Darius Bright is 6 feet 4 and Allen Sampson is about 5-6, but they share the same position, which really is two positions, slotback and wideout. This spring practice, which opens March 9, most of the UH receivers will practice at both positions.
Call it the Salas Effect, in tribute to former Warrior Greg Salas, who started his UH career as a wideout and finished as a slotback. Following the 2008 season, Greg McMackin’s first as UH head coach, it was decided that Salas could be a wideout who could motion into the slot in certain situations to create mismatches. But Rodney Bradley’s emergence at left wideout turned the experiment into a permanent move to slotback for Salas.
Now the Warriors are ready to go back to that original premise in which receivers are receivers, and versatile enough to play wideout, slotback or somewhere in between. The tactic creates more options, makes it easier to find injury replacements and, overall, makes for a more well-rounded receiver. Bright’s size and Sampson’s speed make them the best candidates for this new arrangement. It apparently has post-UH possibilities, too. During Senior Bowl practices, Salas was used as both an inside receiver and wideout.
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The timing was just off in announcing that the Warriors will play a home-and-home series against Navy, with a game there in 2013 and one here in 2015.
Everybody uses future road trips as a sales pitch in recruiting. Maybe it would have been a boost for the Warriors to tell recruits they have a chance to travel to the East Coast.
We know that UH treats most road games as “business trips.” But as an institution of higher learning, it also would be nice if some of the trips had educational value. Sign with UH, see the country. The Warriors certainly have played at diverse locations the past few years.
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