The bill for goodwill actually wasn’t that high.
Eyebrows could be raised for sending the Warriors to Maui for an event drawing about 500 fans. But Hawaiian Airlines comped the airplane tickets and Maui County paid for the rental costs of War Memorial Stadium. The lunch was donated. That left UH with the expense of a bus. (The Warriors arrived and departed at staggered times.)
The Warriors actually turned a profit. On Friday night, head coach Norm Chow was the featured guest at a dinner that raised $16,000 for the Warriors.
A further benefit could be realized if some of the football prospects who attended the practice decide to join the Warriors.
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With LG Chauncy Winchester-Makainai and RT Levi Legay recovering from ailments, the Warriors have been fielding the youngest No. 1 offensive line in recent memory: A true freshman (center Ben Clarke), two second-year freshmen (LT Blake Muir, LG Ben Dew), and two sophomores (RG David Lefotu, RT Jordan Loeffler or Sean Shigematsu).
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Three recent moves:
• Wide receiver Charles Clay played well enough during special-teams drills to draw attention from defensive coordinator Thom Kaumeyer. Clay was moved to safety. The thinking was: If Clay can make open-field tackles on the coverage units, he could play defense. Clay’s speed is beneficial in other areas. Yesterday, he knocked down a pass on a safety blitz.
• Chinedu Amadi’s initial UH season was short-circuited because of a shoulder injury. This spring, he moved from slotback to running back. But with most of the reps going to Joey Iosefa, John Lister and Will Gregory, Amadi has moved to wideout.
• At 6-5 and about 260 pounds, Craig Cofer was considered to be a natural fit as a blocking tight end after he was moved from defensive end. He was on the move again yesterday, to the motion tight end, where he also can align in the slot, wide or the backfield. He dropped a couple of passes yesterday, but he has been sure-handed most of spring training.
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Here’s an item which I don’t think made it into today’s online edition:
On Friday, Ceejay Santos took his last exam at Weber State.
On Saturday, Santos took his first step toward becoming a Hawaii football kicker.
Santos, who arrived on Maui at 7 a.m. Saturday, was able to attend the Warriors’ practice at War Memorial Stadium.
Santos intends to join the Warriors as a walk-on kicker this summer.
“That’s the plan,” Santos said.
Santos is a 2011 Baldwin High graduate. He was Weber State’s kickoff specialist last year, averaging 63.0 yards. By comparison, the Warriors averaged 56.5 yards per kickoff in 2011.
Santos will have to redshirt this coming season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules. But he doesn’t mind the way.
“I’m glad I got to see them practice,” Santos said.
Jordan Hoiem also had circled the date of the Warriors’ first practice on Maui in three years. Hoiem is a Baldwin High sophomore. He also is a 6-foot-4 linebacker who received a scholarship offer from the Warriors a couple of weeks ago.
“I was shocked when they offered,” Hoiem said. “It’s kind of motivational.”
Hoiem has not decided on his college destination, but he did offer this: “Everyone in Hawaii loves UH. It’s our team.”