With about 40 first-year Warriors, it sometimes is about just establishing a routine. And that was the most significant takeaway from Saturday’s scrimmage at Aloha Stadium.
The Warriors simulated the game-day routine, from meetings to the pre-event meal, to the bus ride to the stadium, to how to exit the locker room. The little things matter.
> The quarterbacks had their moments. Chevan Cordeiro opened in a rhythm, speed-reading the coverages and making quick (and correct) decisions. He completed eight of his first 10 passes. Cole McDonald came through in the “overtime” session, leading two scoring drives. And Jeremy Moussa continues to show his arm strength with deep throws from an almost effortless motion.
> Nick Rolovich praised Dakota Torres‘ situational awareness for catching a pass and refusing to be forced out of bounds. Instead, he went down, keeping the clock rolling as the offense tried to hold on to a lead in the four-minute drill.
> On the final play of the scrimmage, Cordeiro appeared to be touched by rush end Kaimana Padello as he launched a pass to Torres for a touchdown. It was an eye-of-the-beholder play in which both sides could claim victory. The offense insisted it was a touchdown. The defense claimed it was a sack. It didn’t matter. It turned out to be a win-win situation.
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Every year referee George Gusman invites the media to a session on NCAA rules changes for football. The session caters to the in-writing people (notebooks are distributed with the new rules) and visual folks (videos are shown to illustrate the changes).
And what’s class without data. We learned:
Average time for FBS games:
> 2016: 3:24
> 2017: 3:18
> Mountain West average: 3:24
> Shortest: CUSA — 3:08
> Longest: Big 12 — 3:28
Average fouls per game:
> Mountain West: 13.1
> Lowest: Independents 11.1
> Highest: American Athletic 17.0
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The career of Hawaii’s sports preeminent narrator — Jim Leahey — will be celebrated in a retirement party today. His honesty, humor, Thesaurus-deep phrases, and intelligent descriptions will be missed.
Best wishes, Uncle Kimo.