The Warriors opened training camp yesterday, and the first practice is this afternoon. Here are some key areas:
1. The offensive line: The preference is to be four-deep in training camp, which equates to 20 players. But to address other needs, there are 18 o-linemen in camp, and one of them (Austin Hansen) won’t be available to play until the bowl game. At lesat two might be redshirt candidates. That leaves an area three-deep across, which usually would be sufficient except more than half are sophomores or younger. The first 10 days of camp should bring clarity to the competition at right tackle (Sean Shigematsu or Levi Legay) and left tackle (Clayton Laurel, Jordan Loeffler or Frank Loyd).
2. Receivers: The three new starters — left wideout Darius Bright, left slotback Billy Ray Stutzmann and right slotback Miah Ostrowski — have been in the system for a while. (Ostrowski used to catch passes from Steele Jantz in practice.) Bright is coming off a foot ailment, and Stutzmann has never been a slotback in training camp. `There is time to work on cohesiveness.
3. Coaches: Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and d-line coach Tony Tuioti returned yesterday from their internships with the Cincinnati Bengals. Mouse Davis also is back. Meanwhile, it appears that Greg McMackin will enter his fourth year without a contract extension. It’s not an immediate concern, but it could be problematic the closer it gets to the 2012 letter-of-intent day.
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It’s too bad about Laupepa Letuli suffering from ailments as the Dallas Cowboys’ training camp opens. Letuli has found an ideal situation: The Cowboys prefer their o-linemen to be hefty, and Letuli, now back up to 320, isn’t even considered an overly heavy blocker in their system.