OK, I was correct that today is Wednesday. Hey, it was a loooong trip.
But I was wrong that it would be a long practice. The Warriors completed their work, in the rain, in 90 minutes. Of course, right when they decided it was pau hana time, it stopped raining.
Defensive tackle Siasau Matagiese, a transfer from Portland State, began practicing with the Warriors. He was wearing a blank green jersey. Kaniela Tuipulotu did not know his name, but referred to him as the “guy with the tattoos.” Hmm. A guy with tattoos on the UH football team. That narrows it down to about 100. Cal Lee said: “It’s your job to figure out his name.” Let’s see, my contract … page 34, 35, ….ah, there is it, on page 36 of my contract: “Beat writer is in charge of finding out the name of the tattooed guy from Portland State.” Anyway, he’s Siasau Matagiese, a Waimea High graduate. He played one season at Portland State, participated in the Vikings’ spring training, then decided to transfer. He said he’s 6-2 and 280 pounds.
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• Bubba Poueu-Luna wore a medical boot yesterday because of a sprained ankle, further solidifying the expectation he will redshirt this season.
• One of the UH staffers said to keep an eye on Poueu-Luna and cornerback Dee Maggitt. He said both will be very good. He also raved about Donnie King, who has been playing receiver in practice. The staffer thinks King can be a very good running back.
• UH will lose most of the secondary after this season — cornerbacks Jeramy Bryant and Lametrius Davis, and safeties Spencer Smith and Mana Silva. But there is a lot of talent coming back: cornerbacks Kawika Ornellas, Lewis Walker, John Hardy-Tuliau, Steven Christian, and Maggitt, and safeties Poueu-Luna, Richard Torres, Kenny Estes, Jordan Gomes and Daryl McBride.