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Friday, April 18, 2008

Day 10 Wrap-Ups: Medeiros, Lane, Etc.

Here's a CCC (Chawan Cut Compilation) of last night's news. KHON's Kanoa Leahey profiles C.J. Allen-Jones, KITV's Robert Kekaula profiles Daniel Libre, and KGMB's Mike Cherry profiles Kealoha Pilares.

Dave Reardon writes that Greg McMackin is pleased with the progress made in spring practice.
"Our offensive line is getting better daily and lots of big plays are being made on offense and defense," the Hawaii coach said yesterday after the 10th of 15 practices. "The quarterbacks played very well and the defense continues to run to the ball and develop depth."
Stephen Tsai talks to Jon Medeiros, who practiced at first-team slotback yesterday, and gets up really early every morning.
Medeiros, who lives in Makakilo, awakens at 4:15 every morning. He then boards the 5 a.m. bus for the 35-mile, 90-minute ride to the Manoa campus. By 6:45, he is in uniform and on the grass practice field, ready for another spring-training session.

"It's tough, but it's definitely worth it," Medeiros said.
Tsai also interviews Mana Silva and Malcolm Lane, has some practice news and notes, as well as results from last week's HAIA combine.

Reardon talks to Lane about working his way back up the depth chart as he recovers from a sprained ankle.
Now Lane, who said yesterday the ankle is "99.5 percent," is on a mission to re-climb the ladder. In his mind, he's already there.

"I had a rough spot, but I'm still a starter," Lane said after yesterday's practice, which included an impressive touchdown catch in 7-on-7 drills. "I intend to keep working harder and getting better and I don't see anyone taking my position as long as I continue to work hard. Right now I'm working with the third string. I haven't been able to get a lot of plays because I haven't been able to go full-speed. I'm anxious to make plays, get out there and get better."
Jason Kaneshiro and Reardon have a Sports Notebook with a short profile of Medeiros, some details of coach Ikaika Malloe working with the team on punt protection, and details of a nice block made in yesterday's practice:
On the last play of practice, backup guard Joey Lipp crushed hard-charging starting defensive end John Fonoti with a textbook-perfect trap block. It sprung Jake Heun for a gain on what would've been a loss of yards (and a huge collision). The play symbolized how far the offense has come along in the last few days.

"That was done very well," said head coach Greg McMackin, after watching the block on tape.

And now for some legal news:

SI.com's Andy Staples writes that the Daniel Smith case may be headed to court.

And three members of Congress, including Hawaii's Neil Abercrombie, want the Justice Department to investigate whether the Bowl Championship Series is an illegal enterprise.
Representatives Neil Abercrombie, Democrat of Hawaii; Lynn Westmoreland, Republican of Georgia; and Mike Simpson, Republican of Idaho, introduced a resolution saying the B.C.S. restricts trade because only the largest universities compete in its games. The resolution would require the Justice Department’s antitrust division to investigate if the B.C.S. violates federal law.


  • At Friday, April 18, 2008 at 1:39:00 PM HST, Anonymous niall yamane said…

    Just wanted to say hi and thanks for all the posts. FYI, on Tuesday nite I watched the Florida Gators play their annual spring football game. They played two quaterbacks: Tebow and Newton. Newton is a sophmore who is challenging for the starting position. He is a pure passer and after watching him, I have to say he is as good as Colt. He is huge, 6'4" and about 240 and has a rifle arm that he used to hit receiver after receiver. When he ran the offense, all he did was pass and pile up the yards. He is a much better passer than Tebow and I think he will get lots of playing time this year. Our D is going to have their hands full come August. Keep up the great work.

  • At Friday, April 18, 2008 at 2:27:00 PM HST, Blogger Tombo Ahi said…

    hi niall, thanks for the info. with or without the backup, though i'm sure urban meyer will throw in some surprises, it's gonna be a tough game. only 134 days away!

  • At Friday, April 18, 2008 at 2:35:00 PM HST, Anonymous Kaimuki boy said…

    Good stuff Tombo! They got UA/UH stuff at sports authority. Too bad they only get XL and XXL. Da Kaimuki boy no stay that big.

  • At Friday, April 18, 2008 at 3:34:00 PM HST, Blogger Tombo Ahi said…

    hey kb, what kind of stuff do they have? i'm L right now, but if i keep eating like i have been, XL no problem!


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