It’s too bad the New York Jets released Kenny Patton, who is a talented and athletic cornerback. But UH fans can meet with Patton this weekend. Patton and Leonard Peters, now with the Chicago Bears, will be guest instructors at the Hawai‘i Speed and Quickness clinic Saturday in Klum Gym. The session runs from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. For details, go to hawaiispeedandquickness.com
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Tight end Jeremy Stevens of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers worked out at UH’s grass practice field today. Stevens and UH defensive line coach Ikaika Malloe are good friends. Because it was an unsupervised workout, Malloe dropped off Stevens but wasn’t allowed to stay.
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Ryan Henry has made a strong first impression, displaying quickness and sure hands during yesterday’s unsupervised workouts. Henry, a junior-college transfer, is competing at slotback. During workouts, he joins two other transfers — Mike Tinoco and Craig Bell. A fourth transfer, Jovonte Taylor, reports to training camp next month.
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Leadership has many definitions. Adam Leonard, a senior, shows his leadership by bringing the water. No wonder so many players respect him.
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Quarterback Greg Alexander is fitting in, participating in yesterday’s drills in bare feet. I’m not sure what Inoke Funaki is doing in the background.
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Kawika Fuga, a former Leilehua High middle linebacker, has been working out with the fellas. This is a pretty good T-shirt:
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Know that little voice in the back of your head? For those who cover UH football, that voice belonged to Dara Young, who was a member of the stat crew. Her knowledge of football is vast, her commitment deep. She once got married in the morning, then kept stats that night. Here’s Dara:
Football is like air to me – which is why I suffocate between February and August. My wonderful father, bless his heart, probably thought his eldest was going to be a boy. But, he still watched sports in my presence, and I asked him a million questions about sports. As a 4-year-old, my favorite players were Alex Kaloi and (gasp!) O.J. Simpson! I LOVED Joe Moore as the KGMB sports anchor, and even asked for Joe’s autographed photo for my 5th birthday. I got my wish, by the way.
Remember those Troll Book orders in elementary school? Well, I ordered all the sports ones: “Ten Great NFL Quarterbacks,” and the list goes on. Dan Fouts, Ken Stabler, Tony Dorsett, Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris….they were all in the books I ordered. Then when I was 8, I got another gridiron thrill: my dad took me to the first NFL Pro Bowl in Hawaii!
As an Eastside rat who went to Kaiser, Scott Chan was my P.E. and health teacher. I had heard he was a pretty darn good player in the 1970s; he was a great teacher too. I dragged my girlfriend (a football hater) to the Kaiser games…then when we moved on to UH-Manoa, I somehow persuaded her to buy Super Rooter tickets with me. She was a quite a trooper and even stood in the rain with me and watched Jason Elam and the Rainbows beat Iowa!!! Think the rain did her in, because after that, I was on my own with UH football.
I got lucky and ended up working part-time in the UH Athletic Department first at the business office, then at the SID Office with Eddie Inouye, Thomas Yoshida, Lois Manin and Markus Owens. Great, great people – and UH still has fabulous people in that Athletic Department. I was a shy, quiet student who tried to soak up all I could under the “seasoned” students: The Advertiser’s own Dayton Morinaga and Henry Yamamoto, who served as the Wahine Volleyball P.A. during the Klum Days. After that, I became a UH Athletic Department barnacle – they just couldn’t get rid of me.
In between my job at the best hotel in Hawaii, I get to enjoy each UH home football game in person – sitting right behind Mr. Tsai, our beloved blog host. I’m lucky to be part of a great stats team who’s seen the lows and the highs. One of the most memorable games has to be the UH double overtime win over Fresno State in 1999…what a thriller!
And then there was 2007. What a season, what a finish. I just had to be there to join the Hawaii contingent in New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl because it was one of the few opportunities I had to scream my head off (can’t do that during the games in the press box) for the Warriors. Following the Sugar Bowl and the administrative changes, I decided it was time to step it up and really put my money by my mouth and support the program. On the day that Coach Mack was named head coach, I sat there watching the press conference putting down my deposit for 2 season tickets. Although I won’t be sitting in those seats, I’ll still be screaming loudly…to myself.
I will now go back to lurking…GO WARRIORS
Here’s Dara as the Warrior:
And here’s what our shy Dara sounds like during a football game: