Sunday, September 30, 2007
Dave Reardon writes about the motivation the UH defense took into this game.
Most of the Hawaii defensive players had never heard of Craig James before Friday night. Greg McMackin made sure they did before yesterday's 48-20 victory at Idaho.UPDATE: Forgot to include Ferd Lewis' column on McMackin's reaction to the comments.
The former SMU star running back became a part of the UH defensive coordinator's game plan when McMackin heard about negative comments James made about the Warriors defense during the Thursday night Boise State-Southern Miss telecast.
James, now an analyst with ESPN, said the UH defense is inferior, and that he knocked the No. 19 Warriors out of his Top 25 for that reason. McMackin passed that on to his players Friday and they took it to heart yesterday. They shut down the Vandals' running game and picked off five Nathan Enderle passes, returning two for touchdowns.
Stephen Tsai writes that Colt Brennan tweaked his ankle again during the game.
In the first quarter, Brennan "rolled" the ankle. He opted to continue playing. But the injury made it difficult to push off on his right foot. Two of his interceptions came when he threw off the back foot. Two others were initially tipped.Ferd Lewis talks to the coaches about Colt's injury.
"(The Vandals) made some good plays, and I wasn't myself," Brennan said. "I didn't do the best job of capitalizing when I had the opportunities. It was a weird, wacky thing. We played that poorly on offense, and we still crushed them. That shows how good this team is."
Quarterbacks coach Dan Morrison said the injured ankle caused Brennan "not to be able to do some of the things he normally does as well. But it is something he's going to have to work through and he's a tough kid."Also from the article:
But Morrison said, "even with it, he made some unbelievable throws at times. He made a couple across the field to Davone (Bess) that, I mean, had to be put right where they were. There was no other place — and he did it."
Jones added: "A lot of (the problems) came when he was moving around. That's when you feel it. When he was able to get set he made some good throws. Take away the 2 or 3 balls that were tipped and he played a pretty good game. But he's tough on himself. He's his own worst critic."
- June Jones talks about Malcolm Lane's performance.
- Blaze Soares finally got to play, but didn't record any tackles.
- Ryan Mouton's knee was sore after the game and may get an MRI.
"I was just trying to make the first guy miss and get in the open field," Pilares said. "The field was kind of soft and hard to cut on."Also from the article:
Pilares repeated the UH running backs' mantra that their first job is to block -- that's especially true now with Brennan dealing with rehabbing a sprained right ankle.
- Colt talks about bouncing back from the 5-INT performance.
- Malcolm Lane talks about burning, and then getting tackled in the endzone by Stanley Franks.
- Ryan Mouton's knee injury is not to the same knee as last week.
- Adam Leonard talks about lobbying June Jones to put him in as a fullback in goal-line situations. Speaking of which...
"He talked about that last week," Jones said. "He's got some running ability."Doh!
Would Jones let the 6-foot, 236-pounder make the move?
Kalani Simpson's final column is a great one, profiling Kalaheo QB and son of Fred, Cody vonAppen.
And finally, some Warriors like yogurt.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
And here are some video highlights from KREM in Spokane, Washington.
UPDATE: Woops, Chawan Cut was so fast in getting this up, I didn't even look. Here are some game reports from KITV's Rob DeMello, KHON's John Veneri and KHNL's Stephen Florino.
Brennan finished 30 of 49 for 369 yards with three touchdown passes and added a 1-yard TD plunge in the third quarter. Brennan's five interceptions — two were on deflections — tied a school record, but while the Warriors' star struggled, Hawaii's talent easily overmatched the Vandals.The Star-Bulletin has a scoring breakdown and some game stats.
Brennan's ankle seemed fine, but he was far from sharp. Many of his passes were slightly off target, either behind or in front of his receivers. Brennan's 19 incompletions were the most since missing 20 throws against Wisconsin in 2005 and third highest of his career.
Davone Bess caught a season-high 12 passes for 162 yards, just two receptions off the school record he co-owns, and Kealoha Pilares added 85 yards rushing on just 10 carries, the highest total by any Hawaii back this season.
10:32 - Colt Brennan connects on a 13 yard pass to Ryan Grice-Mullins. Dan Kelly's PAT is good. Hawaii 7, Idaho 0.
7:10 - Idaho scores a TD on an 18-yard sweep. PAT good. Hawaii 7, Idaho 7.
4:47 - Adam Leonard intercepts the Idaho QB and RETURNS IT 40 YARDS FOR A TD!!!! PAT is good. Hawaii 14, Idaho 7.
End of 1st Quarter - Hawaii 14, Idaho 7
14:07 - Colt Brennan throws a 41-yard bomb to Malcolm Lane for a TOUCHDOWN!!!! PAT is good. Hawaii 21, Idaho 7
10:44 - 24-yard TD pass from Colt Brennan to Davone Bess across the middle! PAT is good. UH 28, Idaho 7
3:54 - Dan Kelly kicks a 39-yard field goal. Hawaii 31, Idaho 7
2:42 - Myron Newberry intercepts an Idaho pass and takes it 75 yards for a TD! He gets an unsportsmanlike penalty for jumping into the endzone. PAT is good. Hawaii 38, Idaho 7
0:36 - Idaho kicks a 50-yard field goal. UH 38, Idaho 10. Wasn't this the final score of the USC-Idaho game?
0:04 - Dan Kelly kicks a 25-yard field goal. UH 41, Idaho 10. End of the 1st half.
3:04 - Colt Brennan sneaks in a TD run from the 1-inch line. PAT good. UH 48, Idaho 10
5:42 - Idaho kicks a 49-yard field goal. UH 48, Idaho 13
3:21 - Idaho passes 35 yards for a TD. Hawaii 48, Idaho 20.
0:00 - END OF GAME. Hawaii 48, Idaho 20.
Oceanic PPV at home. K5 will also being showing repeats.
Check out this list from the Oceanic cable website, which has a list of bars and establishments showing the game live. This Advertiser page has addresses and phone numbers for some of them.
1420 AM on the radio.
Streaming audio via 1420 AM online.
Streaming audio and game stats via Yahoo Sports' GameChannel (click on the "Idaho" link). You need Internet Explorer and a Yahoo login.
Streaming video via the Idaho Athletics website. You'll need Windows Media Player or an equivalent. It costs $6.95 for a month. I have not tried it.
Live online stats from ESPN's Scoreboard, which should have a "Gamecast" link during the game. Or try CBS Sportsline's scoreboard for a "Gamecenter" link.
Outside of Hawaii:
Watch it on ESPN Gameplan, if your cable or satellite provider has it.
Streaming video from ESPN360.com, if your ISP supports it.
Streaming video via the Idaho Athletics website.
Streaming audio via 1420 AM online.
Streaming audio and game stats via Yahoo Sports' GameChannel (click on the "Idaho" link). You need Internet Explorer and a Yahoo login.
Live online stats from ESPN's Scoreboard, which should have a "Gamecast" link during the game. Or try CBS Sportsline's scoreboard for a "Gamecenter" link.
Orlando from UHWarriorFan.com has a bunch of great photos from this week's UH football practices.
