By Stephen Tsai
One of the prizes of the 2013 recruiting class — defensive tackle Kennedy Tulimasealii — left practice today with an injury to his right knee.
It is believed the injury is related to the MCL.
Tulimasealii suffered the injury during a one-on-one drill. He was carted off the field. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI today.
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After a relatively short practice today, the Rainbow Warriors will check out of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and head back to campus. The players then will move into the dorms or off-campus housing.
The six days on base set jobs, re-opened competitions and created unique bonding experiences. (One idea was to have the team pull a bumboocha cargo plane; a suggestion that reportedly was approved at the Pentagon level but nixed locally.)
So far, and this is written in chalk, we've learned this:
• Left tackle Sean Shigematsu knows how to overcome adversity. A recover of two knee injuries and a shoulder ailment, he was on crutches on Saturday because of a sprained ankle. The next day, the crutches were gone. Yesterday, he was practicing.
• QB coach Jordan Wynn also is tough. He was taken to the emergency room this past weekend because of abdominal pain. He was back for the next session.
• There's a possibility Joey Iosefa will be cleared to practice next week. There's is optimism that Diocemy Saint Juste will be ready to go very soon. Until then, it appears Aofaga Wily might be the No. 1 running back. Kahuku sure missed him the other night.
• The new receivers are doing well and each will be in the playing rotation. But with each passing day (and receiving day, too), it appears Keith Kirkwood has a great shot at a starting spot. It's an amazing ascent for an athlete who did not play football until his senior of high school, which was only a year ago.
• Taylor Graham will exit the base as the No. 1 quarterback, but Sean Schroeder has had a very good camp, too.
• Jeezy and every other scout is correct. Jerrol Garcia-Williams is one of the most athletic linebackers in recent UH history. He can pass-rush effectively and cover inside receivers. He's also deceptively strong. During a team drill yesterday, he bowled over a running back en route to a "sack." (They're virtual sacks because QBs can't be hit in practice.)
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We had a birthday party for my grand-daughter this past Friday. My niece's boyfriend, who's a fish distributor, brought over trays of sashimi and poke. I was really hungry when I came home last night. I saw the leftovers, only the fish appeared to have a different hue from Friday night.
Debate: Eat it or don't eat it.
Of course, I ate it. And now I know how the QB coach felt this past weekend.