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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Spring Day 10

Stephen Tsai writes that Kealoha Pilares is on the move again, but in a different way.
Pilares, who has played three offensive positions at UH — sometimes all in the same calendar year — yesterday was given new duties as the Warriors' No. 1 right slotback. He aligned wide, in the slot, in the backfield and, a few times, in motion. It is part of the Warriors' renewed philosophy of helping playmakers make plays.

"We've been talking about it for years," Pilares said. "Finally, we're getting around to installing it."
Tsai also talks to Corey Paredes and Ryan Henry.

Jason Kaneshiro takes a look at the wideouts.
Pollard has been working with the first unit on the right side (Z receiver) and is being pushed by redshirt freshman Billy Ray Stutzmann. The left side (X receiver) — where Bradley lined up last year before his injury — is led by Joe Avery, Mike Tinoco and newcomer Darius Bright.
Leila Wai has a video about the running game which includes interviews with Coach Brian Smith, Chizzy Dimude and Hogan Rosehill:



Hawaii News Now has a story about Bryant Moniz missing the rest of spring practice.

And following up on an earlier post by Stephen Tsai, The Oregonian has a story about former Oregon State linebacker David Pa’aluhi possibly transferring to UH.
Oregon State coach Mike Riley confirmed Monday that former Beavers’ middle linebacker David Pa’aluhi is contemplating a transfer to Hawaii, where conceivably he would be eligible to play in 2011 when the two teams face each other in Honolulu.

Pa’aluhi would have been a starter on OSU’s 2010 team and at 5-foot-11 and 233 pounds he was projected to be one of the top linebackers in the Pacific 10 Conference.

However, Pa’aluhi left school in February, telling Riley it was because of personal issues and his desire to join the military.
Apparently, playing closer to home- he is from Waianae, Hawaii – will allow Pa’aluhi to better handle a situation where he has a girlfriend and child but still wants to continue with football and make progress towards his political science degree.

Riley said after several conversations with Pa’aluhi’s father, who did not want his son to join the Army, he decided to grant Pa’aluhi his release to play for Hawaii.