Chawan Cut has compiled some UH-Idaho previews from some recent local broadcasts. From last night's news, previews from KHON's John Veneri, KITV's Rob DeMello and KGMB's Liz Chun. They show footage from the last time UH played in the Kibbie Hangar, two years ago. Check out the silver numbers, check out the Astroturf!
And check out Chawan Cut's Youtube page for much more.
And from earlier in the week, here are some game notes from the UH Athletics website, which includes a link to the PDF press release for the game.
Although he has "tweaked" the right ankle a couple of times in practices, the soreness has subsided after ice treatments.Dave Reardon's gameday preview has probable starting lineups, breakdowns on both sides of the ball, and this key matchup:
"I'll be fine in the game," said Brennan, who will not take any pain-killing shots. "Game-day adrenaline is unbelievable. I could have played last week and been fine. Trust me. But the rest was good, and I'll be that much more ready this time."
Idaho (lack of) consistency vs. Hawaii explosivenessIdaho coach Robb Akey tells the Idaho Statesman how he plans to defend the UH offense.
Idaho has some talented players, but not enough to afford costly mistakes, especially against a team with as many offensive, defensive and special teams weapons as Hawaii. Five of UH's 31 touchdowns have been scored by defense or special teams. The Vandals have generally played well, but made critical errors at key junctures.
A popular way to try to slow down the run-and-shoot is to mix zone coverages with blitzes in an attempt to contain the Warriors for short gains and pressure the quarterback. But UH's receivers run well after the catch, and Brennan does a good job of detecting blitzes and audibling into quick passes.
If this approach is to have a chance, it must be paired with a ball-control offense that also scores points while eating the clock.
Because Brennan has a quick release and doesn't get sacked often, the Vandals may have to find an alternative way to pressure the run-and-shoot offense. Idaho has recorded only three quarterback sacks in its first four games.Another Idaho Statesman article discusses the Vandals' emphasis on special teams.
"Just like you can blitz a quarterback, you can blitz receivers a little bit," Akey said. "You have to have two answers, you can't do just one. More than anything, they do what they do and they do it very well. And they don't care what you do. Hopefully we can change it up enough to where we can keep the big plays to a minimum."
"It's the biggest game-changing play that can happen during a game," said Idaho sophomore Shiloh Keo, who returned a punt 100 yards for a score last week. "You get the biggest momentum swings out of special teams play."
"In regards to playing quality opponents and having an opportunity to win this conference, the special teams have got to play a role in that," Idaho coach Robb Akey said. "We've made good progress in regards to having that happen."Stephen Tsai's gameday preview has probable starting lineups and breakdowns of offense, defense and special teams for UH and Idaho. Tsai also talks to the players about the Kibbie Dome lights.
The Warriors' biggest adjustment will be the yellow-shaded lighting in the Kibbie Dome. The lights also are lower than at Aloha Stadium. "You have to concentrate more," said Grice-Mullins, who played in the dome as a second-year freshman in 2005. The four starting receivers — as well as Brennan — wear clear visors on their helmets. "You'd be surprised how the clear visors shield the light," Grice-Mullins added.Tsai also writes that Jason Rivers did not practice this week and may be held out of the game.
Ferd Lewis writes about this UH team being able to play and practice on the road.
For it wasn't too many years ago when any venture out of Aloha Stadium was a toss-up — or worse. Any game away from home, especially up in altitude and down in temperature was a cause for deep concern. The slightest things that could go wrong usually did. Even when it was just the seemingly routine opening coin flip.And finally, best wishes to Star-Bulletin columnist Kalani Simpson, who's leaving the paper and moving to the mainland.
If the Warriors didn't play their best, they usually didn't win. And if they were off their game, look out, it had a tendency to get ugly.
But these Warriors — and we're talking since June Jones took over in 1999 in general and the last two campaigns in particular — have shown an ability to do more.
No, as many of you know, my wife is from the mainland and we're moving closer to her family. We're moving to the mainland for all the reasons families move to the mainland. It's tough to make it work in Hawaii; it's worth it, but that doesn't make it any less tough. We're moving because the dollar goes further. We're moving because we want to have more kids. It's very much a family decision, a life-decision thing.When he was on, he wrote some of the best columns around.
Suddenly you sound like Ken Griffey Jr.
Thank you for not using Dennis Erickson.
It's tough. It is sad. But it's the best thing for our family, and we're looking forward to the new adventure ahead.
And regardless, he always kept it interesting.
I really enjoyed the humor he brought to the table.
And as you can tell...
His writing style has rubbed off on me.
I kid, I kid. All the best to Kalani Simpson!
And... GO WARRIORS!!!!
Friday, September 28, 2007
"People know I'm fast, but it doesn't matter," Lane said. "I don't care about that stuff. I care about running hard every play and making the right reads on the football field. Speed is always an advantage, but you have to be smart, too. It showed last year (as a true freshman). I was fast, but I didn't know what I was doing, and it didn't get me anywhere. You can have speed, but if you don't know what you're doing, it doesn't mean anything."Also from the article:
- Linebacker Poʻokela Ahmad will redshirt.
- Details about the personalized t-shirts some players are making.
"Dennis has done a great job of tying it all together and creating an attitude amongst the players that special teams is important," Reinebold said. "And not just that, but giving the guys some fundamentals and techniques."In their Sports Notebook, McInnis and Reardon write that Colt Brennan was still hurting, but accurate in practice. Also from the Notebook:
Junior cornerback Guyton Galdeira has found a niche as an outstanding special teams player, blocking on returns and making tackles on kickoffs and punts. He often blocks two defenders on the same play.
"I'm trying to get to three," Galdeira said. "Coach McKnight always talks about taking it to the next level. Once you know your block is secure, you go to the next level and find another one."
- Korey Reynolds may be eligible for a medical hardship due to a shoulder injury.
- Kiran Kepoʻo continues to recuperate from his on-campus bicycle accident.
- Jared Lene is back with the team after recovering from a viral infection.
Robb Akey, who will coach on the sideline opposite UH's June Jones for tomorrow's game, is the third head coach in as many years and fourth in five seasons for the Vandals. Some players are working on their fourth position coaches in as many years.And the Warrior Insider spoke to defensive back Daniel Smith, who will become a Warrior in 2008..
“I committed so early to Hawaii because I wanted to show the school how much I wanted to become a apart of the team. When I was on my visit I really felt at home and accepted. The thing I am most exited about when I get to Hawaii is my first practice. I just want to get on the field with the team” said Smith.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Here's the online version of Chad Nielsen's ESPN the Magazine cover story on Colt Brennan.
He gave up NFL millions for this? A twin foam mattress without sheets on a bare tile floor? It looks like a dog's bed, except no dog lives in this cozy plank house. Instead, Colt Brennan, college football's most complete quarterback, lounges here, waiting out the early August heat in Kahuku, a two-stoplight town in rural Hawaii.Read the whole thing! Awesome article.
Brennan is watching a Steelers-Eagles preseason game on a grainy TV, listening for Hawaiian names. That could have been him getting beaten up as an NFL rookie.
Stephen Tsai writes about the UH offense practicing the silent count in anticipation of playing in the echoey Kibbie Barn.
