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Sunday, August 30, 2009

SB's UH Football Preview, Breakdown, Offense, Etc.

The Star-Bulletin has a 2009 UH football preview with a clever theme and title:

But what does aak mean?
This mag is aak in Internet age

It's essential to keep up to date with the new lingo and technology
Fortunately for the University of Hawaii, McMackin is "aak" and has done his best to bring the program up to date in the war room and on the football field. He understands what those 140 words in a tweet can mean.
Stephen Tsai has a breakdown of each position heading into game week(!!!). Here's an excerpt about the secondary:
Ailments have led to a shuffling of the secondary nearly every practice. Safeties Mana Silva and Kenny Estes have missed time. Tank Hopkins and Lametrius Davis were set to share the left cornerback's job. But both have had minor injuries, and Kawika Ornellas, who was added to the active roster two weeks ago after suffering from tendinitis in both knees, has taken reps as the No. 1 corner. Jeramy Bryant is set at right corner. The Warriors have three different schemes involving a fifth defensive back. Aaron Brown and Richard Torres each have specific roles as nickelbacks.
Jason Kaneshiro takes a look at the UH offense.
"I think we're right on schedule," Lee said after putting the receivers through some extra drills after Friday's practice. "We're giving the first two units all the reps (this) week to really sharpen up the timing with the QBs.

"We dropped a couple passes (during Thursday's practice). That's why we stayed after working on our hands. But I think we're right on schedule. We just need to go play."

One of the facets that might cause Lee some anxiety is the lack of game experience for most of the receiver corps aside from returnees Greg Salas and Kealoha Pilares.

Jovonte Taylor, Jon Medeiros, Royce Pollard and Joe Avery combined for 15 catches last season. Rodney Bradley, a projected starter at wide receiver, is looking forward to his Division I debut, as are redshirt juniors Ryan Henry and Dustin Blount.

"They're talented as can be and they understand what we're doing, but we're going to see how they play on (Friday)," Lee said. "We're coming along nicely; we're ahead of last season by a bunch. It's just a matter how they show up when the lights go on."
And Kaneshiro previews Utah State.


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