Within the next two weeks, former UH quarterback Tim Chang’s NCAA record for most career passing yards will be surpassed.
It was a record that, like Chang himself, went largely unappreciated by his home state.
For some reason, Chang’s abilities and accomplishments were never embraced. He has been characterized as being too soft — a ridiculous assessment given the sport’s violent nature. Some snarky critics note that Chang also holds the career record for interceptions. But for every pick, he became a defensive back. Too soft? Hardly.
Warrior supporters always lament the ones who got away. But Chang was a heralded prep star who stayed home. He played in a system in which every defense expected him to pass. And his version of the four-wide offense had not fully evolved; he did not benefit from the efficiency and post-catch yardage of shovel passes, which were not standard equipment when he was UH’s quarterback.
For more than six years, Chang held a remarkable record in a sport that is triple-digits old. It’s too bad he was never appreciated in his time, or the years after.
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In the final full practice before Saturday’s game:
• Right wideout Royce Pollard once again insisted he expects to play despite a tight right hamstring. He undergoes intensive therapy every day. And, again, if Pollard can’t play, then freshman Trevor Davis will make his UH debut.
• The Warriors practiced special teams extensively today. The line for placekicks is LT Chauncy Winchester-Makainai, LG Andrew Faaumu, LS Luke Ingram, RG David Lefotu and RT Brett Leonard.
• Weak-side linebacker Aaron Brown resumed practicing.
• After practice, there was a seniors-only meeting.
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Happy birthday to Kinda Shy.