Tomorrow’s football scrimmage in Hilo probably will not be any different than the situational-like plays the Warriors run in the final period of recent spring practices. Players won’t be allowed to go to the ground; quarterbacks, as always, will not be touched. Everybody will play.
But the scrimmage/practice is significant, and not just because it provides an opportunity for the Warriors to wade into another fan base.
The Warriors are trying to shape depth charts and figure out which on-the-bubble players will remain. Up to 30 recruits and invited walk-ons will be joining the Warriors this summer. The Warriors appear to have established No. 1 units on offense and defense, but they have purposely avoided making final declarations because they are awaiting the arrival of receivers Chris Gant and Promise Amadi, linebacker Brenden Daley, cornerback Mike Edwards and safety Brandon Leslie.
The sand is running out. After tomorrow’s Hilo trip, the Warriors have two “teaching” sessions remaining — practices Monday and Wednesday. The Warrior Bowl is next Friday. The April 18 practice, which had been rescheduled because of last month’s tsunami threat, will focus only on special teams.
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As HiloBilly reminds us, Kamehameha’s Big Island campus is one of the state’s most beautiful:
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The NFL draft is 20 days away. As BayAreaWarrior and others have pointed out, Mel Kiper Jr. predicts running back Alex Green and receiver Greg Salas to go in the third round — Green to the St. Louis Rams, Salas to the Kansas City Chiefs. Tod McShay has Salas as the Chicago Bears’ third-round pick.