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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Idaho Previews, Heun, Pollard, Boise, WAC

The Sports Network has a UH-Idaho preview.

Joe Ferrer of Ka Leo previews the game and writes about Bryant Moniz getting snubbed for the Davey O'Brien award.
The Davey O'Brien Foundation announced its 16 semifinalists for its yearly award given to the nation's top quarterback.
Warrior junior quarterback Bryant Moniz was not on the list, despite leading the Football Bowl Subdivision in passing yards (2,921) and touchdowns (22) this year.
"I don't think there's a whole lot of disappointment," offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich said. "But it doesn't make a whole lot of sense."
Stephen Tsai has news and notes about Jake Heun practicing at running back, Parker Paredes sustaining a shoulder injury, Ryan Henry being scheduled for surgery, and players auditioning to replace him:
Punter Alex Dunnachie gave high marks to slotbacks Kealoha Pilares and Dustin Blount, left wideout Rodney Bradley and safety Richard Torres. Left slotback Greg Salas, who has two punt returns this season, did not participate in that workout.

Dunnachie said Torres has a knack for tracking punts. "He sees the ball really well off the (punter's) foot, and gets in position early," he said.
Kiyomi Ueda of Ka Leo profiles Royce Pollard.
The Warriors' run-and-shoot offense is one of the top in the country, but Pollard knows he and the Warriors would not be successful without hard work.
"Being in this offense in unbelievable," he said. "Being the top just happens because we have one of the most complex offenses and everyone really has to work together, being unselfish, in order for it to work ... It's great to be the top and … we expect it."
Ferd Lewis looks ahead to Boise State.
Suddenly, the trivia question of who inflicted the last WAC loss on the Boise State dynasty 20 games ago is no longer so trivial. The last time the Broncos lost a WAC game -- and a conference title to boot -- it was the Warriors who did the deed.

Back in 2007 the Broncos were on a 17-game WAC winning streak when Colt Brennan & Co. brought things to a screeching halt, 39-27, on their way to the Sugar Bowl.

It will be recalled the Warriors had their chances a year earlier on "the blue" and, except for some costly breakdowns in the kicking game, could have done it in what became a 41-34 loss.

So there is some history for the Broncos to chew on this week. Not that they lack for more current concerns with not only the blossoming of UH's offense but the emergence of the defense.
The WAC will have an announcement today.
Signs point to the Western Athletic Conference announcing an agreement today that will keep defectors Fresno State and Nevada competing in the conference in all sports until June 30, 2012, with a minimal buyout.

The WAC has scheduled a news conference for 6 a.m. Hawaii time today, but commissioner Karl Benson and UH officials would not acknowledge whether a settlement had been reached in the nearly hour-long conference call among the WAC Board of Directors.


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