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Monday, June 01, 2009

Offseason Workouts

Stephen Tsai writes about the UH football team's offseason workouts.
Every returning Warrior and recruit receives The Book, officially the "2009 Warrior Strength and Conditioning Manual."
It is a day-by-day guide detailing workout drills and exercises. There also is a section for specific workouts based on a player's position.
Whether a player follows the guidlines will be known Aug. 3, the first day of training camp.
For the Warriors, that is the measure of a successful summer.
And over the weekend, Ferd Lewis pointed out some possible motivation for participating in offseason workouts.
This year, defending champion Boise State and Nevada are 1-2 in most magazine forecasts. UH is coming off a 7-7 (5-3 WAC) season in which the Warriors finished behind Boise State and in a three-way tie for second place with Nevada and Louisiana Tech.

Of his UH pick, Steele writes: "My main concern is just two returning starters (fewest in the WAC) on defense with 11 of their top 13 tacklers gone. UH will be potent offensively but after finishing first in the WAC in 2007 and second last year, it looks like a bigger step back in 2009."

While Steele forecasts the most precipitous drop for UH, three other of the early-issued magazines — The Sporting News, Lindy's and Athlon — all see the Warriors as fifth-place worthy.

"Hawai'i will be hard pressed to remain in the upper tier of the WAC," notes Lindy's football annual. "This team is still in transition as it tries to redefine run-and-shoot approach."
Awww damn.


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