The Warriors today had a modified situational scrimmage during the final spring practice before spring break. The Warriors set up plays for third-and-7 and second-and-12 situations, and so forth.
• The offensive line had its ups and downs. At one point, head coach Greg McMackin decided to coach the line, emphasizing an aggressive “punch” — the thrust block — during passing drills.
• Billy Ray Stutzmann and Corey Paclebar were the No. 1 slots again, with slotback Allen Sampson practicing at left wideout. Sampson said he is trying to gain weight and strength while learning to play the outside in addition to his slot duties. He said it has been difficult to maintain the weight with all of the running the receivers do in practice.
• Except for right wideout Royce Pollard, the three other receiver positions are open — and will remain that way through the first couple of weeks of training camp in August. The coaches want to give some of the newcomers a look, as well as give Miah Ostrowski a shot.
• With John Hardy-Tuliau playing well at right corner, it appears that Kamalani Alo has emerged as the No. 1 quarter (nickelback).
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Today’s football practice is important for the Warriors, who have one last chance to make an impression before spring break. During the one-week hiatus, evaluations will be made, and the depth chart will be adjusted.
UH also will conduct auditions for two more walk-on kickers today. The Warriors have three kickers on the spring roster — Tyler Hadden, Kyle Niiro and Kenton Chun — and at least one more will join this summer.
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Happy birthday to the Upper Campus “athletic director” Carl Furutani.