Head coach Greg McMackin promised that spring training, which begins March 31 will have “contact right off the bat.”
McMackin said he wants to emphasize more physical practices to prepare the Warriors for aggressive run-oriented opponents.
McMackin also said:
• The Warriors will have four scrimmages during spring training.
• The Warrior Bowl will be held April 30 on the UH campus.
• Every practice will end with an overtime-like drill emphasize situations like fourth-and-2, etc.
• Clayton Laurel, who was projected to be the No. 2 left tackle, suffered a broken wrist that will require a rehabilitation period of between six and eight weeks. Chauncy Winchester-Makainai, who was projected to play left guard, will move to left tackle.
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As promised, there is open competition at every football position. But for organizational purposes, there are “starting points” (the order of reps). Here are the projected “starting points” for the opening of spring practice (March 31).
Left wideout: Joe Avery, Darius Bright.
Left slotback: Greg Salas, Dustin Blount.
Left tackle: Austin Hansen, Chauncy Winchester-Makainai.
Left guard: Brett Leonard, Andrew Faaumu.
Center: Matagisila Lefiiti, London Sapolu/Bronson Tiwanak.
Right guard: Adrian Thomas, Brysen Ginlack.
Right tackle: Laupepa Letuli, Kainoa LaCount.
Right slotback: Kealoha Pilares, Ryan Henry.
Right wideout: Royce Pollard, Billy Ray Stutzmann.
Quarterback: Bryant Moniz, Shane Austin, Brent Rausch
Running back: Alex Green, Chizzy Dimude.
Of course, when he is fully recovered, Rodney Bradley should be the No. 1 left wideout. UH also is awaiting for word on Laupepa Letuli’s appeal for a medical hardship that will allow him to play as a sixth-year senior in 2010.
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From Doris Sullivan:
Members of the University of Hawaii football coaching staff will golf with the highest bidder at the Howard K. Oda/PIAA Benefit Golf Tournament on May 11 at Waikele Country Club.
Bid now to golf with Coach Mack, Gordie Shaw, Rich Miano, Chris Tormey, Inoke Funaki, Rolo and Brian Smith. email your bid to firstname.lastname@example.org Bidding starts at $160 – can be split among team members. You must be registered individually or as a team to place your bid, so send in your registration form now. Information, rules and registration form available at www.pacificathleticalliance.com
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At least the current UH basketball assistants will be paid through June 30. The Boise State assistants, who were let go as parting of the coaching change, will draw paycheck only through next week.