During afternoon summer workouts, it is “definitely in the 90s,” according to backup quarterback Kevin Spain.
Those are indeed promising conditions.
The number reflects the health percentage of Spain’s surgically repaired right shoulder. He did not play as a freshman in 2010 after suffering the injury during the summer. He will receive a medical hardship, and have four years to play four seasons.
“I’m getting to the point where I can lift more weights,” Spain said. “I was so weak before. I couldn’t lift enough to get any improvements. It was just stagnant type of stuff.”
Spain believes the injury was a culmination of playing safety in high school, lifting excessively and the “wear and tear” of throwing passes.
“When I came out here, I started lifting a bunch, doing hang snatch (lifts),” he said. “That’s when I think I really tore it. I was doing that and throwing a lot. That killed me a little bit.”
He underwent what he termed an intensive rehabilitation.
He gradually increased his workload during spring training, and threw during pass-route drills (against no defenders). But he did not take a snap during the Warrior Bowl.
“I don’t want to say it was 50 percent (back then), but I threw a little more in the spring than I should have,” Spain said.
This summer, he has participated in the full conditioning program. In addition, he throws the half-ball — a football in which one end is flat, enabling the passer to play catch with himself by throwing the ball against a wall.
He also takes reps in unsupervised passing drills.
He expects to be ready for the start of training camp, which opens in a little more than two weeks.
“I just want to play football again,” Spain said. “I feel I’ve been a student for a year. This was the first year without football in my life.”
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Thanks you to djmitcho for providing us with photos of former Warriors Laupepa Letuli, Melila Purcell III and Ray Hisatake from last night’s AFL game between Spokane and San Jose.
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Interesting story on former UH running back Alex Green: Green story.
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UH football season tickets go on sale tomorrow: Football sales.
Unfortunately, the story does not list the cost of the premium fee. (Sort of like the sticker price not mentioning the extras.) Still, they are very reasonably priced.