Some newcomers have been making an impression during UH football training camp:
• John Hardy-Tuliau — He’s having a breakout camp, especially on special teams. His future is at cornerback. He was getting a lot work there in the week that Lameterius Davis was held out while awaiting medical clearance.
• Allen Sampson — Easily one of the quickest on the team, he’s starting to pick up the offense. Might be difficult to get playing time at slotback, but he could contribute as a kick returner. His call whether he redshirts or tries to play.
• Kamalu Umu — Technically, he’s not really a newcomer because he redshirted last fall after transferring from Charleston Southern. (Or, technically, maybe he is a newcomer.) He’s been holding down the No. 1 spot at defensive right end. Considered a good pass-rusher, he has developed into an efficient run-defender, too.
• Darryl McBride — There’s a lot to like about safety McBride, such as: 1) he has good size (6-2, 200) and quickness; 2) he loves to hit; 3) despite impressive JC credentials, he didn’t mind entering the program as a walk-on; 4) after every practice, he sticks around to work on footwork.
• Darius Bright — Sure, he’s a threat at wideout, but his impact has been on special teams. In the new no-wedge era, athletic players are valuable.
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I have not seen Brian Kajiyama at any of the training-camp practices. A UH official said he might have completed his studies and is no longer an official member of the program. Not sure if that’s the case, but it seems different without him. Good guy, great family. (I’ve known him since my eldest daughter and his twin sisters were Brownies.)
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