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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Scrimmage Today (w/UPDATES)

Today is the first scrimmage of the spring. Dave Reardon has a preview:
Most established veteran players won't participate, and if they do it will be for just a few plays, coach Greg McMackin said. The 30- to 40-play scrimmage is mostly a tool to evaluate newcomers and others bidding to make the team or climb the depth chart.
Reardon will have live reports from the practice field. Check out the Warrior Beat, which may have reports as well. Several Sportshawaii.com members will be there, so check out their football forum for any fan reports. Warrior Sports Network may have some too.

UPDATE: Reardon reports that Rocky Savaiigaea sprained his right ankle.
Rocky Savaiigaea, perhaps the brightest star of spring camp, sprained his right ankle today. He said he wants to come back Monday, but Greg McMackin doesn’t want him to rush.
Reardon also has some notes and a play-by-play.

Stephen Tsai has posted a practice report. Here's an excerpt:
During the kill-everybody-but-the-QB scrimmage, there were five fumbles in 23 plays, including three on the snap exchange. Coach Greg McMackin acknowledged that the play turned sloppy when the seldom-used players entered into the rotation. The offensive line also was without three injured top-tier players — AhSoon, center John Estes (hamstring) and left tackle Laupepa Letuli (hamstring).
UPDATE 2 (by Chawan Cut): Princess Leila has video coverage here:

I have some pics I took that I'll link to later.

UPDATE 3 (Back to Tombo): Here's a link to Dave Reardon's scrimmage play-by-play.

And here's a Sportshawaii.com thread that links to Chawan's photos from today's practice. It also has a report from NelsonO. I can't post photos (computer on the fritz), but here's and excerpt from the report:
Somebody asked me today if Quentin Beaver can run. C’mon now…Beaver is pushing 350 pounds around.
He is a defensive tackle; not a deep-threat wide receiver. I’ll tell you this…When Beaver is in there, he commands a double-team.

The bad news is that safeties Le’Marcus Gibson, Erik Robinson, and Viliami Nauahi are all out with injuries. The good news is that newcomer Mana Silva has made the most of his opportunity. Silva was lining up with the second group today.


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