Going for the goal

May 11th, 2012

During exit interviews, each player was asked to submit a list of long- and short-term goals.

Nearly everyone listed winning the MWC title as a top goal.

"I like that," head coach Norm Chow said. "We have unselfish players."

Tavita Woodard, who was at tight end for 10 of the 15 spring practices, has been told he will compete at defensive end in training camp. Chow said Woodard did well at tight end but he will have a bigger impact as a hybrid defender because of his size, quickness and agility.

Justin Alo, who was held out of contact drills the second half of spring training because of a fractured hand, was told he will remain at quarterback. Alo has the skills and athleticism to compete at several positions.

Chow finished the exit interviews yesterday. The players are on their own until Aug. 1, when they report to training camp, although they are permitted to use the UH facilities and participate in conditioning drills conducted by strength coordinator Tommy Heffernan.

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Former UH linebacker Aaron Brown is still representing the 50th state.

He has No. 50.


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Happy birthday wishes to:

• Allison Masuda Kawakami.

• Claire Arakawa, a former Rough Rider and now kick-okole businesswoman.

• Miki Akeo-Nelson, a principal with a mean volleyball serve.

• Tenari Maafala.

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