The Warrior Beat

Sunday notes

August 4th, 2013

• Our thoughts are with defensive end George Daily-Lyles, whose father recently died. Daily-Lyles, who had been in Long Beach the past week, is set to rejoin the team.

• Thoughts and prayers also are with defensive back Mike Martin and wide receiver Keelan Ewaliko. Both were excused from practice yesterday because of family matters.

• Fitting for a team that is staying in the dance studios, the Rainbow Warriors had a dance-off last night. Running back Willis Wilson represented the offense. Kwamane Bowens represented the defense. Both were so good, the judges could not pick a winner. It ended in a tie.

• Tonight's competition: Table tennis.

• Bowens was a decorated receiver in Virginia Beach. The coaches allow players to choose their position to start training camp. Bowens chose cornerback.

• Getting the most work at corner are Ne'Quan Phillips, Dee Maggitt, Tony Grimes, Bowens, Anthony Pierce, Brian Clay and Barry Higdon.

• Wide receiver Vasquez Haynes said he probably will be out another week while recovering from a bruised AC joint in his right shoulder.

• For those practicing to be announcers at home, Haynes' first name is pronounced: Voss-quez.

• Allen Sampson was held out of the final drill yesterday because of slight tightness in his hamstring. It was more of a precaution than a concern. He should be good to go for today's practice.

• Safety Ryan Pasoquen also experienced tightness in his hamstring.

• Even without Haynes and Billy Ray Stutzmann (concussion), the receivers are perhaps the most impressive group. Chris Gant has emerged as the go-to receiver. Scott Harding and Sampson have played well at both the slot and wideout. Freshmen Ammon Barker , Marcus Kemp and Keith Kirkwood appeared to have the offense down. The biggest surprise is Daniel Masifilo, a Campbell High graduate who transferred from Arizona State. Masifilo already is in the top rotation.

• After two days of practice, the third best offensive tackle has been RJ Hollis, a transfer from Scottsdale CC.

• John Wa‘a, a freshman from Kahuku High, also has played well at guard.

• The best battle is at tight end. Jordan Pu‘u-Robinson got the first reps on Friday, Craig Cofer was first yesterday.

• Happy birthday to Frank Loyd Jr. (Stay away from the Gatorade containers at the end of practice.)

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