The next phase

July 8th, 2013

Four times a week the past couple of months, Ruben Guzman would work on position drills for two hours. After that, he would do conditioning drills. In the evening, he would go to the gym, sometimes spending up to three hours on various strength and cardio exercises.

Guzman is a punter.

UH kicker Tyler Hadden "told me we have a new strength coach (Gary Beemer), and he's very strict," Guzman said. "I didn't want to be that one guy trying to keep up with the other players. I wanted to keep up."

Guzman arrived in town yesterday evening. Today is the first day of UH's Summer Session II. Guzman is signed up for two on-line classes.

"I have some big shoes to fill after Alex (Dunnachie)," Guzman said. "I'm looking forward to it."

Wide receiver Vasquez Haynes said he was "counting down the days" until he joined the Warriors. Haynes, a transfer from Blinn College in Texas, arrived in Hawaii this past weekend.

"It was hard not being in Hawaii, where I wanted to be," Haynes said. "It was difficult waiting. I guess good things happen when you're patient."

Haynes recently completed work on an associate degree at Blinn.

"I worked out at Blinn," Haynes said. "Being in the Texas heat got me right to come out here and compete."

There are 23 days before the start of UH's training camp. With the completion of Summer Session I, some players returned to the mainland. They will adhere to the conditioning program there. Players do not receive scholarship checks when they are enrolled in Summer Session II.

But several, including quarterbacks Taylor Graham and Sean Schroeder, chose to stay to continue conditioning drills and unsupervised workouts in Manoa.

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