Cory Daniel, a Castle High graduate and one-time MMA competitor, is expected to join the Warriors as a walk-on this summer. Daniel is a big-time hitter. He’s also good friends with Blaze Soares, which shows his toughness.
Big thanks to BigWave for the head’s up.
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In a preview for Saturday’s Warrior Bowl, the Mauka and Makai teams competed in heated — and vocal — 2-minute drills.
Shane Austin threw well for the Mauka, capping a drive with a ricocheted pass that he caught. Hey, he was open.
The only scoring came on a 70-yard psss from Makai’s Brent Rausch to wideout Malcolm Lane.
• Mauka center John Estes disputed two of Makai’s sacks, claiming they were “fly-bys” — the equivalent of phantom tags in baseball.
• Junior Lopati attended today’s practice.
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Today was the final practice of spring training — the Warrior Bowl is Saturday — which means it was the last shot for players on the bubble to make a case for staying on the roster. Greg McMackin has acknowledged he will have to cut about 20 players.
McMackin has said the decisions won’t be easy because they involve players’ dreams.
He’s right. Take a walk-on from the Mainland, for example. He enrolls at UH, pays for his school and living expenses, and goes through months of training. What to do after being cut? As any parent knows about filling out financial aid forms — leave aside at least 40 minutes and bring every document from your entire life, we’re advised —it’s no easy thing seeking a college. And the clock starts ticking on that loan.
Then again, as they always say, playing football is a privilege.