The Warrior Beat

Iosefa targets opener

August 3rd, 2013


If all goes according to plan, running back Joey Iosefa might be available to play in the Aug. 29 opener against USC.

"It's been a week since I've been out, and I probably have three more weeks before I start (practicing)," said Iosefa, who suffered a displaced fracture in his left foot last week.

Is playing against USC a possibility? "Yes," he said. "But I have to be smart about myself."

He said he suffered the injury while performing the L-test. "I kind of rolled on it and heard a 'pop,'" he said.

Because the fractured area did not move, surgery was not required. The fracture can heal through the foot being immobilized with a medical boot.

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Head coach Norm Chow said it is too early to set the depth chart, but this was the first practice's No. 1 offensive line:

LT — Sean Shigematsu

LG — Mike Milovale

C — Ben Clarke

RG — Sully Wiefels

RT — Leo Koloamatangi

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Wide receiver Vasquez Haynes was running with the 1s when he said he "tweaked" his right shoulder while trying to make a diving catch. He said it's not a concern, and he expects to resume practicing soon.

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Defensive tackle Kennedy Tulimasealii gave himself so-so grades for his debut, but others were impressed with his first-step quickness. (And his second step, and third step ...) Tulimasealii plays both the 3-technique and nose tackle, depending on the formation.

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