Archive for July, 2012

Paper delivery

July 31st, 2012

When the Warriors report to training camp tomorrow, each will receive a playbook for the next four weeks. And it will be in paper.

Although the Warriors have the capability of making the playbook available through smart phones and tablets, head coach Norm Chow is an advocate of the good ol' ink-on-paper method. (Which reminds me: How many have renewed your newspaper subscriptions?)

The players received playbooks in April, then returned them at the end of spring training.

Tomorrow, they will be given playbooks for training camp. After that, they will return them, then receive playbooks for the opener against USC. They'll return those books, then receive books for the following week's game. And so forth.

But Chow acknowledges there are limitations. Because of budget constraints, they will re-use the binders.

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The Warriors are meeting today to finalize the training-camp roster. Two spots are up for debate: Backup punter and backup long-snapper.

If Alex Dunnachie were to miss any practice time, the immediate plan is for Joey Iosefa and Scott Harding to serve as punters.

Luke Ingram is healthy and will be the No. 1 long-snapper.  Beau Yap is the backup. But because Yap also is the top pass-rusher, the Warriors are seeking a backup snapper who can work with the kickers while the defense is in team drills. Grant Meersand, who was supposed to be the backup long-snapper, is no longer on the team.

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Silas Redd will make his 2012 debut against UH.

Wonder if Anthony Alosi will make his 2012 debut against USC?

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Happy birthday to Iwonderwhytheyhateme.


July 30th, 2012

By tomorrow, the Warriors will be finalizing what will  be a 102-player roster for training camp. The players report on Wednesday, and the first practice is Thursday afternoon.

They are awaiting word on JC cornerbacks Justin Turner and Ronald Fields and offensive lineman Mike Milovale. Those three are completing work on associate degrees — eligibility requirements for this coming season.

This past weekend, Turner went to Seattle to take a test. He is expected back in town today or tomorrow.

Running back Sterling Jackson, who was held out of spring practice following shoulder surgery, has been cleared to participate in training camp.

Running back Samson Anguay, who underwent knee surgery last year, still is awaiting full medical clearance. He will not participate in at least the first part of training camp.

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The Warriors have received permission to talk to Penn State offensive lineman Anthony Alosi.

Anthony Alosi: Video.

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Wyoming and Hawaii don't  play each other this year, which will force Cowboy center Nick Carlson and free safety Luke Ruff to "Surf Wyoming."

Here's the video: Surf Wyoming.

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Happy (belated) birthday to one of the great ones — brother Mike.

Chow: Public invited to training-camp practices in Manoa

July 29th, 2012

Plans this week?

Cancel them.

In a U turn, the Warriors' training-camp practices in Manoa will be open to the public.

The Warriors being training camp on Wednesday, and they will be working out in Manoa for a little more than a week.

After that, they will spend a little more than a week training at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Because of Navy policy, those practices on base will be closed to the civilian public.

Head coach Norm Chow had originally wanted to close all of the training-camp practices to the public. But he decided it would be better to continue to keep open the relationship between his team and their fans.

Very, very tentative plans call for practices to start at about 2 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and at about 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Hitting pay dirt

July 27th, 2012

Head coach Norm Chow made the suggestion, acting athletic director Rockne Freitas went to quick work, and chancellor Tom Apple apparently gave his blessing, according to school officials. The result is UH student-athletes are expected to receive fatter scholarship checks each month; one estimate is it will increase by about $140 a month.

Part of the calculating the size of a scholarship stipend is the cost of housing. UH apparently had been using a lower average figure. The adjusted figure — all based on dorm costs and within NCAA guidelines — will lead to an increase in the scholarship amount.

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The WB has learned the Warriors will be adding these linemen to the roster:

• Toli Ilaoa — He's the younger brother of former Warrior Nate Ilaoa. He played at Kalaheo before going on a mission. He is 6-3 and 285 pounds.

• Brenden  Urban — Credit UH center Ben Clarke in helping to land a former Chatfield High teammate.

• John Nihi Jr. — At  6-2 and 285 pounds, Nihi played the o-line for ... pause, pause ... the Rough Riders.

* Dale Haretuku — He recently completed a stint in the military.

All four will be competing in training camp.

All wil be walk-ons.

The UH active roster is now at 99 players. It will cap at 102.

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She was dazzling as a UH baton twirler and dazzling as a Miss Hawaii runner-up. Today is Shannon Dresser's birthday. We wish her a great day.


Warriors add TE

July 26th, 2012

Ryan Hall has been accepted into UH's graduate school and will participate in the Warriors' training camp.

Hall earned a bachelor's degree in seven semesters at Duke, meeting the NCAA requirement to transfer to another FBS school without sitting out a season. He will have two seasons of UH eligibility.

Hall will be reunited with former Duke quarterback Sean Schroeder, who also earned a bachelor's degree before transferring to UH.

Hall applied for UH on his own and initiated contact with the Warrior coaches. His girlfriend is a graduate of Duke and Punahou.

"They talk about Warriors showing up and burning the canoe," Hall said. "I bought a one-way ticket to Hawaii."

Hall is a little taller than 6 feet 3, and weighs 240 pounds.

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Tight end Clark Evans will not participate in training camp because of personal reasons.

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UH defensive end Paipai Falemalu: Video.

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UH cornerback Mike Edwards: Video.