"It's all about the timing," center John Estes said. "I snap it when it's a certain time. It's a certain rhythm we use."Also from the article:
In practices earlier in the season, Estes said, "Sometimes I'd snap it faster than I should. But we worked on it, and our timing is better."
Left guard Hercules Satele said: "It's a matter of trust. You have to trust the center will snap the ball on time. This is a precaution in case in gets loud. But we're ready."
- Colt talks about his ankle.
- Ryan Mouton talks about the kickoff return for TD he promised Colt.
- Jason Rivers was held out of practice due to his stiff back.
- Safeties Erik Robinson and Spencer Smith will be on the travel roster to Idaho.
"They're getting the most out of their athletes," he said. "They played well against USC (a 38-10 loss) and they were ahead of Washington State. They got their win against Cal Poly, and they should've won last week against Northern Illinois, but that was an accident game. They had all kinds of accidents go against them."
"I think they're better than LaTech. They held and grabbed face masks," he said of the Bulldogs. "(Idaho's) offensive front is as good as any we've played yet."Billy Hull and Dave Reardon's Sports Notebook has news that Leon Wright-Jackson has been told to cut loose.
During a recent tape session, Hawaii coach June Jones noticed the sophomore running back trying to stick to the offense too much on some of his runs.Yeah baby. That's exciting to hear. Also from the Notebook:
"He told me to just run wild," Wright-Jackson said. "If I see something else, hit it as hard as possible and get upfield."
- More details about the silent snap count.
- Dennis McKnight discusses the offensive line's performance.
- Blaze Soares and Ryan Keomaka are set to make the trip.
- J. David Miller's "Hawaii Warrior Football" book is ready for pre-order at WarriorsRespond.com. I'm hoping that I'll get an e-mail from warriorshaka.com about the pre-pre-orders we submitted all those months ago!
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Here a preview from Andrew Giornalista of the AP.
And here's an article from Nick Jezierny of the Idaho Statesman, profiling Vandals cornerback Stanley Franks, who talks about facing the Warriors offense.
"This right here is a cornerback's dream," said Franks, who was an All-WAC cornerback last season. "With as much as they throw the ball ... it's definitely a cornerback's dream."Awww yeah, that should be a fun battle to watch out for.
Finally, UH receiver Mike Washington is profiled in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Hawaii coach June Junes inserted Washington to return a punt in the third quarter, and Washington responded by returning it 80 yards for his first collegiate touchdown. The highlight-reel run was similar to those of Santana Moss and Dante Hall, two diminutive NFL receivers after whom Washington (5-7, 165) said he patterns his game.
"When I got an opportunity, I just had to let coach Jones and everybody else know what's up," said Washington. "I'm like: You've got to look at my highlight tape or something. Everybody back home wants to know what I do down here. I just got the opportunity and I just did what I do."
>> If Colt Brennan is rusty, it wasn’t evident on the last play. He slipped one in between two defenders into the hands of Ryan Grice-Mullins.Stephen Tsai writes that Colt tweaked his ankle.
>> June Jones on Colt Brennan after practice today: “He’s probably six or seven out of 10 but he’ll play.
Colt Brennan said he "tweaked" his right ankle during today's practice, but said he's fine and he "definitely" will start against Idaho Saturday.Yikes! Be well, HI's man. Also from the entry, Tsai gives an update on the status of members of the 2007 UH football recruiting class. He also has a reminder about today's fundraiser for Janevia Taylor. Here's an excerpt from a Ka Leo article about it:
The University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Wahine Booster Club will host the "Friends of Janevia Taylor Fundraiser" on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Eastside Grill. Doors open at 5 p.m. Ticket price is $10 and includes heavy pūpūs, as well as four raffle tickets for prizes including restaurant and retail gift certificates, autographed UH memorabilia and a Las Vegas travel package.
Taylor, one of the school's all-time leading scorers, remains in a coma following a serious automobile accident in June near her home in California.
Donations may also be made to Taylor's medical fund at any First Hawaiian Bank branch or may be mailed to:
Friends of Janevia Taylor
c/o First Hawaiian Bank
2764 Woodlawn Dr.
Honolulu, HI 96822
"My ankle is fine," Brennan said. "I'll definitely be ready by Saturday."From UHWarriorFan.com, here's a shot of Colt "getting back into gear," ahem.
Quarterback coach Dan Morrison said Brennan was "his usual accurate self."
Tsai's article continues with a profile of the special teams.
They are the self-styled "Hit Men," the heat-seeking players who form the left side of the Warriors' kick-coverage unit.Dave Reardon profiles playmaker Ryan Mouton, who got some great news about his knee.
"They do the job," said Dennis McKnight, who helps coordinate the kickoff coverage.
UH's strategy is to narrow the field, with Dan Kelly placing kickoffs to the return team's right.
The Warriors loaded their left side with two speedsters (Ryan Keomaka and Guyton Galdeira) along the sideline, and wedge-busters Rustin Saole, Francis Maka and John Fonoti between the numbers and the tee.
Mouton's MRI came up negative for any serious harm, and the junior participated fully in team drills yesterday. That was a big relief for both the UH defense and special teams, for which he has become a knight on the chessboard: versatile and shifty.The article concludes with an injury update on Le'Marcus Gibson, who will undergo knee surgery and apply for a medical redshirt.
"He's a big-time player," McMackin said. "He's for real, and he complements our corners. He's playing our nickel (package), and we're getting him more and more reps and we consider him a starter and one of our better players."
Dave has a profile of Idaho running back Deonte Jackson, who hopes to recover from an ankle sprain in time for the UH game.
And Ferd Lewis has hopes that season ticket holders will no longer have to pay for pay-per-view UH football road games, hopefully in the near future.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
CB/KR Ryan Mouton got his MRI back, and he’s cleared to play. His left knee is still a little sore, but he practiced at full speed today and DC Greg McMackin said RM will make the trip and his regular contribution is expected, meaning he’ll rotate in at both corners and return kickoffs.That's excellent news for Mouton and the team. The replays showing him bent backwards at the knee did not look good.
Speaking of bending over backwards, Stephen Tsai writes that the UH Lower Campus has endured a few minor inconveniences while Toyota hosts a convention there. Also from the article, BJ Fruean, who was dismissed from the team during the 11-day road trip, will be back next spring. And Leila Wai has a new video, which includes a funny interview with Ryan Mouton.
Both blogs report that Colt Brennan threw the ball at practice today, though Reardon (or McInnis) writes that Colt was still favoring his ankle. Godspeed, Colt!
Sportshawaii's uhwarriors has a great recap of this week's Na Koa lunch where coach Rich Miano and Dennis McKnight discussed and dissected various plays from the Charleston Southern game. And just a reminder that you can listen to "Call the Coach" with June Jones tonight (soon!) at 6:00pm HST via 1420 AM, or streaming audio here.
Gibson, a freshman from Mississippi, is prepared to undergo surgery to repair the partially torn ACL in his left knee.Here's hoping for a speedy recovery. Also from the article:
He will seek a medical hardship. If granted, as expected, he will have four years to play four seasons.
