Rich and Lori Miano are proud parents of a baby girl. Siena Leolani Miano was born yesterday morning. She’s 20 inches and weighs 7 pounds, 9 ounces. No report yet on her 40 time. Congrats to the Mianos.
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There are many keys to Boise State’s success.
Talented players. Innovative schemes. A blue home jersey that is a 5-point match to the Bronco Stadium blue turf.
But the Broncos’ unified response is their 100-percent attendance during unsupervised workouts.
It is a number that often is a technicality, like the New York Knicks’ home “sellouts,” and it also is a comparison, when held up to UH’s participation, that is like apples and mangos.
The purpose of the offseason is to get into — and then stay in — shape. For UH, the fitness program is covered in a day-by-day schedule each player receives in May. While 7-on-7 drills are fine, running routes in tank tops and basketball shorts do not simulate game conditions.
It also should be reminded that Hawai‘i is not Boise. Just look at the apartment rental ads in the Idaho Statesman newspaper.
UH players receive enough money for summer school, but not much else. Even star players, like Seattle-raised linebacker Adam Leonard, need to find ways to pay the rent.
That is why those who can’t make all of the unsupervised workouts should not be judged too harshly, and those who can should be praised.
And there also should be some empathy for some Mainland players who choose to go home for a few weeks. Some haven’t been home in 11 months.
The best news, for UH fans, is the players’ commitment to learning the plays. Wideout Royce Pollard, who is not on scholarship, checks out football videos every day. The video system files plays by category. Pollard will check out videos of all of the slant routes, for instance, study them, then work on those routes during the 7-on-7 drills.
Pollard isn’t alone. Even the veterans, such as Malcolm Lane, Aaron Bain, Dylan Linkner and Leon Wright-Jackson, to name a few, are always studying videos.
That, more than anything else, will help the Warriors entering training camp.
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The best battle is at left tackle, where Aaron Kia, Ray Hisatake and Laupepa Letuli are competing for the starting job. Kia exited spring training slightly ahead. Kia now weighs 290, and he hopes to gain another 10 points before the start of training camp. Kia has been working out at Fudge’s Gym in Mililani (along with long-snapper Jake Ingram and linebacker Josh Andrews). One of his workouts includes escalating weight-lifting. The workout ends with Kia doing three sets (10 bench presses each) of 315 pounds. Here’s Kia:
But don’t overlook Hisatake and Letuli, who is finally injury free. Letuli missed all of spring training because of a hamstring injury. Hisatake has become one of the leaders in agility drills in Klum Gym. Here’s Hisatake:
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David Veikune and John Fonoti will be the No. 1 defensive ends entering training camp. Elliott Purcell is poised to become an excellent pass rusher. Don’t forget C.J. Allen-Jones, who is making the move from strongside linebacker. Here’s C.J.:
And here’s C.J.’s ride:
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OK, one last Spencer Smith photo. Here he is with Mana Silva.
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From Patrick Williams:
Coach McMackin and John McNamara are the featured speakers at the July 9 luncheon for the International Association of Business Communicators-Hawaii (IABC-Hawaii. The topic is “The Warrior Brand: An Inside Look at University of Hawaii Football.” The location is the Plaza Club (900 Fort Street Mall, 20th Floor) and the agenda is:
•11-11:30 am: registration
•11:30-noon: buffet lunch
• Noon-1 pm: program and audience Q&A with Coach and McNamara,
Cost is $25 for members and $35 for members and includes lunch (but not parking, we don’t validate). People can register at this link: http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=162783. We also take walk up registrations.