• “Colt” is alive and well in Manoa. When asked about running the “pistol” offense — in which the lone back is aligned directly behind the quarterback — assistant coach Mouse Davis said the Warriors were, in fact, running the “Colt” offense. Huh? Turns out that in UH’s version, according to Davis, the alignment is referred to as “Colt.”
• The Warriors have run the scheme as far back as 2007, when Leon Wright-Jackson and Daniel Libre rotated as the lone back. Alex Green, UH’s starting running back, said the scheme is effective because it gives the back the more choices in where to run. Another benefit is the back gets a moving start in blocking a pass-rusher.
• With left wideout Rodney Bradley sitting out yesterday’s practice, Darius Bright took a significant number of reps during 7-on-7 drills. Don’t read too much into the distribution. Bradley will resume practicing tomorrow — the Warriors do not work out today — and the use-if-needed plan remains in place for Bright. Bright will be included on the travel squad for the two-week trip to New York-Las Vegas-Boulder, but will be held out to maintain his redshirt options.
• Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda was admittedly disappointed in the Warriors’ problems with alignments and techniques in the loss to USC. But Aranda said the breakdowns are correctable.
• Shane Austin should be applauded for his impressive performance, especially because he took mostly “mental reps” in the nearly three weeks leading to the opener. But upon further review, Brent Rausch also did a good job. He made some nice throws, even when he absorbed some hits. It’s a nice situation for the Warriors to have at least three game-ready quarterbacks. And fourth-string quarterback David Graves will be playing this season, too.
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