Field test

October 28th, 2011

MOSCOW — Of all the reasons to conduct a walk-through practice, two compelling ones are found in the Gem State — Idaho's Kibbie Dome and Boise State's blue turf. Few other sites are comparable.

Only 13 of the 64 Warriors on the travel roster played in the Kibbie Dome in 2009, the last meeting in Moscow between UH and Idaho.

Unlike other domes, Kibbie is smaller (seating capacity of 16,000), with no seats behind the end zones. UH punter Alex Dunnachie was able to boot punts that struck the hanging scoreboard during the walk-through in 2009.

The conditions have improved, with a forgiving artificial surface and more lighting tracks installed. Also, a wall behind the end zone was refurbished to allow in more natural lighting. All of which is to say: The Kibbie Dome is not Aloha Stadium.

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Slotback/returner Scott Harding sends a tweet to his followers:


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Dome, sweet, dome:






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Defensive tackle Vaughn Meatoga:



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Defensive tackle Kaniela Tuipulotu:


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Linebacker Aaron Brown secures a pass, just inbounds:


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Left cornerback Tank Hopkins:


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Line coach Gordy Shaw is comfy; offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich is a little chilly:


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Defensive tackle Zach Masch is being examined for a large pimple:


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Former Saint Louis School quarterback Jason Gesser, who now coaches the Idaho running backs:


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Greg McMackin and Idaho offensive coordinator Steve Axman:


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Scouts for the Houston Texans and Washington Redskins met with UH coaches this morning to discuss NFL prospects.

Based on the evaluations from scouts the past few weeks, the Warriors rated the highest are Kaniela Tuipulotu, Vaughn Meatoga, Royce Pollard, Bryant Moniz, Aaron Brown, Zach Masch, Corey Paredes and Richard Torres.

Meatoga's stock has soared in the past month. He is viewed as both an end and a tackle. With his strength and relative speed, he is viewed as an ideal end in a 3-4 defense.

The talk is that Paredes projects as fullback. Asked if he ever  played running back, Paredes told the WB: "Only my first year of Pop Warner."

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