just before meeting with the Warrior football team yesterday morning, it was decided Dick Tomey needed to make a change. Out went his Nike shoes, replaced by school-sponsored UnderArmour shoes.
Tomey’s hiring as special teams coordinator also will lead to other changes, such as:
• While the Warriors will keep the “shield protection” for punts, there will be no directional kicks.
• Punter Alex Dunnachie will be used for kickoffs.
• The Warriors will be more aggressive in going f or blocks.
• More of the roster will be used on special teams. Alema Tachibana and Kamalani Alo should become kick-coverage stars.
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Kealoha Pilares completed his rehabilitation for a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament suffered in the Hawaii Bowl, and now is training in Arizona. Pilares, running back Alex Green and receiver Greg Salas are preparing for the NFL Scouting Combine in a little more than a week.