At first, it seemed like an ill-timed break. After five weeks of training, a second-week bye was too soon, particularly after an opening loss on the road.
But the Warriors have managed to make the most of the extra time, giving second looks to such players as:
• Chinedu Amadi, who practiced as a slotback yesterday. Since conquering a shoulder injury that forced him to redshirt last season, Amadi has practiced at running back, wideout and kick returner.
• Benny Fonua, who was one of the prizes of the 2012 recruiting class. He did not play in opener — keeping open the possibility of redshirting — but he has received a lot of reps this week.
• Ben Dew, an offensive lineman who was displaced at left guard when Kapua Sai and Mike Milovale joined this summer. Dew received some work at left tackle this week.
• Sterling Jackson, who did not play against USC. Jackson gives the Warriors another multi-purpose back who is a threat on the perimeter and between the tackles.
• Cayman Shutter, who will be given a chance to compete for the quarterback rotation once his suspension is lifted.
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Billy Ray Stutzmann underwent surgery yesterday morning, then went to UH in the afternoon to meet with coaches and teammates. His father offers this picture:
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GA Inoke Funaki was at Costco last night picking up bagels and nuts. Na Koa paid for the goodies, which meant you guys contributed to feeding the student-athletes. He picked up 68 bags of bagels. There are six bagels per bag and, well, bon appetit.