After a school-record-setting performance — 327 rushing yards in 19 carries against New Mexico State — running back Alex Green was named the Capital One Impact Performer of the Week.
Green was selected by online voting. He received 33 percent of the votes.
Here’s the link: Alex Green.
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So sorry to hear about the passing of Al Beaver, truly one of the great gentlemen of Hawaii football. He had that tough-guy appearance, but he related well with his players during his time as UH assistant coach in the early 1990s.
Beaver also created what has become a nationwide fad: The grayshirt option. One of his last acts before leaving the Rainbow Warriors was to get a commitment from offensive lineman Kaulana Noa. But feeling that Noa needed another year to develop, he convinced Noa to delay enrolling at UH for a semester. Noa, who was in Bob Wagner’s last recruiting class, had a successful career at UH and was selected in the 2000 NFL draft.
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George Lumpkin has had a front-row view of the UH football program for 38 seasons. Asked to list the five best UH running backs, he came up this list (in no particular order):
• Gary Allen. “Gary had the ability to make you miss.He wasn’t a big guy, but he made it happen.”
• Nate Ilaoa.
• Alex Green. “He can make people miss, and he has the power to run through contact.”
• Jamal Farmer. “He had the same things Travis (Sims) had, but he had shake-and-bake.”
• Junior Lopati. “He was on his way to being one of the best before he got injured. He was never the same after that.”
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Things we’ve learned in sports this week:
• It’s OK to ask for money for your son to attend a university as long as no money is exchanged.
• Helmet-to-helmet hits are bad; fist-to-face hits are not so bad.
* It’s OK to over-pay A.J. Burnett; it’s not OK to over-pay Derek Jeter.
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Avis has selected Kekoa as the winner of the green-friendly UH-New Mexico State game sheet autographed by a certain record-setter.
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Happy, happy birthday to Slugger and JoJo.