Archive for September, 2011

Southern comfort

September 30th, 2011
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MONROE , La. — Well, this city is unique.

Apparently, crawfish can be prepared in so many different ways.

The Warriors will be able to experience the Southern hospitality when they arrive (by charter) this afternoon. They had an extended walk-through at the University of Houston this morning.

Don't mess with Texas

September 29th, 2011
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HOUSTON — First things first

We found Papa's Bar-B-Q. Here are the babyback ribs and sausages:

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And this is where it all begins:

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Did I mention regular gasoline is $3.20 a gallon?

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OK, on to practice. There was a thunderstorm outside, which is why it was fortunate the Warriors practiced tonight in the University of Houston complex. They arrive:

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The artificial surface is actually placed on top of the track:

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On the wall at one end, a goal post is drawn:

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On another wall, there is padding, with illustrations of football players. Linemen can practice their punch blocks on these pads:

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The ceilings are about 40 yards from the field. Alex Dunnachie struck the ceiling with two of his punts before deciding he needed another challenge:

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Before practice, former NFL running back Alonzo Highsmith addressed the team. Here are Highsmith and quarterback Bryant Moniz:

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Cornerback Mike Edwards, with "Swag" cut into his hair:

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Across the street from the hotel there is "Aranda's Bakery," which, of course, is not affiliated with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda:

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Defensive tackle Geordon Hanohano practices a swim move:

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Scott Harding on the return:

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Jordan Gomes, Luke Ingram and Rykin Enos:

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The grass and dirt from UH's practice field is still caked on Luke Ingram's cleats:

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OK, let's take a tour of the Houston indoor facility.

Here's the volleyball section, which holds about 700:

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There's an amazing Hall of Fame center.

One exhibit focuses on Phi Slamma Jamma:

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And there's a section for golf. That's David Ishii on the far right:

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QB commits to UH

September 28th, 2011
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Quarterback Ikaika Woolsey, a 2011 graduate of Salesian Pride High in California, has accepted a scholarship offer from the Warriors and will enroll at UH in January.

Woolsey, who is 6 feet 1 and 205 pounds, currently is enrolled as a part-time student at City College of San Francisco. As a grayshirt, he is allowed to practice with the CCSF football team but not play in any games. He turned down an opportunity to be CCSF's starting quarterback because he wanted to play for the Warriors.

He will have five years to play four seasons at UH.

Woolsey said he has several relatives living on Oahu. "It will be nice to play in front of family," Woolsey said.

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Quarterback Justin Alo does not project to meet the requirements to join the Warriors in January 2012.

Instead of going to a junior college, Alo plans to continue to take classes part-time while training. His plan is to join the Warriors in January 2013, giving him still five years to play four seasons.

Tuesday's practice

September 27th, 2011
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From today's practice:

• Miah Ostrowski tried to give it a go today. But his right foot still prevented him from making cuts without pain. He will not play in Saturday's game against Louisiana Tech.

• Breyden Torres-Keohokapu replaces Ostrowski on the 66-player travel roster.

• Chauncy Winchester-Makaianai practiced today — at right tackle. He was the No. 1 right guard exiting training camp before suffering a sprained right knee the week before the Sept. 3 season opener. Head coach Greg McMackin said Andrew Faaumu and David Lefotu will rotate at right guard, and Levi Legay and Winchester-Makainai will split time at right tackle.

• Shane Austin is still taking the No. 2 quarterback's reps, but it still will be a situational decision on whether Austin or David Graves will be used as Bryant Moniz's immediate backup.

• Quarterback Kevin Spain, who suffered facial injuries from a bike fall a couple of weeks ago, said he is fine. He also said his surgically repaired right shoulder continues to improve.

• Receiver Terence Bell will undergo X-rays today in the hope of finding the source of a stiff neck.

Moniz wins WAC honor

September 26th, 2011
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As expected, Bryant Moniz has been named the WAC's Offensive Player of the Week.

Playing only the first half of a 56-14 bashing of UC Davis, Moniz threw seven TD passes — setting a UH record  for a half and tying an NCAA mark — and amassed 424 passing yards, eighth highest in the nation this season.

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