"I'll still be a freshman next year," Gibson said.
Gibson said he suffered the injury while practicing in Houston two weeks ago.
- A few words from new dad Josh Leonard.
- Keoni Steinhoff, Adam Leonard and Ryan Mouton were selected by coaches as Warriors of the week.
- Ryan Keomaka is on the comeback trail after getting academics in order.
"I feel bad for him in his senior year," Jones said yesterday at his weekly press conference. "He's getting (his back) looked at again. He tried to go, I probably should have held him out. So we'll make adjustments that he's not going to be there."Reardon also has some national stats:
The Warriors have run two kickoffs back for touchdowns and enter the week third in Division I at 32.4 yards per return.
The Warriors also enter the week third nationally in net punting (41.9 yards per punt) and 12th in punt returns (16.8). Mike Washington is second in the country in punt returns, based largely on his 80-yard touchdown in the opener.Cool.
Kalani Simpson has a few great quotes from QB coach Dan Morrison about the ridiculousness of the UH offense.
He said, "We're doing some things different (scheme-wise), but nothing dramatically different than we've been doing the last eight years." On behalf of the coaches, he said, "It's not us."
Well, then what is responsible for this seismic shift? El Nino? Global warming? A grave disturbance in the force?
"It's just the young people we have in the system right now," Morrison said.
"Get to the stadium while you can," Morrison said. "Because they're going to be gone really shortly." He's talking about the young people. They're on quite a roll. And once they're gone ...Golden age, baby!
And finally, Ferd Lewis writes about the unseemliness of the Boise president begging to join the Mountain West. Boooooo!
Monday, September 24, 2007
Crazy! Looks like he scared Malcolm Lane a little bit. Thanks to Orlando for taking and posting all these photos, and for letting me preview some here. Check out UHWarriorFan.com for lots more.
Chawan Cut has a compilation of Monday night's UH football news up.
Thanks again, Mr. Cut!
Here's the UH Athletic Department's press release recapping June Jones' Monday press conference. An excerpt:
On the team's playDave Reardon also had a few notes from the press conference, and noted that Colt Brennan rested his ankle today while the team did some light conditioning. Tsai has an injury update on Colt, Jason Rivers, RGM and Ryan Mouton, who underwent an MRI on his knee. Let's hope it's all good. Also from the post, congratulations to Josh Leonard on becoming a dad.
"We're going to have to better this week, obviously, to win at Idaho than we were at home against Charleston Southern. We'll also have to be better at San Jose State and Nevada than we are right now."
On the running back situation
"I like what I see on the offensive line and at running back. Kealoha (Pilares) and Leon (Wright-Jackson) get better each week. Kealoha is getting more confidence each week with his running. This week, he looked like he did when I saw him in high school. His blocking is getting better too. Leon was better this week running north to south. I call the same game for both running backs but have put them in depending on the play the first few games. Now that I know they can block, I don't care who is in there. Leon gives us more speed in open field and can run away from people, where Kealoha is a little more shiftier. There are advantages to both of them."
The UH Athletic Department also released notes and information about the upcoming Idaho game. It also has a link to the PDF press release for the game.
Ashley Lelie got in Saturday's 49ers game, but didn't catch a pass. Teammate Isaac Sopoaga recorded two tackles.
Ikaika Alama-Francis was active for Detroit's game against the Eagles, but didn't record any tackles.
Pisa Tinoisamoa was inactive for the Rams as he recovers from an ankle injury.
The Dolphins lost, but Samson Satele and the offensive line seem to be improving. Reagan Mauia had no rushes or receptions.
Dave Reardon writes about UH's 4-0 record matching the best start since 1988. He also discusses the most recent polls.
When the polls came out yesterday, Hawaii was 17th (coaches), 18th (Harris) and 19th (AP). Some would think a 56-point victory would mean a bigger jump, but the Warriors are paying the price for having played two Division I-AA teams. From the national perspective, the score could've been 100-0 and the jury would still be out with wins against Northern Colorado, LaTech, UNLV and now Charleston Southern.And at the end of the article is this week's Warriors Replay. Here's #3, the "bloggers' choice."
3. UntouchedStephen Tsai talks to June Jones, Colt Brennan and Tyler Graunke about the jeering Graunke got from some fools in the crowd.
The Setup: Hawaii 21, Charleston Southern 10, 15:00 remaining, third quarter, Charleston Southern kicking off from own 30.
The Play: KR Ryan Mouton gathers the ball at the 10, near the left sideline. He cuts toward the middle, follows a lane and scores untouched.
The Impact: Charleston Southern went into halftime trailing by just 11 and with hopes of pulling off a major upset. Hawaii's third special teams touchdown of the season put a major dent into those aspirations.
Mouton: "Colt (Brennan) told me at halftime, 'I thought you said you were going to run one back for me?' I had to live up to my word."
"I didn't hear (the boos) when the game was going on, but I heard it on the (television) replay of the game, and that's kind of disappointing that people would do that," Jones said. "I don't know what would cause people to do that to kids."
"The fans don't see that a lot of mistakes that are pinned on the quarterback aren't necessarily the quarterback's fault," Brennan added. "The fans can't see that. The way our offense has been, and the success we've had, the fans can get a little spoiled."
But Graunke finished with 285 passing yards in three quarters, and he accounted for four touchdowns — three by passing and his 6-yard run.Ka Leo's Rebecca Gallegos has a quote from C.J. Hawthorne in her game wrap-up.
"I probably didn't win everybody back," Graunke said, "but slowly and surely I will. I guarantee I will."
"I think he's a great football player, and great football players know how to deal with adversity," said UH wide receiver C.J. Hawthorne. "I think with any of us, (when) even your home stadium starts booing, people begin to doubt, you have to dig in deep a little bit. But I believe he persevered."Ferd Lewis has a few words for those bozos.
Letting Graunke work through his early struggles, gather experience and eventually find his rhythm was the best thing UH could have done. Thankfully, the coaches weren't swayed by a chorus of muddled thinking to the contrary. Including some, no doubt, with a vested interest in the spread.The Phoenix out of (Tucson) Arizona shall rise in '08!
Tsai's article continues with linebacker Adam Leonard talks about his pick six, his knee, and his motivation. By the way, it wasn't me!
Leonard, who is considered to be the Warriors' best open-field tackler, has found motivation on the Internet. He said he recently was criticized on a Warrior fan's Web site for being out of shape.Godspeed, Manimal!
"It kind of stings, but it doesn't hurt me," Leonard said. "It won't break me or make me to have fans feel that way. It makes me want to prove them wrong."
Also from Tsai's article, June calls Ryan Mouton "the real deal" and talks about Jason Rivers playing with a bad back.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
FYI, from the BCS site, here's how the BCS rankings are forumlated:
The Standings include three components: USA Today Coaches Poll, Harris Interactive College Football Poll and an average of six computer rankings. Each component will count one-third toward a team's overall BCS score.
Dave Reardon has a recap, which also has stats and scoring breakdowns. Here's an excerpt:
"Tonight we showed we're a great team," Brennan said. "Not just a great offense, but a great team."In Stephen Tsai's wrap-up, Tyler Graunke talks about hearing boos and "We want Colt" chants.
