Today’s practice, much like life, was all about making contacts.
“We call it ‘thud,'” head coach Norm Chow said of the drills in which defenders are required to hit but not take down ballcarriers. “You ‘thud’ the guy up, and let him go.”
Today was the second spring practice in shoulder pads for the Warriors. The emphasis has been on teaching new schemes and working on techniques.
The offensive line has been developing under Chris Naeole’s tough-like approach. For now, Sean Shigematsu has returned to No. 1 right tackle, although the depth chart remains written in chalk.
• Bubba Poueu-Luna has made an easy transition from safety to slotback.
• In Beau Yap’s absence, Kody Afusia has served as the long-snapper. The backup? That’s Kawika Borden, who is back with the Warriors after deciding not to go on a church mission. Borden doubles as a safety.
• Steven Lakalaka is the No. 2 running back. But in some schemes, Lakalaka and Joey Iosefa are paired in the backfield. Lakalaka has lost all of the “freshman 15 (pounds)” he gained during the fall semester.
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Darryl McBride was admittedly overweight and underwhelming during UH’s pro day two weeks ago. He now is hoping to make a second impression. McBride worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles this past Tuesday.
He said he hopes to schedule workouts with the New York Giants and Washington Redskins.
McBride was born in Philadelphia but moved to California when he was in high school.
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Happy birthday to Koakane.