From today’s practice:
• Defensive tackle Haku Correa underwent surgery today for a displaced fracture in his foot. Usually, this is a season-ending injury, but a new aggressive operation will be used in the hope he can return in six weeks.
• Left tackle Clayton Laurel has been hobbling because of a sore foot. But he is expected to play. And while David Lefotu has received a lot of work at right guard, Andrew Faaumu will get the start. So here’s the starting offensive line: LT Laurel, LG Brett Leonard, C Matagisila Lefiti, RG Faaumu, RT Levi Legay.
• Don’t expect Miah Ostrowski to play. He didn’t practice today. Justin Clapp gets his second start.
• Linebacker Brendan Daley will undergo foot surgery tomorrow and miss the rest of the season. He was a 3-for-2 player, so he’ll get to redshirt this year.
• D-end Tavita Woodard has been told he will need to undergo a two-week rehabilitation program for his surgically repaired foot. He’s targeting the San Jose State game as his return.
• Desmond Dean suffered an apparent knee injury today. He was helped off the field.
• ESPN Australia was at practice shooting a segment on returner/slotback Scott Harding and offensive lineman Blake Muir. Muir has received a lot of reps, but UH won’t use him unless there’s an emergency. They don’t want to waste what could be a redshirt year.
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UC Davis coach Bob Biggs is quite the character.
He also has local ties, having lived in Kaimuki for two years in the 1970s. He said he worked as a recreation coordinator at the Palolo Recreation Center in the mid-1970s. His friendship with the Vasconcellos family helped lead him to the islands after he was cut by the Denver Broncos.
Biggs credits Virginia Hinshaw, who will be retiring as the Manoa chancellor in June, as being helpful in setting up this game.