It took the special teams and defense to break this one open. They struck decisively at the outset of the second half, with two touchdowns before the Hawaii offense even got onto the field.
"Very big," coach June Jones said. "It's a team game. It felt like a 21-20 game."
"That's cool," Graunke said of the early catcalls. "As long as I win them back. I know these people will have my back. When I'm not doing good, I expect them to let me know. I've got their back as long as they've got mine."Also from the article, Kealoha Pilares talks about scoring on a touchdown run.
Pilares ran right on a long-trap play, cut upfield, stopped as a defensive back sped past, and glided into the end zone.And Tsai writes about a new defensive package UH unveiled last night.
"That's from practicing on the video games," Pilares said. "You see that on the video games, and you go out there and try to mimic it."
Against an opponent that employs a no-huddle, spread offense, the Warriors unveiled their 45 defense, which resembles a nickel defense except the four starting defensive linemen are not replaced by speed-rushers. In this scheme, Thomas enters as a safety, replacing linebacker Brad Kalilimoku, and safety Keao Monteilh becomes the nickelback aligned as a linebacker.Nick Abramo writes about the UH victory from Charleston Southern's perspective.
"If we could have held strong, I truly believe we could have beaten Hawaii," said Bucs quarterback Eli Byrd, who rolled his ankle three times but will be OK. "We expected to beat Hawaii. A couple of mistakes happened, and against a big team like that, there's no room for error. The second half was bad."Jason Kaneshiro talks to Tyler Graunke about his shaky performance before settling down in the second half.
"It was frustrating at first. I wasn't really throwing balls the way I know how to throw them, and my head was kind of spinning a little quicker than it should have," Graunke said. "I settled down and started throwing some good balls."
"The second half I was more calm than I'd ever been," Graunke said. "I wasn't even thinking twice about it. I'd look at the coverage and know where I was going to go with the ball -- see what happened and adjust from there."Stacy Kaneshiro talks to Colt Brennan about sitting out.
Brennan said he could've played; his ankle didn't appear to be affecting him during pregame warmups. But he said it was his and coach June Jones' decision.
"I wanted to rest it because even though it felt better, if I didn't get a chance to rest it then, it would've been sore all week and maybe sore the rest of the year," Brennan explained.Kalani Simpson writes that tonight served as a reminder that Colt is awesome.
Those guys are good. And this offense works. But we got a slight reminder last night of what it was like BC (Before Colt). There's a difference between when he does this and when anybody else does. There's a reason why this is the year.Ferd Lewis writes about the extraordinary vision of Herman Frazier.
Graunke answered the call. He came through. But we were reminded that this stuff isn't as easy as it looks. The guy with the bad ankle is pretty dang good.
What sure seemed like a colossal fumble when the schedule came out in June, gave Frazier the opening to claim "strategic placement" last night as the lightness of schedule afforded the Warriors the luxury of working out the kinks until coming up with a 28-point third quarter overdrive to put away plucky Charleston Southern, 66-10.So true.
What he was bashed like a pinata for this summer, Frazier was able to stand at midfield last night and cite as scheduling "by design."
Billy Hull writes about David Veikune and Desmond Thomas, two backups who got extensive playing time last night.
Veikune had two sacks at critical times and Thomas helped jump-start a struggling offense with a key interception midway through the second quarter to help Hawaii get on track and rout Charleston Southern.Michael Tsai writes about the Warriors' defensive performance last night.
"I think they're more comfortable, and having fun playing and not thinking so much," said UH defensive coordinator Greg McMackin. "I think they're getting better, which is more important than the wins and losses."Guyton Galdeira's big night on special teams is featured in Star-Bulletin's Sports Notebook.
"That's pretty standard," UH kicker Dan Kelly said. "When Guyton doesn't have five or six tackles, that's when I notice. What, is he hurt?"Also from the article:
"He's a spark plug," Hawaii offensive line and special teams coach Dennis McKnight said.
Kelly said, "He and Timo (Paepule) are like the two golden geese."
- Adam Leonard says he was disappointed in some of the fans jeering Graunke.
- News about some injuries suffered during the game to Leonard, Keala Watson and Ryan Mouton, who says he should be okay.
- The Warriors performed the haʻa before the game.
- Graunke says he didn't hear the jeering.
- Dan Kelly made a great tackle on a kick return.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Here's a post-game wrap-up by the Advertiser.
Here's a wrap-up from the AP. By the way, the "fans" participating in this:
With Hawaii's high-octane offense sputtering and leading only by a touchdown midway through the second quarter, the crowd began chanting, "We want Colt! We want Colt!"Not cool at all. I even heard it when Graunke was trying to drive the team from deep in UH territory. What the hell, you're not supposed to cheer against your own team. UPDATE: What he said.
Anyway, despite all that, Tyler was able to put it together and show what he can do in the second half. From the Advertiser article:
Granke completed 12 of 25 passes for 174 yards with a touchdown in the first half. In the second half, though, the junior quarterback was 10 of 11 for 111 yards and two scores.Here's another AP wrap-up with some quotes.
Buy tickets and go to the game. UPDATE: Here's some parking and tailgating info from the Advertiser.
Oceanic PPV at home.
Check out this list from the Oceanic cable website, which has a list of bars and establishments showing the game live (hat tip to beegpk on Sportshawaii). This Advertiser page has addresses and phone numbers for some of them.
1420 AM on the radio.
In and Outside of Hawaii:
Streaming video via HTSportsnet.com. You'll need Windows Media Player or an equivalent. It costs $9.95 for the game, or check out the season packages they offer.
Streaming audio via ESPN 1420. Hope they've solved some of the bandwidth and/or buffering problems I heard about.
Streaming audio via CSUsports.com. Doesn't look like the link is available yet, but according to their last opponenent's website, you may have to register and fill out a short questionnaire before being able to listen.
Live online stats from Internet Consulting Services via the UH website. CSUsports may also have live stats here. You can also check out online stats from ESPN's Scoreboard, which should have a "Gamecast" link during the game. Or try CBS Sportsline's scoreboard for a "Gamecenter" link.
Please comment below if you find any other ways to follow the action online or elsewhere. I really appreciated all the help last week. Thank you and....
"He gives us the best chance to win," (June) Jones said.
Brennan practiced yesterday, and had lost the limp he had earlier in the week.Great news. The article follows with a gameday preview. Here's an excerpt:
The Warriors lead the nation in passing offense, but the running game might be emphasized more this week (as it was against UNLV) to give the Bucs fewer shots at a hobbled Brennan. Also, the Bucs haven't been very stout against the run, allowing 4.9 yards per carry.While Brennan is expected to play, Stephen Tsai writes that Jason Rivers may not.
But UH's leading receiver, left wideout Jason Rivers, might not be ready to play. Rivers, who is suffering from tightness in his lower back, missed his fifth consecutive practice.And Tsai has a gameday preview, breaking down the offense, defense and special teams on both sides. Here's an excerpt:
"We'll see how he is before the game," Jones said.
Malcolm Lane, who already has replaced Rivers as a kick returner, would be next in line at left wideout.
