Archive for February, 2013

Calls of duty

February 28th, 2013
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For more than 30 years, the game-day image was Norm Chow in the coaches' booth, charts spread in front, as he checked coverages and called plays.

That was until last year, when he called plays from the sidelines as the Warriors' head coach.

Chow will always have the final say in offensive plays. But now it appears he has found someone who shares the same offensive philosophy and language. Aaron Price, the newly named offensive coordinator, is expected to have a role in creating game plans and implementing them. He did that under one of the best offensive minds, his father Mike Price. Chow regards Aaron Price as a dedicated and innovative play-caller. Price, who emerged from a pool of 12 finalists, will be able to show those qualities in spring training.

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While last year's redshirts and transfers will get extended looks in spring training, the competition is open, with no starting jobs — or depth charts — yet established. The most intense battles are on the offensive line.

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A little nostalgia: Warriors practicing in Klum Gym last night.

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UH needs to find a trophy case for this:

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Aaron Price named OC

February 27th, 2013
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No surprise — see pictures below — but Aaron Price has been named the Warriors' offensive coordinator and receivers coach.

Price will assist in crafting game plans, although head coach Norm Chow remains as the primary play-caller and quarterbacks coach. (Graduate assistant Jordan Wynne also will  help with the quarterbacks.)

Chow also announced these changes:

• Chris Wiesenhan moves from offensive line coach to running backs coach.

• Chris Naeole, who played in 12 NFL seasons, is the offensive line coach.

• Keith Uperesa, who was the running backs coach this past season, becomes the director of player personnel. He will be in charge of academics and compliance.

* Phil Rauscher remains as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator.

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The 2013 Warriors had their first organized practice yesterday.

The offense was particularly sharp. There were no interceptions, fumbles or drops.

There also was no ball.

The NCAA allows teams four one-hour practices during the offseason. The conditions are no pads, no contact and no football.

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Here's a video of one of the more intriguing warm-up drills (please click on the pic):

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Here's a fully healed Calen Friel (foreground) leading one of the drills:

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Tight end Harold Moleni:

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Slotback Scott Harding:

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Quarterbacks Taylor Graham, Sean Schroeder and Ikaika Woolsey, and tight end Craig Cofer:

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Tight ends/o-line:

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New assistant coach Aaron Price working with the receivers:

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Right tackle Leo Koloamatangi:

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Edwards runs 4.56 or 4.47

February 26th, 2013
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Former UH cornerback Mike Edwards' best time in the 40 was either 4.47 seconds or 4.56 seconds at today's NFL Scouting Combine.

The NFL Network listed Edwards' second attempt at 4.47 seconds — a time that NFL teams reported to Edwards.

But several hours later, the network listed Edwards' best time at 4.56 seconds.

Each NFL team keeps its own times for draft-assessment purposes. The "official" times are used for draft analysts.

Edwards' had a slow time in his first attempt. He said he had a quick start, but had "trouble carrying" the pace. He said he felt he was too "mechanical" in his running style. He said he "let loose" in his second attempt. He was initially credited with a 4.47 unofficial time. One of the scouts credited him with running as fast as 4.45 seconds. After a review, his official time was listed at 4.56 seconds.

Edwards' 36-inch vertical jump placed 10th among corners.

The Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons have expressed the most interest in drafting Edwards.

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It was interesting that former UH long-snapper Luke Ingram made all of the snaps in a three-hour combine session this past weekend. Then, after a 15-minute break, Ingram lifted 225 pounds 24 times.

"Luke was awesome," punter Alex Dunnachie said.

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Defensive back Daniel Lewis of Louisiana apparently has made a verbal commitment to the Warriors. He will be part of the 2014 class.

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R.J. Hollis has signed his letter of intent. He's officially a Warrior.

Still going

February 25th, 2013
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Offensive lineman R.J. Hollis' commitment shows that the Warriors are not done constructing the 2013 team.

In addition to the impending signing of David Fangupo, a Kealakehe defensive lineman and Internet sensation, the Warriors have room to sign at least one more to this year's class.

There is space because three recruits are expected to grayshirt and quarterback Aaron Zwahlen is going on a two-year church mission.

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The Warriors still remain in the hunt for a punter to challenge Scott Harding. The search, which began a year ago, has extended from the East Coast to Australia.

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I know UH calls this the spring semester and the major leagues have started spring training, but isn't this just a wee early for Stanford to begin spring football practice today?

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Liz Kauai has donated to a ticket to the Rainbow Wahine softball banquet in May.

If you wish to enter the drawing for the ticket, please post: I want the ticket!

Winner will be chosen tonight.

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Today is the birthday of our late friend, Florida Ted, who remains in our thoughts.

Warriors land JC o-lineman

February 24th, 2013
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R.J. Hollis, an offensive lineman from Scottsdale College, has made an oral commitment to play for the Warriors in 2013.

Hollis, who completed his visit this morning, will sign his letter of intent tomorrow.

Hollis is 6 feet 3 and 290 pounds.

By committing to UH, he is turning down visits to Cincinnati and Illinois. Washington also has expressed interest.

Hollis will have four years to play three UH seasons.

Here is his high school highlights: Hollis video

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Thinking ahead, the Warriors already are trying to make plans for training camp in August.

Because of the summer-session schedule, the Warriors need to live on campus for at least a week. With the high price of renting dorm rooms, there is a possibility the Warriors could spend a week living in the UH dance studios.

The Warriors would like a return to a military base for the second half of training camp. That situation worked out well last year for the Warriors, with the rates affordable and military association immeasurable.