The Warrior Beat

Dunnachie suspended after no-contest plea

August 3rd, 2012


Punter Alex Dunnachie has been suspended for an indefinite number of games after pleading no contest to a DUI charge in District Court this morning. But Dunnachie, who was held out of yesterday's practice, will be allowed to rejoin the team on Monday and participate in training camp.

While attorney Paul Cunney insisted Dunnachie had a strong chance at winning at trial, Dunnachie said the decision to accept the charge was based on wanting to "move on" from the incident and rebuild his relationship with teammates and coaches. Dunnachie apologized to teammates at a meeting last month.

Dunnachie's sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 24.

"There has to be some sort of punishment," Dunnachie said this morning. "Coach Chow hasn't given me any sort of indication what the punishment will be. I have to rebuild that relationship with the coaches and the rest of my teammates, and show I'm worthy of being back on the team."

The Warriors' training camp opened this past Wednesday. The first practice was yesterday afternoon.

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I'm not an expert, so I defer to the experts. The coaches were impressed with:

• Ne'Quan Phillips — He's an aggressive cornerback, perhaps too aggressive. He had to be warned that he was competing against teammates. But he's physical, fast and doesn't appear to ever tire. Mike Edwards is serving as his mentor.

• Ben Clarke — Quarterbacks are rotated often. Thing is, Clarke, a center, doesn't always get advance warning. Also, each quarterback has a different preference. Some want the snap slightly to the left, some slightly to the right. Clarke adjusted to each style, made the line calls and did a terrific job with his blocks.

• Donnie King — Two weeks ago, he didn't even have a jersey number. Yesterday, he was zigging when defenders were zagging. He's down on the depth chart at slot receiver, and the Warriors don't use slots a lot, but for one day, he provided another offensive threat.

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The new-look Corey Paclebar:


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And the new tight end, Ryan Hall (with coach Phil Rauscher):


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