Lane has been itching for a chance, even agreeing to move from the right side, where he has played exclusively during his 17-game UH career. Of his three touches this season, two have resulted in touchdowns — a 94-yard kickoff return and an 81-yard catch-and-sprint. While Lane has been successful on inside screens from the right side, which allows him to scan the defense, he said the left side permits him to carry the ball with his right hand.Jeff Hartsell of the Post and Courier talks to CSU coach Jay Mills about trying to defend Hawaii's offense.
Mills said the key for the Bucs will be to keep the ball away from whichever Hawaii QB is in the game.Patrick Obley of TheState.com writes about how CSU ended up playing UH, and what the game means to them.
"That's the week-in and week-out question for coaches facing them," he said. "You have to try to keep it away from their offense. The run-and-shoot, it's much like the wishbone in that there are only so many things you can do. I doubt if they even look at game film, because they know what they want to do and they know the things they will see."
Once the two sides were able to agree, Charleston Southern had to figure out how to get to Honolulu. Mills consulted with past associates at Purdue, Northern Colorado and Eastern Illinois to learn what those schools did to prepare.I'm glad this is helping at least one team upgrade their facilities. Gong!
Charleston Southern will return to Hawaii in 2011 as well. In between is a 2009 trip to The Swamp to play Florida.
The six-figure paydays the school receives for the trips will be put into the construction of a new fieldhouse planned for one of end zones at Buccaneers Field.
“We’ll have lockerrooms for every sport,” Mills said. “There will be lockerrooms for the P.E. classes as well and an academic resource center for all student athletes.”
And finally, Ferd Lewis writes an article about all the cures for a sprained ankle Colt Brennan has received from devoted UH football fans.
And folks want to get him on the field and at full capacity — and soon. "I would hate to see the Warriors' best season ruined because of this injury," e-mailed a fan named Bonnie, who recommended hyperbaric oxygen treatment. Another suggested allowing the tides, sea salt and sand to cure Brennan. Others have offered up herb cure treatments. One promotes a wrap of a molds and fungus mixture.Eh aunty! Come give Colt lomi lomi!
And finally, Stephen Tsai writes that former UH receiver Ross Dickerson has joined the Marines.
Dickerson reported to basic training at Camp Pendleton in San Diego. He only was allowed to bring a coat, $20 and his driver's license.Right on.
The country is a lot safer now that Dickerson is defending it.
Friday, September 21, 2007
"(Today) should be a good indication," Brennan said. "Mornings are the hardest part because the ankle's stiff. But I wanted to get out there and run around. By Saturday night it should be healed up enough (to play)."Stephen Tsai has an update too:
At Jones' request, Brennan traded crutches for a heavily padded medical boot when he is not practicing.And Jason Rivers missed practice again with a sore back. Also from Tsai's article:
"I think the boot helps because it makes it easier to move around," Brennan said. "At the same time, I'm walking, and that's good."
Jones said: "He's good enough he can play in that boot."
- Tyson Kafentzis is suspended for two games because of his role in a fight at practice.
- JoPierre Davis and Mario Cox talk about the growing enthusiasm of players wanting to be on special teams.
- Ryan Perry will be reunited with high school classmates on the Charleston Southern team.
"Obviously you do your team and your program a disservice if you enter without the goal of winning the contest," Mills said in a phone interview earlier this week. "We look at this as an opportunity to continue our growth. Our ultimate goal is to win a national championship at the FCS (Division I-AA) level. This gives us a chance to raise the bar."Reardon talks to linebacker Adam Leonard about his role in Greg McMackin's defense.
In Saturday's 49-14 victory at UNLV, Leonard came at the Rebels from all kinds of different angles, finishing with 11 tackles. He also had 12 stops the week before against Louisiana Tech, including a sack for 19 yards.Leonard also mentions that he's still not fully recovered from knee surgery, but hopes to be 100% by midseason. Those two byes on either side of the NMSU game should help.
Leonard's effort at UNLV was somewhat overshadowed by middle linebacker Solomon Elimimian's 14 stops that earned him a WAC Player of the Week honor.
But Leonard was just as disruptive and destructive. UH's defensive scheme against the Rebels involved Leonard and Elimimian among eight Warriors crowded at the line of scrimmage.
And I guess this is a popular subject, or maybe the same person is asking it, but Rivals.com's Olin Buchanan follows CFN's Pete Fiutak (see previous post) in answering a question about why Texas Tech's Graham Harrell isn't getting the same buzz as Colt Brennan.
Critics may argue that his stats are inflated because he plays inferior defensive teams in the WAC, but he threw for at least 350 yards last season against Alabama, Purdue, Oregon State and Arizona State - all BCS-conference teams that went to bowls. On top of that, Hawaii was 3-1 in those games. Brennan also threw for 388 yards and five touchdowns in a loss to Boise State, which won the Fiesta Bowl.Just gotta point out that
This season, Brennan already has passed for 1,262 yards and 12 touchdowns. Harrell has thrown for more yards (1,317) and touchdowns (14) than Brennan, but last season Harrell threw for just 204 yards and no touchdowns in a loss to TCU, 236 yards and one touchdown in a loss to Colorado and 250 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to Oklahoma.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
CSTV visited some tailgaters from Hawaii in the Sam Boyd Stadium dust lot before the UNLV game last week. They interview fans and even some former UH players attending the game.
David Shelton of The Post and Courier on Charleston.net has a new preview of the Charleston Southern game. Here's what CSU kicker Nick Ellis has to say:
"We're going out there to win. I hope people understand that," said Ellis. "The trip will be fun, but it's business. We're trying to get better as a football team every time we play. Personally, I'm excited to get out there and kick in front of a huge crowd. For all of us that will be playing, this is something we've always dreamed of."Rebecca Gallegos of Ka Leo has a game preview as well.
"We're maturing as a football team," said UH head coach June Jones. "All of them have taken a lot of pride in their efforts. We're 3-0 right now. We have to get better every week, and we have to play better this week to just keep inching along on what we want to do. We have to stay focused. If we can do that, we'll get better."======
And now for the Colt Report. My friend Legios, who is on the east coast, says Colt is getting a lot of great exposure out there. An AP article about Colt along with his picture was printed in the Washington Post's Express, a free paper given out at metro stations. Also, the New Hampshire Union Leader's C.J. McCarthy has Colt at the top of his Heisman list.
As Al Davis used to say, "Just win, baby.'' And that's what Brennan did. While Arkansas and Louisville (see Darren McFadden and Brian Brohm) were losing, Hawaii remained undefeated. As a result, Brennan stays atop our Heisman Watch. While his numbers were pedestrian compared to his usual performances, he once again did not play much in the second half in a 49-14 win at UNLV. His 77 percent completion rate (that's slightly more than three out of four passes being completed) is a figure some teams cannot achieve in practice.CFN's Pete Fiutak answers a Texas Tech fan's question about why TT's Graham Harrell isn't getting the same accolades as Colt Brennan.
