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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Kaniela a starter, Sampson and Hardy-Tuliau to play, etc.

Stephen Tsai reports that Kaniela Tuipulotu will start at right defensive tackle.
Tuipulotu, who entered training camp No. 2 on the depth chart behind Haku Correa, emerged as a starter after an impressive preseason.

"He really came into camp focused and determined," defensive coordinator Dave Aranda said of the former All-State lineman from Kahuku High. "He's had a really good fall camp."

Tuipulotu credited hard work, improved health and a shorter belt.
Tsai also writes that slotback/returner Allen Sampson will play as a true freshman.
Sampson, who is considered to be the one of the fastest on the team, said he wanted to make it difficult for the coaches to decide whether to use him this season.

"He didn't make it hard; he made it easy for us," McMackin said. "We're not going to redshirt him. He's a player. He is our quickest player. He's going to fit into our return game. He's also learned the (offensive) package. He's probably a second-unit slot right now."
There's also some news that cornerback John Hardy-Tuliau will also play this year, while Darius Bright, Beau Yap and Bubba Luna may see time as well. I like it. Play the best!

With Tsai's info, I've updated my 2010 roster by class with current starters in bold. Looks like the offensive starters consist entirely of upperclassmen (8 seniors, 3 juniors) while the defense is a little more spread out with freshman George Daily-Lyles getting the nod at middle linebacker and sophomore Paipai Falemalu starting at strongside linebacker.

College Football Zealot has a 2010 UH preview in which I answer a few questions. Thanks to Kevin at CFZ.

Ferd Lewis details the conference the WAC might've been if the bastards at Nevada and Fresno didn't ruin it for everyone.

That being said, there just might be hope. Maybe. I'm not holding my breath.

And here's a bunch of USC blogs and message boards for your perusal:


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