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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Fonoti Injured, Central Arkansas, Lametrius Davis, Shout-Outs

Stephen Tsai has some potentially devastating news for the UH defense.
Defensive end Fetaiagogo "John" Fonoti today was carted off the field after suffering an apparent knee injury during 11-on-11 drills. Fonoti is considered to be the Warriors' best defensive lineman.
That's no good.

UPDATE: The post has been updated with some hopefully good news.
Fonoti said an initial medical test showed a hyper-extension of the left knee. An MRI will be performed today.
Fonoti said he is hopeful of playing in Friday's season opener against Central Arkansas.
Head coach Greg McMackin also was optimistic of a quick recovery.
"He's John Fonoti," McMackin said.
Tsai also mentions that Rich Miano and Nate Ilaoa will be today's guest on The Warrior Beat Show, today at noon HST.

Central Arkansas is also dealing with injuries.
The University of Central Arkansas football team will head to Hawaii on Wednesday minus two preseason all-conference football players.

Willie Landers, the leading return wide receiver, is out for the season after knee surgery from an injury sustained on the first day of practice. Fullback Nick Cowger of Vilonia has reinjured a knee and will be out indefinitely, possibly for the season.
Stephen Tsai profiles Lametrius Davis, who will start at one of the cornerback spots on Friday. He has a pretty amazing life story. Tsai also talks to John Estes about being named to CBS Sports' All-American 2nd team.
Center John Estes has been named to the CBSSports.com's 2009 Preseason All-America second team.

"It's an honor, I guess," Estes said. "It's good to be on. But I want to be on it at the end of the season, not before the season."
Jason Kaneshiro also profiles Lametrius Davis.

Ferd Lewis writes about the high hopes for Greg Salas.
Salas is the Warriors' most accomplished returning receiver, a veteran of 14 starts, 57 catches and 831 yards who grew before our eyes as an outside receiver last season. At 6 feet 2 and 205 pounds, the move inside this year is expected to only expand his opportunities and enhance his game-breaking value.

To put up points, the Warriors understand that they have to get the ball in his hands more often, as much as doubling the 4.7 catches per game he averaged in 2008. To win, they know they'll have to dial him up on third-and-long situations and get him in the end zone more than three times (his 2008 total).
HawaiiAthletics.com has game notes and info for Friday's season opener.

Check out the UCAFans.com message board for the Central Arkansas fan perspective.

Kaneshiro previews San Jose State.

Here's a shout-out to Hard Knock Sports for giving us a shout-out.

And while we're giving shout-outs, here's a shout-out to the Sports Animals for giving us on-air shout-outs in the past.

And while we're on 1420 AM, a shout-out to the Bobby Curran Show for responding to our tweet that one time.


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