Greg McMackin said that Tyler Graunke has been medically cleared to practice.
Because of the bye, the Warriors have an extra day of practice during game week. (They usually do only conditioning drills on Monday as a way to recover from the past weekend’s game). That should be helpful because Graunke, despite his experience, needs to work on his timing with his receivers.
The coaches noted that Inoke Funaki had a good week of practice last week.
The way it looks now, the depth chart is: 1) Graunke. 2) Funaki. 3) Alexander. 4) Rausch.
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For the Warriors, losing out on the Manti Te‘o competition — as it appears the situation is now — is neither surprising nor devastating.
Even with UH’s success and bright future, this has been a formula that is tough to disprove:
Punahou + BCS offers = Mainland school.
While Te‘o is an outstanding player and one of the nation’s best linebackers, the Warriors have bigger needs than at linebacker. After this season, they lose Adam Leonard, Solomon Elimimian and Tyson Kafentzis. But Elimimian’s successor already is in place: middle linebacker Brashton Satele. Blaze Soares has at least one more season. R.J. Kiesel-Kauhane, who is in the top rotation, also will be back. And Teo’s cousin Paipai Falemalu is redshirting, Art Laurel is grayshirting and Waylon Lolotai returns from a church mission.
Instead, the Warriors are addressing two pressing areas: offensive line and power back. In particular, the Warriors are in need of offensive tackles. It usually takes a couple of years to train for that position. Laupepa Letuli, Aaron Kia, Brysen Ginlack and Ray Hisatake will be seniors next season.
If Jake Heun redshirts this season the power back position could be set for two years. Still, the Warriors would like to bring in a Mauia-type back.