In preparation for Saturday’s season opener against Arizona, the Hawaii football team wore their game helmets and game shoes during today’s two-hour practice.
Head coach Nick Rolovich said breaking in the black helmets and Under Armour shoes was a “sign” that the first kickoff was approaching.
“I think the team is fairly mature in that it doesn’t affect them one way or another,” Rolovich said. “I think it’s a subliminal message we’ve got a few more days.”
The Warriors worked on executing the game plan against scout units portraying Arizona’s offense and defense. They also had extended drills involving special teams.
“It’s been fine,” Rolovich said of game week. “It’s coming faster. You always want a little more time to get this in, get that in, get this guy ready, get that guy ready. I can appreciate a lot of the work these guys have put into the program.”
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Gary Allen, UH’s career rushing leader, and his wife, Hilda, attended today’s practice. They were here to watch their son, Jaden Allen, a freshman receiver for the Warriors, and attend functions honoring Dick Tomey. Tomey was Allen’s coach at UH.
Jaden Allen did not disappoint. He caught a scoring pass from Boone Abbott against the Warriors’ top defensive unit.