Yep, here’s a shot of Leila’s back. (The Princess returned today.)
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Inoke Funaki strikes a pose.
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UH’s version of the Quarterback Challenge started with handshake greetings yesterday afternoon.
“It’s good,” Inoke Funaki said of the arrival of JC transfers Greg Alexander and Brent Rausch. “There’s strength in numbers.”
Funaki and Tyler Graunke exited spring practice as the co-No. 1 quarterbacks. Coach Greg McMackin promised to open the competition in training camp, with a starter expected to be named at least a week before the season opener against Florida.
The open competition was ” a big factor in me wanting to come here,” Alexander said.
Alexander was recruited after Rausch gave UH his verbal commitment. “There’s going to be competition everywhere you go,” Rausch said. “I don’t mind it.”
Rausch said he received a late recruiting push from Southern Methodist, where June Jones and four assistants relocated.
“They gave me a call the day before I signed here,” Rausch said. “I didn’t even call them back.”
Rausch said he chose UH because of “the offense. The people out here are really nice. It’s paradise.”
Alexander said he has been a fan of the Warriors’ four-wide offense.
“I watched them sling it around (on TV),” he said.
Funaki, who led the unsupervised workouts yesterday, was impressed with the newcomer quarterbacks.
“They have something you can’t teach: height,” Funaki said. Raush is listed at 6 feet 4 and 190 pounds, and Alexander is listed at 6-5 and 240.
“When I first saw him, I wanted to know: Who’s the d-end?” Funaki said of Alexander. Quarterback coach Nick Rolovich “said, ‘This is Greg. A quarterback.’ He’s a big boy.”
Rausch and Alexander kept busy working out with their JC teams this past spring.
“I was lifting and throwing,” Rausch said.
Alexander said: “I would lift three days a week, run three days a week.”
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Quarterback Shane Austin, who has recovered from a fracture in his right foot, and receivers Joe Avery and Royce Pollard worked out yesterday morning.
The three roommates are living on the North Shore this summer.
“They have to drive in every day,” Funaki said, smiling.
Funaki should know. He was raised on the North Shore, and used to make the same drive for two years. He now shares a place with teammates in Manoa.
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Linebackers Adam Leonard and Solomon Elimimian will represent UH at the WAC Football Media Preview in Salt Lake City July 22-24.
Leonard, Elimimian. Photo is courtesy of Chris Fetters. Check out his Web site: dawgman.com.
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Bob Coolen said he expects to award the 2007 WAC championship bracelets during a women’s volleyball match this fall. He said everyone from that team except Justine Smethurst (who is pitching for Australia’s Olympic team) will be in town. Coolen said he wants the donors to be thanked in a visible setting, which is why he will not distribute the bracelets during the summer. He wanted to distribute them during the WAC Tournament, but UH was eliminated in the semifinals. As we all know, Pomai spearheaded the fundraising drive for the bracelets. Big mahalo to Pomai and the other donors.
That’s our Pomai on the left. And that’s our RainbowCliff on the right. I swear RainbowCliff can dribble a basketball with his hand in a shaka sign.
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Here’s a pix of our super sales person Kortney, the groom and their daughter. They’re expecting their second child in September. How much of a sports fan is Kortney? The honeymoon in Vegas included tickets to the UFC card.