This spring training was marked by injuries to key players. What happens when they return?
• Linebacker Corey Paredes, who was the Warriors’ leading tackler in 2010, has served as a player-coach while recovering from shoulder surgery. For depth chart purposes, Art Laurel has been his replacement. Scheme wise, with the creation of the elephant position (rush end/linebacker combo), Laurel will remain in the lineup in most packages. Meanwhile, Paredes, a co-captain, will return as an every-down linebacker, playing mostly in the middle. “We think Corey and George (Daily-Lyles) will make a good one-two punch there,” defensive coordinator Dave Aranda said. Paredes also will be used as a weak-side linebacker.
• A torn ACL derailed Jordan Gomes’ chances of competing for a starting safety’s job opposite Richard Torres this spring. Gomes and Brandon Leslie, who transfers in this summer, will get opportunities this summer, although Kenny Estes has a significant head start.
• Liko Satele, who is out with a forearm injury, did enough last season and the first two weeks of spring training to earn a spot at defensive end in the rotation. With the use of the elephant and the development of Beau Yap, Desmond Dean and Marcus Malepeai, the Warriors will rotate a lot of players at that position.
• Quarterback Kevin Spain was told it takes eight months of rehabilitation to fully recover from the type of shoulder surgery he underwent. That timetable expires this week. Spain got his first work in full-speed drills yesterday, completing three of four passes. But exiting spring training, the QB depth chart still should be: Bryant Moniz, Shane Austin, David Graves, Cayman Shutter, Corey Nielsen/Spain.
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From wideout Jett Jasper:
Could you please mention on your blog about this Saturday’s Relay for Life – American Cancer Society Event held at UH Manoa. I am Captain for the “Official UH Football” team. There are 16 of us who are volunteering to raise money for this important cause. I lost my Grandmother to Brain Cancer 9 years ago and Vaughn lost his Mom to Breast Cancer 4 years ago, so this is very personal to us.
Here is the direct link to the Team’s Page.: main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=team&fr_id=31911&team_id=933594
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Happy 28th birthday to the wonderful Dr. Elizabeth Ignacio, who has the powers of saving lives, playing music and, best of all, speed-shopping on football road trips.
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And a happy birthday to our merry Monarch, (Jesse) James.