The Warriors completed their first practice of training camp. I apologize — AGAIN! — for the system crash. Here are some notes:
• Defensive end Francis Maka said he will not play for the Warriors this season. He said his application for a sixth year was not approved. Instead, he will serve as a student assistant. He is scheduled to earn a bachelor’s degree in December.
• Defensive lineman Geordon Hanohano said he expects to be cleared to practice tomorrow.
• Receivers Jovonte Taylor and Dustin Blount are attending summer sessions on the Mainland.
• As expected Inoke Funaki, Greg Alexander and Brent Rausch took the most reps at quarterback. Tyler Graunke is being withheld from team activities until he resolves an academic issue.
• For now, Mana Silva and Keao Monteilh are the No. 1 safeties.
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Inoke Funaki is at the center of an onfield news conference:
Greg Alexander had an exhausting first practice:
Here’s the kicking team: Punter Tim Grasso, and placekickers Dan “The Iceman” Kelly and Brett “Thunder Thighs” Symonds.
Here’s linebacker Tyson Kafentzis sporting the new Under Armour practice jersey:
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Here’s the infamous sign:
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Colt Brennan said one of the most gratifying things about his breakout pro debut — 9 of 10 passing for 123 yards and two touchdowns — was that Hawai‘i viewers were able to watch the telecast.
He said he was so focused on football the past two weeks that “I didn’t even know the game was on NBC. … It’s nice to hear the people on the island got a chance to see it. That makes it even more special.”
On his big day:
“I’ve had bad luck throughout this whole draft process, trying to get into this league, and I think — I don’t know if it was karma or what — but I had a lot of things fall into place.”
On his success:
“Everything kind of developed. Whenever we called plays to go up top, (the Colts) kind of ran the coverages we needed them to run. I was happy to be able to go out there and have fun, and have success doing it.”
On feeling comfortable:
“The one that really set the tone was my first third-down pass, when I threw that corner route. Right after that, I remember all of the butterflies were gone. ‘This is something I know how to do.’ I just went out and had fun.”
On threading the pass that drew praise from John Madden:
“It was one of those things where I knew from pre-snap what the coverage was going to be. I was torn between what I wanted to do. I ended up looking to the outside receiver to see if anything opened up. I was going to come back inside. I saw him flash open. I know in that defense there’s kind of a middle linebacker dropping off in coverage. As I went to throw it, at the last second, I saw him, and I remember trying to put the ball up high and away from him as possible, and try to get it in as fast as possible at the same time. Really, I just got lucky on that play.”
On the aftermath of that last TD pass:
“I’ve had kind of a tight hamstring this last week. We’ve gone 14 days straight of practice. I kind of landed on my butt on that last play. It (hurt) my hamstring and butt a little bit. It wasn’t anything serious. but it was one of those things that was ‘ow.'”
On his first game:
“The coolest thing, what I’ll never forget, when I went in, I got a huge ovation by the crowd. Even before we started play. a lot of people were standing up and clapping. There was kind of this roar that got started when I went on the field, like people were really excited to see me play. I remember when that happened, I was really excited to play. I was praying to have a good start to my career. Thank God it just worked out for me.”
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Greg McMackin plans to skip Thursday’s practice to testify against proposed budget cuts that might eliminate junior-varsity sports. McMackin is scheduled to speak at the Board of Education meeting, which begins at 3:30 p.m. at Waipahu Intermediate School. The Warriors are set to practice at 4 p.m.