At today’s practice:
• Darius Bright (turf toe) practiced for the first time, making a couple of good catches, although he was stripped of the football by cornerback Mike Edwards (who later fumbled) during team drills.
• Right slotback Billy Ray Stutzmann did not practice because of a tight right hamstring. He said the ailment is not serious, and he expects to resume practice in another day or so.
• Linebacker Corey Paredes did not practice because of a death in the family.
• Safety Brandon Leslie and linebacker Brenden Daley were in class and did not practice.
• The Warriors practiced the defense they will use against Colorado.
• The Warriors also practiced one of their 45 defenses (they have two versions). In this scheme, Art Laurel becomes the elephant (rush end), Mike Edwards enters as the right cornerback, and John Hardy-Tulau switches over to quarter (rover).
• Kendrick Van Ackeren had the best play of the day, leaping to intercept Bryant Moniz’s pass on a bubble screen.
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The NCAA’s best male volleyball player — opposite attacker Jonas Umlauft — will remain in Germany this fall to attend a university there. UH coach Charlie Wade said it is “up in the air” whether Umlauft will return to the Warriors in January for his junior season.
Wade already has assembled a strong incoming class, including recent signee Johann Timmer of the New Zealand national team. Timmer is about 6-6 (we’re still trying to figure out the metric conversion), and can play the middle or opposite. He’s a so-called six-rotation player, meaning he doesn’t get subbed out.
Here’s a preview: Johann Timmer video.