Here are some football notes to go along with your favorite Sunday newspaper:
• Last year, in response to penalties for dislodged helmets, head coach Norm Chow implemented a rule discouraging long hair. Alas, there is a loophole — Lew-hole? — with what is regarded as the Lew Law. It spawned from defensive line coach Lewis Powell’s beard, which would be the envy of even a Duck Dynasty. The Rainbow Warriors will be allowed neatly maintained facial hair. The “neatly maintained” part begins after training camp ends. In these austere times, there aren’t enough razors to go around in camp.
• Amazing play: During yesterday’s scrimmage, defensive tackle Kennedy Tulimasealii soared to knock down Taylor Graham’s pass while being hit in the opu by right guard Kody Afusia. In a continuous motion, Tulimaseali did a somersault and sprang to his feet. Tulimasealii weighs 290 pounds.
• Amazing play, part II: Wide receiver Marcus Kemp sprinted along the sideline and then made a leaping catch against a cornerback’s static-cling coverage. During the route, Kemp’s right heel slipped from his cleats. He ran with a shoe half-off.
• Frank Loyd Jr. showed enough in the scrimmage to earn a renewal at right tackle.
• For now, Clark Evans is the No. 1 tight end …
• … But look for the Warriors to employ more four-receiver sets this week.
• Running back Steven Lakalaka rushed 23 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns in the scrimmage.
• Cornerback Barry Higdon played in the scrimmage despite a sprained ankle. He admitted the injury to the coaches afterward.
• There appears to be a reason why the players had difficulty with their grip while scrimmaging in the rain yesterday. There were only two game footballs available. There were four fumbles, three errants snaps, and several slip-from-the-grip passes.
• As of today, safety Kawika Borden is the No. 1 long-snapper on punts …
• … And Brodie Nakama is the No. 1 short-snapper on field-goal attempts and PATs.
• The rookie talent show, scheduled for last night, was postponed. Instead, there was a movie night, which featured an ice-cream bar. Assistant coach Phil Rauscher, strength coach Gary Beemer, executive assistant Lacey Lavarias, and do-everything Brad Jones served as servers.
• Quarterback Aaron Zwahlen is serving a church mission in Baltimore. Running back/receiver John Ursua is on a mission in Paris. Offensive lineman Gus Lavaka just left on a mission, a year after initially scheduled.
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