been suspended following their arrests this morning. They are accused of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, over their alleged involvement in a fight in a Waikiki nightclub.

Here's the link: Suspensions.

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After enduring the tropical storm formerly known as Hurricane Irene, former Warrior linebacker Brashton Satele said: "Everything should be fine."

Satele, now with the New York Jets, was in a New Jersey hotel when Irene passed through the New York Metropolitan area. There was flooding in the area and more than 100,000 were left without electrical power this morning.

"We've had tropical storms in Hawaii," Satele said. "What was creepy was how wide the storm was."

Satele said the river behind the hotel overflowed, flooding the parking lot.

"For some reason, I parked my car at a different spot last night," Satele said. "It was good. Where I usually park, everybody's car was covered with water. My car was parked on a hill. I don't even know why I parked up there. It was the farthest I could park from my room."

The game between the Jets and Giants was rescheduled for tomorrow night.

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Anyone know if  long-snapper Jake Ingram, signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars yesterday, played in last night's game?

One to go

August 27th, 2011

With Scott Harding being named the No. 1 punt returner, only the placekicking job remains contested. It's between Tyler Hadden and Kenton Chun.

Back in February, who imagined the winning parlay picks for starters would include running back Joey Iosefa, right tackle Sean Shigematsu, defensive end Zach Masch and quarter (nickelback) Mike Sellers?

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Left wideout Darius Bright said he was somewhat concerned, but not worried, about Hurricane Irene's impact on his family, who lives in North Carolina. He said they live an hour inland from the coast, meaning they should avoid Irene's full brunt.