Brennan is asked to do more for his offense. For example, he has 554 rushing yards and 11 scores, compared to Harrell’s -107 and three scores. Hawaii got a huge year out of Nate Ilaoa last season, but Harrell has been helped by far, far better running back play and far, far better defense. And then there’s the history. Yeah, the two quarterbacks are comparable over the first few games, but the career numbers aren’t even close. In 29 games, Brennan has completed 71% of his passes for 11,112 yards and 105 touchdowns with 26 interceptions. In 22 games, Harrell has completed 68% of his throws for 6,294 yards and 55 scores with 13 interceptions. Don’t forget that Brennan has often cranked out number in just a half or three quarters.Ronnie of the Tsaikos found this really cool anecdote about Colt Brennan doing something cool for the younger brother of an unnamed redshirt offensive lineman.
And Dennis Dodd of CBS Sportsline has this short item in his "Dodds and Ends."
• Urban legend of the week: A caller on the Jim Rome Show said his son chatted with Colt Brennan on the Hawaii bench during Saturday's game at Louisiana Tech. Brennan then met the kid after the game. And no, Brennan didn't have his pads off in the middle of a blowout. This was a tight game throughout that ended in overtime.Really cool.
During the game? This kid is loose.
For Lane -- a guy in just his second season in this offense -- a switch to the other side of the field isn't as easy as it sounds.
"It's a little awkward, but I am picking it up more and more every day," Lane said. "I've never ran routes on the left side."
Lane said he's comfortable with knowing the play calls. It's more the little things he needs to practice.Also from the article:
"It's just running routes and turning one way while turning my head the other way," he said.
- Kiran Kepoʻo is recovering from a bicycle accident
- Larry Sauafea sat out with an illness
- Blaze Soares suited up but did not practice
- 31,000 tickets have been sold so far
UPDATE: Brennan did practice in limited action today, and it'll be a game-day decision whether he plays or not.
But in better news from Tsai's article:
- A.J. Martinez has resumed practicing after recovering from his offseason snowboarding accident.
- UH finally got a usable Charleston Southern game tape.
- Malcolm Lane is profiled.
"I had a really bad concussion as a kid," Brennan said yesterday after the Warriors' practice. "I was throwing up. I was taking too many shots to the head."The Warrior Insider has an interview with soon-to-be Warrior Jesse Williams. Here's an excerpt:
Brennan was 14, in his final year of Pop Warner youth football before advancing to high school ball.
Warrior Insider: Do you have anything you want to say to the thousands of Warrior fans?Welcome Jesse! UPDATE: This link to the interview no longer works. Hopefully it'll be back up later.
Jesse: Just like to thank Hawaii for this great opportunity, and I will do my best to uphold the Warrior name on and off the field.
And finally, in other sprained ankle news, former UH linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa talks about recovering from his ankle injury and hoping to get back out on the field for the Rams.
Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa took part in practice on a limited basis Wednesday, spurring hope that he'll be able to play in the St. Louis Rams' game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"I see myself on the field," Tinoisamoa said. "I feel good, but we'll see how the coaches see it. I had a good practice today, but we'll see how it goes."
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
The Sports Network has a UH-Charleston Southern preview.
Ken Burger of The Post and Courier on Charleston.net writes about what the CSU team is getting out of the 4,759 mile trip.
If it sounds like a long way to go to play a three-hour football game, it is. But Mills believes it will be an educational experience of a lifetime for his players.Here's a good article about quarterbacks playing in spread offenses, i.e. "systems." Missouri's Chase Daniel discusses his offense and mentions Colt Brennan:
While the Bucs will spend more than 20 hours in the air (leaving today and arriving back on Monday morning), they'll get a chance to play tourist as well as football.
"We're going to take them to Pearl Harbor and we'll attend a luau on Friday night," Mills said.
That's the good news. The bad news is that Saturday night they'll also get a good look at Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan, a Heisman Trophy candidate.
Asked about being called a system quarterback this summer, Brennan told Sports Illustrated: "Damn right I am. And I love this system."And finally, here's an update on Gabe Tuata, who left the Warriors earlier this year because he didn't want to grayshirt. Looks like he's doing pretty good at Pasadena College. Maybe one day he'll be back.
Daniel agrees. He got to know Brennan when they were counselors during the EA Sports Elite 11 Quarterback camp in late July. Daniel said they talked about the misconceptions that attach themselves to players in offenses like theirs.
"No matter what system you’re in, when you throw for 4,500 yards and freaking 60 touchdowns, you deserve the credit you should get," Daniel said. "No doubt about it."
UPDATE: Dave Reardon writes that QB Kiran Kepo'o appears to be okay, but remains hospitalized after a bicycle accident last night. Sounds like it could've been a lot worse. Hope they find out what happened.
Tyler Graunke is running the offense again today with Colt Brennan out with the ankle sprain. Colt is off the crutches, but limping noticably. Nothing’s wrong with his arm, though. He’s tossing the ball around with Ryan Grice-Mullins.Stephen Tsai reports that Malcolm Lane is the top backup at both wideout positions.
In the meantime, Lane was allowed to take reps at left wideout. The coaches believe Lane deserves more playing time, which is why he was elevated to No. 2 at left wideout.The Warrior Insider interviews Corbin Brown, who has committed to become a Warrior, pending an official official offer. Here's an excerpt:
He also is expcted to be crafted a larger role at right wideout, where C.J. Hawthorne started the first three games.
Warrior Insider: What was it about Hawaii that made you want to commit?Right on. And The Warrior Insider interviews a defensive line recruit from Australia named Jesse Williams.
Corbin Brown:The coaches, the quality of the football program and school, and of course Paradise! But mostly, the fans who have endorsed my abilities, and sent their warm welcome! No where else I went even came close to it.
Jessie Williams stands 6 5″, weighs 302 lbs, benches 320 lbs, leg presses 980 lbs and is only sixteen years old. He played basketball as a youth and moved well under the hoop.
So how do you compare Hawaii with your other US Mainland visits?Excellent.
“During my recent visit to the US Mainland, coaches at BYU were interested, and I have been asked to consider Arizona State as well, but something feels right about UH” said Jesse.
What position do you want to play at the collegiate level?
“As far as I know the coaches from UH are recruiting me for the Defensive line, my preferred position” said Jesse
UPDATE: Sportsbow reports that Williams committed to UH today. Congratulations to Jesse!
Even when Brennan returns, Graunke said, "I have to keep pushing him. Not just for him, but for me, too. He can go down at any play, and the coach could throw me in there any play randomly. I have to be ready to go, and know what to do on the field. I have to be mentally prepared. I have to be physically prepared. I've been here a long time. I know my reads."Also from the article, Greg McMackin talks about getting Ryan Mouton more playing time.
"We think he's one of our better players," McMackin said. "We're trying to get him on the field more."Tsai also writes about Tuika Tufaga joining the team, as well as Aloha Stadium enforcing illegal tailgating rules.
McMackin said Mouton is impressive because of "his quickness, his football savvy and great attitude. He knows where the ball is. He's a good tackler. He's a hard-nosed, well-rounded football player."
Dave Reardon profiles Tyler Graunke, who talks about running the first team.
