• For his birthday, defensive back Steven Christian is undergoing hip surgery. He said plans for a pre-birthday celebration were derailed because he was required to fast for at least 12 hours. Christian is a pre-med major. He will earn his bachelor’s degree in May, and will decide whether to continue his football career (here or on the Mainland) or apply for medical school.
• The Warriors hope to expand the rotation on defense. Art Laurel, despite a variety of ailments, has played every snap of every game the past two weeks. Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda said T.J. Taimatuia is ready to provide relief. At middle linebacker, Corey Paredes has played extensively despite ailments. His immediate replacement, George Daily-Lyles, has not practiced this week because of headaches. That might mean more playing time for Jordan Monico.
• Backup linebacker Darryl McBride has emerged as an effective pass-rusher. Aranda indicated it is efficient to use certain players in specific situations.
• Word on the boulevard is offensive lineman Ben Clarke, who is enrolled as a part-time student this semester, is highly regarded among the coaching staff. Clarke projects to be center.
• Ellis Henderson, who underwent offseason surgery, is indeed enrolled as a part-time student at UH. He joins the Warriors in January.
• Linebacker Tyler Gray, meanwhile, remains in California this semester, where he is training. He attended the UH game in San Jose three weeks ago.
• Slotback Chinedu Amadi has made significant progress from the subluxed shoulder he suffered in training camp. Amadi had undergone surgery, and will be ready for the start of the offseason conditioning program in January.
• A-House’s rock garden continues to draw praise. Offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich, in particular, said the rock garden, located between the athletic complex and Stan Sheriff Center, has made a difference in the Lower Campus’ appearance.
• It should be interesting whether the new light posts will be installed for the start of the Rainbow Wahine softball season in February. The lighting system has never been changed since Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium opened. This time, the plan is to use longer posts to provide better lighting. Engineers have done preliminary testing — yep, that’s a water pipe down there — to determine how deep the poles can be set.
• Nice to see some members of the women’s sand volleyball team training. That’s Elizabeth Ka‘aihue running on the UH track every morning.
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Happy birthday to the wonderful Sweety (DPK’s better half).