The Warrior Beat

Tuesday's notes

April 17th, 2012

• The Warriors resume practicing this afternoon. You'll know that, of course, because of the loud music and the pads popping. Head coach Norm Chow said he would like to see improved tackling, so several drills will be devoted to that skill.

• Chow said the Warriors will have combo practice/scrimmages on Thursday and Saturday.

• Running back Sterling Jackson, who underwent offseason shoulder surgery, will not be cleared for contact drills until July.

• John Hardy-Tuliau will remain at cornerback for the rest of spring training. He was the nickelback as a freshman in 2010 and safety last year.

• Remember cornerback Justin "J.T." Turner? Apparently he is on track to earning an associate degree and there is a possibility he might be joining the Warriors this summer.

• Tavita Woodard will remain at tight end today. This will be his fourth practice at that position after moving from defensive end for what was supposed to be a one-day experiment.

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Tuika Tufaga, a UH graduate assistant and former Warrior defensive tackle, has signed to play with the Sagamihara Rise of the X-League, Japan's professional football association.

It's a one-year contract, which includes complimentary use of an apartment and car. He departs this summer.

Tufaga said he is expected to play defensive end.

Former Warriors Kevin Jackson, Derek Faavi and Karl Noa also play in the league.

X-League, according to the English-version Web site, is short for Japan American Football League Xcellence. I suppose it really should be called the E league, so you can get E-mail rather than X mail, but ... oh, never mind. Best wishes to Tufaga, who will continue to work with the Warriors through the spring semester.

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There is a name for the new radio show featuring Michael Lafaele and Nate Ilaoa. It will be called "Mid-Day Fix," and will air Wednesdays on ESPN 1500 AM.

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