The Warrior Beat

Back woes; Lelie joins Rolo in Reno

April 2nd, 2013

Maybe it's just a coinkydink, but the Warriors have dealt with back problems this spring.

Quarterback Sean Schroeder and defensive end Iuta Tepa yesterday underwent back surgeries. Yesterday afternoon, tight end Jordan Pu‘u-Robinson experienced a strained back. Last night, offensive lineman Chauncy Winchester-Makainai suffered discomfort in his back. Pu‘u-Robinson and Winchester-Makainai did not practice today.

"There's always a flavor of the day, and this spring it seems to be back," head coach Norm Chow said.

Winchester-Makainai does not know what caused his back pain. Pu‘u-Robinson apparently suffered his injury while reaching for a sandwich.

Chow said: "I said: 'Jordan, you've got to tell me a better story. You cannot give me that story. Tell me you went bodysurfing or skindiving.' But that's the story."

Winchester-Makainai and Pu‘u-Robinson are expected to resume practicing on Thursday.

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Today's practice was the first after a one-week hiatus because of UH's spring break. It was the third of 15 practices this spring training.

"We weren't quite on target, but that's probably because we had a week off," Chow said. "It's only been three days (of practices). We installed (schemes) the first two. You expect this to be a little ragged. We're not going to settle on a little ragged."

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Ashley Lelie and Nick Rolovich were a 1-2 offensive punch in 2001. Now they are on the same Nevada coaching staff.

Lelie is the quality-control coach on offense for the Wolf Pack. Rolovich is entering his second season as Nevada's offensive coordinator.

Lelie and Rolovich are close friends. Rolovich used to live in Lelie's Honolulu condo.

Lelie was a student manager the past two years for the Warriors.

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