Healthy returns

November 15th, 2013

The Rainbow Warriors are optimistic that three ailing players — center Ben Clarke, defensive tackle Saui Matagiese and slotback/punter/punt returner Scott Harding — will be available to play against at San Diego State. And if they're available, they're starting.

Kody Afusia moved from left guard to provide the snaps at center this week. Clarke, who had knee issues, is expected to make his 22nd consecutive start, the longest active streak among the Warriors.

Even if Matagiese can't go the distance, Marcus Malepeai will have extended time, mostly in place of injured nose tackle Moses Samia. Malepeai weighs 290, a 40-pound gain since the end of the 2012 season.

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The retro look will not be limited to the players. The coaches and staff also will be provided with kelly-green shirts.

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There was a guarded vibe around the athletic department complex yesterday. That's because it was the NCAA's annual random drug testing. This time, the emphasis was on performance-enhancing drugs. The NCAA pays for the tests, sparing UH from additional expenditures.

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