After a brief practice this morning, which ended with linebacker Solomon Matautia’s interception during the 2-minute drill, coach Nick Rolovich gathered the players and ordered them to the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Center for a pool day.
“They’ve been working hard,” Rolovich said. “Get a little off their legs, get them doing something, and have a little fun together. That’s important. We’re almost two weeks away (from the Aug. 26 opener). It’s time to take care of the bodies a little bit.”
This training camp, the Warriors have worked on everything from recovering fumbles to aligning in the victory formation. Today, the final session was on the offense trying to rally from a deficit in the final 2 minutes. The first series ended with a scoring pass from Dru Brown to John Ursua.
On the second series, Matautia picked off Cole McDonald. Rolovich yelled for Matautia to go to the ground rather than risk losing the football on the return.
“Go down to win the game,” Rolovich said, “and we’ll carry you off the field.”
Rolovich has been impressed with the evenness of production between the offense and defense this camp.
“If it’s because of mistakes, then that’s not as good,” Rolovich said. “But if people are making plays, and it’s going back and forth, there’s a difference in how we’re practicing. We’re pretty competitive.”