The Warrior Beat

Wily to rest

October 21st, 2013

It appears that running back Faga Wily, who continues to experience problems from a concussion, will be shut down for the rest of the season.

Wily provided a boost to the power running game in Joey Iosefa's absence in the first two games. But he hasn't played or practiced since suffering  a concussion during a bye-week scrimmage.

Steven Lakalaka, Diocemy Saint Juste, Marcus Langkilde and Willis Wilson will split reps, with the hope that Iosefa will join the rotation in the near future. Also, Jason Muraoka, who played well in last week's scrimmage, could be an option, too.

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The Rainbow Warriors are at the halfway point of the season, with six games in six weeks remaining. Here are the goals:

• Wipe the slate. The Warriors need to go at least 4-2 in the second half if it wants any sort of momentum entering the offseason. (Of course, for the truly diehard, 6-0 would mean a berth in the Hawaii Bowl.)

• Defensive end Tavita Woodard entered 2013 as the Warriors' top pro prospect. He has the speed, reach and frame to be effective on the edge in a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme. But he has been lukewarm-and-cool since a strong start. A consistently good second half for Woodard would help both the Warriors and his draft stock.

• Ditto for middle linebacker Brenden Daley, wideout Chris Gant, offensive lineman Mike Milovale and safety John Hardy-Tuliau.

• It's never too late to create an in-season marketing campaign. As long as there are three home games remaining, there are three opportunities to generate money. There already are pre-conceived obvious promotions: Homecoming for the Colorado State game, retro night for San Diego State, and senior night for Army. It's time for UH to do more. Also, the student fees already are in the bank. It's a shame that students who essentially paid for season tickets aren't making use of them. So, it's time for more giveaways. Free tuition? Free parking? Kegs? Once they're in the stadium, they might even enjoy the game.

• People love to complain … for free. How about setting up a mic in the Campus Center. Then have Norm Chow, Ben Jay, Tom Apple and the lowest-rated professor on sit in the front row. For a dollar a second, people can take turns griping, making suggestions or primal screaming. Cash only. (Wait a minute, maybe I can charge people for complaining on this widely read blog.)

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Congratulations to Princess Leila, who today begins her new job as communications director at UH-West Oahu.

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