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Friday, February 08, 2008

2008 Class / Graunke, UPDATE: Recruit highlight vids from UH site

Jason Kaneshiro covers Coach Greg McMackin's press conference discussing the new recruits.
Speed was a theme Greg McMackin hit on repeatedly during the close to 40 minutes he spent discussing his first recruiting class as Hawaii football coach.

There was both the on-field quickness that McMackin covets in recruits and the type shown by the Warriors coaching staff in identifying and putting together a group of 22 signees in a three-week span.

"It was a fast three weeks, but it was a fun three weeks," McMackin said during a press conference in which he addressed the attributes of this year's group of newcomers.

The group was split evenly between offense and defense, and between high schoolers and junior college players who he feels will make an instant impact, particularly at wide receiver and cornerback.

"Speed is a big deal to us," he said, "and these players, all of them, have speed."
Kaneshiro goes on to break down how the players in this class could impact each position.

Stephen Tsai has a detailed list of the new Warriors, with stats, info, quotes from McMackin (some different than what was in the UH press release), and credit for the coach who recruited each player. The article also has a link to the Princess' video from McMackin's press conference.

And Tsai has more details about Tyler Graunke's suspension.
Graunke, who will be a fifth-year senior in the fall, said he needs to change his major.

"I have to get the proposal approved," he said. "I'm going through the process. ... It's not going to have an effect on spring ball or my eligibility. There are things I need to take care of."

McMackin and Graunke met Wednesday afternoon.

Right before the first Super Games competition Wednesday, the team was told that Graunke would not be a participant in the off-season program. There are 10 teams in the Super Games composed of UH players, with each team earning — or losing — points based on academic and workout performances.
"I'm disappointed," Graunke said. "I see the team working out together. I'm still working out."

He added: "I remain committed to football. I have to take care of that other stuff. It's not going to be a problem."

UPDATE: UH Athletics website has highlight videos of the new crop of recruits. 2 separate videos, one for the local boys and one for the mainlanders... can't wait till they all become Warriors. (there's no audio, so its not just you).


  • At Friday, February 8, 2008 at 9:00:00 AM HST, Anonymous fuzzylogic said…

    Not worried about Tyler--I see his situation as not that much of a problem and he just needs to focus on school first. I can't see him letting things slide anymore if he expects to be the starting QB--sometimes everyone needs a wake up call.

    I also found Tsai's article on the new recruits interesting as it is the first time I remember seeing who the recruiter was for each new recruit. Maybe giving the recruiter credit will make them all work harder if that is possible--recognition always is beneficial.

  • At Friday, February 8, 2008 at 10:25:00 AM HST, Anonymous WW said…

    It's uup to Tyler, he got to think of the team first and Mack is great to be on top of it all.

    It's exciting to see Mack take hold of the rein and steer the team towards a new season.

    For me, I will forever be a die hard fan like many others, and look forward to an exciting season.

    Thanks for the updates, got my fix for the day.

    Mahalo, Tombo Aloha WTG

  • At Friday, February 8, 2008 at 1:55:00 PM HST, Anonymous franksabunch said…

    After all these years of waiting Graunke better not blow his chance now. That would be sad. I am looking forward to (eventually) seeing UH with a good size QB...I can't remember the last time we had one who had an NFL sized body...if ever.

  • At Friday, February 8, 2008 at 2:53:00 PM HST, Anonymous fuzzylogic said…

    franksabunch--way back in the 70's I think there was that Hawaii quarterback that went on to the NFL and then did a bunch of coaching in the NFL and some collegiate coaching--his name was something like June Jones.

    I think another big QB for Hawaii might have been Shawn Withy-Allen--I believe something like 6' 4".

    But you right, too few and far between.

  • At Saturday, February 9, 2008 at 6:49:00 AM HST, Anonymous Kaimuki boy said…

    How about Raphel Cherry? Although, he ended up playing corner in the NFL.

    I like that we can have our own jumbo package for the offense with Alexander, Cox, and Heun. Of course Sione would be WO, just in case you want to play action and throw a jump ball to our 6' 5" receiver in the back of the end zone.

    I cannot say enough of how I love this new class of recruits to build on the existing team to make it better.


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