Weak-side linebacker Art Laurel has a sprained ACL and his availability for Saturday’s homecoming game is in question.
The diagnosis, though, is better than initially feared after he suffered the injury in the first half against San Diego State.
If Laurel can’t play, Kendrick Van Ackeren would get the start.
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It was an annual ritual.
The blog host would grumble about the lack of football players inducted into UH’s Circle of Honor.
JD the AD would grumble about about the blog host’s grumbling.
The blog host would point out that Niko Noga was the greatest UH football player he’d ever watched. Noga would line up anywhere on the defensive line. He powered past blocks. He blocked kicks. People of a certain generation can’t forget the opening scene of the Dick Tomey Show, where Noga is running without a shirt. And his skin doesn’t move.
Al Noga was an All-America lineman — AP first team — who once knocked out two New Mexico players on the same play. Guess which team UH plays for homecoming this week?
Rich Miano, Garrett Gabriel, Michael Carter, Ashley Lelie, Vince Manuwai, Tim Chang, Chad Owens, the 12-0 2007 team …
Last year, JD the AD said he was tired of the grumbling (although he didn’t say “grumbling”). He said the blog host would be on the Circle committee. The blog host wanted witnesses. Media relations director Derek Inouchi and administrative assistant Jeannie Lee were drafted as witnesses to the promised appointment.
And then … nothing.
Well, I suppose, there were a few other side distractions the past few months.
This year, the committee did choose three very deserving former athletes, although none was a football player. Based on criteria, they did a thorough job.
The blog host, who apparently speaks in the third person, realizes the pointlessness of fighting windmills, that luncheons and plaques are not needed to define greatness or immortalize memories. Niko Noga will always be the best UH football player he’s ever seen. Garrett Gabriel did provide statewide chicken-skin moments when he led victories over BYU — twice — when that series mattered. Carter on the option was art, especially when it was revealed he played an entire season with a cracked rib. Lelie’s catch against Fresno State. Colt Brennan’s touchdown against San Jose State. Owen’s returns against BYU.
As UH begins homecoming week, who are some of your favorite Warriors?
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Happy birthday to Kaliko Lee.