By Stephen Tsai
Because of the quirk in the schedule — the opener was this past Thursday — the Rainbow Warriors treated yesterday as a "Monday," which meant meetings, video studies and 45 minutes of field work that involved mostly conditioning drills. (They did not practice on Friday, which was treated as a "Sunday," and won't practice today, because, well, it's really Sunday and the NCAA requires a mandatory day off each week.)
One of the running back drills involved quick cuts. It doubled as a way to determine the health status of Joey Iosefa's rehabilitated left foot. Iosefa said he did well, while acknowledging it was just a test and not the "real deal." His availability remains in question for Saturday's road game against Oregon State.
It also is hoped left tackle Sean Shigematsu will be ready. He has a bone bruise on his right ankle. But the condition does not require crutches or a medical boot, just a lot of teeth grinding. He's expected to play. But Plan B is Mike Milovale moving to left tackle and Frank Loyd Jr. playing right tackle. Both did well at those positions against USC.
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Offensive lineman Sully Wiefels is seeking a release from his football scholarship to transfer to a junior college. He cited personal and family reasons in his request. He was on the 64-player roster that checked into a Waikiki hotel on the eve of the USC game. The UH coaches were alerted to the request on Thursday, the day of the game, and he then was placed on the inactive list.
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The New York Jets claimed former UH running back Alex Green on waivers.