Going the distance

July 30th, 2014
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Wideout Vasquez Haynes felt confident his broad jump — 10 feet, 3 inches — would stand as the best on a humid, windless Tuesday afternoon.

And then there was a roar — a loud roar — when walk-on Terrence Sayles soared 10-4.

A few minutes later, Marcus Kemp stuck a jump that was credited at 10-5.

And then Haynes, initiating his version of the re-entry rule, gave it one more shot. After a dramatic pause … Haynes was ruled to have jumped 10-6.

It topped a solid day of team testing for Haynes, who also had a 36-inch vertical jump.

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Marcus Kemp:

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Terrence Sayles:

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Cornerback Dee Maggitt:

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Slotback/running back Samson Anguay:

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Cornerback Barry Higdon:

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Safety Damien Packer:

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Running back Dominique Small:

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Here's receiver Quinton Pedroza running the electronically timed 10-yard dash:

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Safety Trayvon Henderson:

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Running back Keelan Ewaliko:

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Slotback/punter/punt returner/holder/kickoff returner Scott Harding:

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Harding and safety Kawika Borden:

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Big Island RB joins Warriors

July 29th, 2014
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There will be another Joey in the Warriors' backfield this training camp.

Joseph "Joey" Pacheco, a Big Island resident who played at Hartnell College last year, has joined the Warriors as a walk-on.

photo-7"I love that kid," Hartnell coach Matt Collins said. "I think he'll be a guy, they'll realize, who brings something to the table."

Collins said the speedy Pacheco was mostly a receiver, but he also can play running back, a position he will be used with the Warriors. He has two years to play two UH seasons.

Pacheco is listed at 5 feet 7 and 185 pounds, but Collins noted, "he's a great blocker. That's one of the things most impressive about him. He brings tenacity to the blocking game. He's a got a hell of a motor. He good on the stop-and-go. He's a complete player."

Collins said  Pacheco's best game was in last year's Living Breath Foundation Bowl. It came two weeks after he suffered a concussion and a week after suffering a separated shoulder. But Pacheco played well, Collins said, and "he had a nail-in-the-coffin touchdown catch on a screen."

Pacheco, who earned an associate degree, had a 3.5 cumulative GPA.

"He's an under-sized and over-achieving player," Collins said.

Monday musings

July 28th, 2014
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It's Monday, time to empty to notebook.

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The Warriors' first practice is a week away, on Monday, Aug. 4.

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The Warriors should have a better understanding of the potential transfers. The NCAA limits training-camp rosters to 105, but they may expand on the first day of  UH's fall semester (Aug. 25).  The Warriors will not be adding too many after training camp. There are only 110 lockers. Plus, the new all-you-can-eat meal plans make it costlier to add walk-ons.

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A booster seeking anonymity is hosting a fund-raiser dinner this Thursday. The 80 seats are sold. The donor will match the amount raised. Proceeds go to Na Koa, the football team's booster club.

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Revenue from football ticket sales and accompanying premium fees goes to Koa Anuenue, the umbrella fund-raising group, to pay for scholarships. Na Koa, which does not receive a cut of the ticket revenue, has to generate revenue on its own to pay for summer school and supplement training-table meals, among other expenses.

There were 750 Na Koa members the past academic year.

Those interested in joining Na Koa or attending the Aug. 21 Pigskin Pigout should log on to: nakoa.org

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Leftover pictures from the MWC media days:

Nevada quarterback Cody Fajardo and defensive end Brock Hekking:

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Hawaii's Joey Iosefa:

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"Team Leaf" bracelet in honor of  San Jose State linebacker (and former UH fullback) Jared Leaf, who was seriously injured in an apartment fire:

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San Diego State offensive lineman Terry Poole's size-18 shoe:

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And here's a video of Rocky Long interviewing his players:

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Former UH safety Charles Clay said he's enjoying the Green Bay Packers' training camp.

Or, as Clay texted: "Mhhmmm definitely."

Apple fallout

July 27th, 2014
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Hawaii News Now's Keoki Kerr reported that Tom Apple will be removed as UH-Manoa chancellor, an action that will impact the athletic department.

Apple has been a supporter financially (absorbing the department's eight-figure accumulated debt a year ago) and emotionally (he's the first to greet the Warriors at Aloha Stadium). He's backed projects, OK'd contracts, and didn't send in the collectors when the budget was stained with red ink.

In these difficult financial times, it's always good to have friends.

Apple was a friend to the athletic department.

Meal plan

July 26th, 2014
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The Warriors might have what seems like 99 problems, but a lack of food won't be one of them.

The Warriors will open their proverbial dining tables — and wallets — at least three times daily this year.

Financial concerns were raised nationally when the NCAA changed legislation to allow schools to provide unlimited meals to student-athletes, including walk-ons. In the past at UH, the one training table each day was open only to scholarship football players.

It is not known how UH will pay for the meals, whose tab could run more than $300,000. But the football coaches have promised the players will be fed.