The Warrior Beat

Austin power

May 10th, 2012

Former UH quarterback Shane Austin is making a strong early impression as the starting quarterback for the Everett (Wash.) Raptors of the Indoor Football League.

Helmet_Modern_Raptors_rleft_160In his first game, he threw seven touchdown passes. Last week, he had a league-high nine TD throws.

It's an 8-on-8 format. The Raptors' offense has three lineman, two "high-motion" receivers, a running back and Mr. Touchdown.

Austin hopes to parlay the gig into a job with in the Canadian Football League. But for now, he's having a blast playing football.

The Raptors travel to New Mexico today for this weekend's game. Next week, the Raptors face the Allen Wranglers, led by Terrell Owens. Yes, that T.O.

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McDonald's donated $17,500 to the UH athletic department:

McDonald's-UH Athletis Donation

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In the NCAA vernacular, May is "Junior Month," a time when coaches are permitted to go out  to evaluate — and make offers — to prospects who will be high school seniors in the fall.

The Warriors have four coaches on the mainland and one coach (Tony Tuioti) who is making the American Samoa/Australia circuit. At this time, the coaches are allowed to make word-of-mouth offers; offers in writing may not be issued until September.

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Head coach Norm Chow is concluding exit interviews with players today.

The coaches have collected the playbooks, which will be re-issued when the players report to training camp on Aug. 1. The first practice is Aug. 2.

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Chow did well selling Keiki Day newspapers yesterday. Then again, he is experienced. Chow used to sell newspapers at the old Honolulu Stadium when he was a keiki.

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Former Warriors Aaron Brown (St. Louis Rams), Zach Masch (Seattle Seahawks), Liko Satele (Arizona Cardinals), Vaughn Meatoga (Cincinnati Bengals) and Austin Hansen (Philadelphia Eagles) are preparing for tomorrow's start of their three-day rookie camps.

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Motivated yet?

Quarterback Matt Barkley is among several USC players who are going to Haiti today on a support trip.

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