By Stephen Tsai
Offensive tackle Sean Shigematsu was back walking three days after undergoing what was termed a "minor" knee procedure on Friday. Shigematsu, who can play both tackle positions and right guard, will be ready for the April 1 start of spring training.
Mike Milovale, UH's starting left tackle in 2013, has completed his NCAA eligibility. But the Warriors appear to be deep at offensive tackle. Shigematsu, Leo Koloamatangi, David Griffin and Frank Loyd have started at tackle. Freshmen John Wa‘a and Elijah Tupai have drawn raves during offseason workouts.
Wa‘a redshirted in 2013. But he did well enough in practices he was named the Warriors' scout player of the year for offense.
Tupai had a medical redshirt for 2013 after undergoing shoulder surgery. Each practice, players recovering from injuries are required to work in the "Pit," a sideline area where they pull weighted sleds, heavy ropes or golf carts, as well as other exercises. The drills are the "physical" part of physical therapy. Tupai never minded, often smiling through workouts, and several times requested that more weight be added to the sleds. Yes, Tupai — literally — is skilled on pulls.