Rain or shine — and it was pouring on the Koolau last night — the Rainbow Warriors will stage their first scrimmage of training camp today.
Scripts call for the first and seconds teams to each have five drives of between eight and 10 plays. There will be a five-minute session for players who are lower on the depth chart.
For the first and second teams, two of the drives will start on the offense’s 35, one on the 50, and two in the red zone.
Head coach Norm Chow said the intent is to perform the plays correctly, of course, but also at a fast pace. Last year, the Warriors averaged 69.8 offensive plays per game. The high was 93 (47 rushes, 46 passes) when they went to the no-huddle in a road game against Colorado State. The presumption is more plays means more scoring opportunities.
There are two interesting additions to the first-team offense: Frank Loyd at right tackle and Clark Evans at tight end. Evans is sure-handed, and his presence means the three-receiver sets really give quarterback Taylor Graham at least four options.
The Warriors also have a one-hour afternoon practice devoted specifically for special teams.
The entertainment is only beginning. The rookie talent show is tonight.