From today’s practice:
• Strong-side linebacker Art Laurel resumed practicing. He has an injury to his right hand.
• Weak-side linebacker Aaron Brown did not practice because of a sprained ankle. He said he will be good to go tomorrow.
• Right wideout Royce Pollard did not practice because of a tight right hamstring. He expects to start against New Mexico State Saturday night. But if he can’t go, all signs point to freshman Trevor Davis being activated and earning the start. Davis has several nicknames, but Pollard refers to him as “The Rookie.” Pollard has been serving as Davis’ mentor.
• During a special-team drill, Davis out-raced safety John Hardy-Tuliau.
• Center London Sapolu and right guard David Lefotu will make their second consecutive starts. Lefotu and Matagisila Lefiti will split time at guard. If Sapolu needs a break, then Lefiti will slide over to center. Andrew Faaumu, who started the first five games at right guard, has moved to left guard, where he is backing up Brett Leonard. Faaumu said he has healed from a sprained right ankle that kept him out of the San Jose State game.
• It’s official: Mike Sellers is the No. 1 quarter (nickelback).
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Few could argue with the credentials of the recent inductees into UH’s Circle of Honor. One was a trailblazer, the other two were blazers in their sports.
But once again the circle is oblong, with the membership leaning heavily toward Olympic sports and non-athlete contributors. In other words: Where the heck are all the football players?
There are only three members who played football during the past 25 years. The list of omissions, from the Nogas, Rich Miano, Garrett Gabriel and MIchael Carter to Ashley Lelie, Chad Owens, Tim Chang and Samson Satele, is noticeable. (Athletic director Jim Donovan does not have a vote, but he assembled the committee, and even he should acknowledge that Niko Noga was the best player on his team.)
I’ve toured many campuses and visited many schools’ Hall of Fame museums. They included wide-spread representations of their successes. And that should be the point of the Circle of Honor. Induction should not be so political and difficult as a Supreme Court nomination. UH has few opportunities to celebrate its successes. Why limit the inductions? And why so one-sided?
This weekend, the recent inductions will be celebrated during intermissions at the volleyball match Friday and homecoming football game Saturday. It is an acknowledgment that while football is popular, in the view of some, it is not honorable.