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Thursday, September 16, 2010

John Hardy-Tuliau, Vegas, Moniz, CU

Stephen Tsai has an excellent profile of John Hardy-Tuliau.
Indeed, the freshman's play has given the coaches reason for pause.

His play also has earned him a special role as a defensive back for Saturday's road game against Colorado.

"I like everything about him," UH head coach Greg McMackin said. "I like his speed. I like his smarts. He's tall (5-foot-11), and he's quick, really quick. He has agility. You name it. He has those qualities."
Tsai writes about the Warriors keeping up with their academic responsibilities on the road.
For this three-city, 13-day road trip, the Warriors worked out assignments with their professors in advance. The lessons are online, and homework is submitted through e-mail. There are academic advisers traveling to administer tests. Study halls are mandatory.

"You have to keep up," said Allen Sampson, a freshman receiver. "Coach (Greg McMackin) makes sure that school comes first. A lot of times, he'll cancel meetings so we can study."
Tsai also notes that Aaron Brown returned to practice yesterday, and center Matagisila Lefiti has been cleared for practice. The coaches have a dilemma when they get back since Bronson Tiwanak has been doing so well.

Ray Brewer of the Las Vegas Sun writes about UH's stopover in Summerlin.
“This is a great situation for us,” Hawaii coach Greg McMackin said. “We have great kids. People think I am crazy for bringing the kids to Vegas, but we’ve had no problems here. There are no distractions. We treat this like a business trip.”
John Henderson of the Denver Post profiles Bryant Moniz.
It's a good thing Bryant Moniz doesn't have his old job anymore.

Imagine how long it would take if every person he meets realizes the guy at the door delivering their pizza is the quarterback credited for Hawaii's current football revival.

The pizzas in the truck would've gone cold by the time he escaped the first porch
Apparently, UH better keep Colorado to less than 200 yards rushing.
There is plenty of evidence to suggest the Buffs could put themselves in position to win much more often than they have been winning lately if they can build a stronger running game. According to research from the CU sports information department, the Buffs are 79-5-1 since 1989 when rushing for more than 200 yards in a game. They are 127-14-3 when out-rushing an opponent in that same time.

In Hawkins' career as a head coach, his teams are 38-1 when rushing for 200 or more yards in a game, including a 6-1 mark at CU.

"We do practice it," Hagan said of the running game. "It's not an excuse for us not to be a dominant team. When we call it, we should expect more. (Last week) is only one game and things will get better from here. I believe that."
On the flipside, it might be a good time to unleash the Alex Green and Chizzy Dimude Show.
Considering that Hawaii has passed for 802 yards and run for only 139 in two games, expect CU to retain the extra defensive back for a majority of the plays.
Dave Reardon profiles CU coach Brian Cabral, who has hopes to be a head coach some day.

And finally, a Colorado student wants the school to reimburse him for his trip to California.
"I was just so disappointed by our team, again, and I wanted to make a point to the athletic department about it," Lounis said.

And a statement was definitely made when Lounis sent an e-mail to the athletic department requesting reimbursement for his ticket and travel expenses.

"That does not even deserve a response," CU athletics spokesman David Plati wrote in an e-mail Tuesday.


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