"I have my own group of receivers and my own group of linemen. Today, I got thrown in there with the 1's and it feels good," Graunke said. "Put everybody on my back and let's go, let's do it. I get to be a leader and get to show everybody what I can do."And Colt had some praise for his fellow QB.
"Typical Tyler," said Brennan when asked to evaluate his backup's practice performance. "He always goes in there and does well.Also from the article, Herman Frazier talks about next year's schedule.
"If I'm ready to go Saturday, my intention is to get in there and get my reps and then let the younger guys go. I won't really know until Thursday or Friday, but I have every intention of playing. But whether I play or not, I expect Tyler to have a big game."
"We've got to fine-tune a couple of other things," Frazier said. "There's two teams still involved and we expect to get that done very quickly. For the most part, with the offers we had on the table they've pretty much been accepted. We just have to work out some kinks."Quickly moving on from that topic, Dave Reardon writes about Blaze Soares, who's been recovering from injury and is eager to hit somebody.
"I think (playing against a I-AA opponent) is perfect for me, it'll let me get all my rust (off)," Soares said. "I can get back into the mode. I might have plenty mistakes but it's going to be a good game to build on for me.Awww yeah, I feel sorry for all the unsuspecting fools in his path. Also from Reardon's article:
"That's my goal, to play Saturday. I've got a lot of football stored up in me."
- La Tech coach Derek Dooley says he never swore at Davone Bess. Bess still says he did.
- Erik Robinson practiced yesterday after his paperwork issues were cleared up.
- Jason Rivers sat out practice with a stiff back.
"The Heisman, that's the least of my worries. If I came out in the first quarter and we won every game, I'd do that. I mean if my numbers were bad (for Heisman purposes), that wouldn't matter as long as we won."Great to hear. And Ferd sums it up excellently:
There's a lot to be said about somebody who isn't going to get blinded by the pursuit of individual glory to the detriment of his team. Even when it is the most prized individual honor in sports and a multi-million-dollar marketing boon to its winner.
Now, that's the kind of guy you'd like to see handed the Heisman Trophy come December.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
And one from KGMB's Liz Chun, with an interview of Tyler Graunke, who may see a lot of playing time due to Colt's injury:
Visit Chawan Cut's Youtube page for more.
Author J. David Miller of Warriorshaka.com has written a funny article about being a Warrior fan in a sea of Gator fans in Florida. He knows how to represent.
Hehe. Can't wait to read the book, which he mentions will come out in a few weeks. And I'm not just saying that because he gave TWWT a shout-out.
Second, the local sports bar here in
St. Petersburgis called Beef ‘O’ Brady’s; imagine Murphy’s in , and you get the picture. It’s where everybody gathers for wings, fun, brew and, sigh, Honolulu football. Franc Urso, the owner, has become sympathetic to my Florida cause, thanks largely to the kind, personal letter he received from June Jones. Covertly, unbeknownst to the Hawaii faithful, I’m quietly taking over the establishment. Last week, my publisher sent table-tents for the book, so at each table, you can now find the story of Florida football. Hawaii
There is nothing more refreshing than hearing a
Floridafan say, “Why is there stuff all over the place?” Hawaii
And Charleston.com has a short preview of the UH-Charleston Southern game.
Charleston Southern football coach Jay Mills joked Tuesday that he tried to contractually limit the playing time of Hawaii's Heisman Trophy candidate, quarterback Colt Brennan.
"When we drew up the contract, the last thing I wanted to put in there was that Colt could only play two series in the game, one in each half," said Mills, whose club will travel to No. 19 Hawaii this weekend.
A I-AA team has agreed to play UH at Aloha Stadium on Sept. 6, between the Warriors’ opener at Florida and a Sept. 13 game at Oregon State. Frazier said he will announce the name of the opponent soon.But what I want to know is, when will Herman make an announcement to announce that there will be an announcement regarding the schedule? And when will that announcement be delayed? I kid, I kid.
The Dec. 6 home opponent has been narrowed down to a choice of two teams from BCS conferences.
Dave Reardon also has a practice report from today. Here's an excerpt:
Colt Brennan, on crutches, is talking with WR Jason Rivers, who is also not practicing today (with a sore back). LB Blaze Soares is running around, but haven’t seen him take reps yet. DE Karl Noa, who played a fine game Saturday, is not with the No. 1’s — probably resting a shoulder ailment.Also from that entry, Reardon writes that Tuika Tufaga, a 6'3" 285-pound defensive lineman, is walking on and will be eligible to play next year. Excellent.
Sportshawaii.com's uhwarriors has posted a great report of the Na Koa lunch where June Jones went over the UNLV game. You can also ask Coach Jones any question on your mind tonight on KKEA's Call the Coach.
The UH Athletic Department has a new article about this Saturday's Charleston Southern game, with some trivia and ways to follow the action. There's also a new press release linked on this page.
And the AP has a preview of the game.
Brown said the Warriors have shown interest the longest. He also was recruited by Oregon State, Colorado State, Nevada and Princeton.But Dave Reardon writes that it's not a completely done deal just yet.
"I've become close to the (UH) coaches," Brown said. "I feel comfortable with Hawai'i's program. My playing style would fit in a lot better."
— two sources close to the situation say there is no actual scholarship offer yet. Before there is one, a key person in this process needs to at least see tape of Brown, and he hasn’t yet.Hopefully it's just formalities. The coaches may be trying to focus on another tape issue, as Tsai's article continues:
CSU sent three DVDs of its season-opening loss to The Citadel. None, according to UH sources, was useable.Uh oh, shades of Michigan State. Also from the article:
The video of the special teams was shot from an angle making it difficult to identify the CSU players. The defensive video was not synchronized. And the video of the CSU offense was "not readable," according to people familiar with the situation.
- Colt Brennan practiced the new haka on crutches.
- Despite having 14 tackles and being named WAC POTW, Solomon Elimimian was disappointed in his performance.
- Blaze Soares, recovering from injury, participated in conditioning drills.
"He was everywhere," UH head coach June Jones said. "He made a lot of plays just flying around to the ball. We had three or four guys play well. I thought the overall scheme really settled and got going and I see an attitude starting to happen now."Solomon also talks about playing in the 4-3:
Elimimian is thriving in the middle of UH's 4-3 alignment, which often funnels running backs to him. Adam Leonard has also adjusted to playing on the outside. He had 11 stops last week.Kalani Simpson writes about the Warriors' coming off the road trip as a stronger team.
"You have to be a more sideline-to-sideline player, it's a lot more blitzing," Elimimian said of his role in the scheme compared to last year's 3-4 base defense. "You have to be in charge of the defense and make sure everybody is in the right place.
"I can make more plays and it just fits our personnel on defense."
The trip to Louisiana Tech was every bit as dangerous as anyone could have imagined (and most of us didn't). But Hawaii survived it. Despite being roughed up and taken to the brink by a vastly inferior opponent, it turned into a hugely positive thing.And finally, Rivals.com has their new power rankings out, with Colt Brennan as the #1 QB, and three Warrior receivers, Davone Bess, Jason Rivers and Ryan Grice-Mull(en)ins listed in the Top 25.
Those are games you point to later down the line, and say everything started right there.