Earlier this year, the Warriors received grief for capping the number of defensive tackles they would pursue in recruiting.
But the Warriors had a two-fold strategy:
• They did not want to overload at a position. (Remember in 2005, when the Warriors had eight nose tackles, and a guy like Lawrence Wilson didn’t get to play?)
• They already have some players in the system. Haku Correa has emerged as rotation guy, and transfers Kaniela Tuipulotu and Josh Manapuna are expected to play extensively. A sleeper is David Hafoka, who missed all of last season because of a herniated disk. He underwent surgery, and now is physically fit to play. Hafoka gives the Warriors another hold-the-point defender.
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It appears rest is a preferred — and effective — treatment for the Warriors. Safety Kenny Estes, who opted not to undergo surgery on an injured right shoulder, expects to be ready for the start of training camp.
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Former Saint Louis AD Ulima Afoa will be an assistant coach with Pac-Five this year.