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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Wed, Thurs news: Kickers, Full contact scrimmage, movin' out... and more injuries

Dave Reardon covers the wide open job for the vacated kicker position.
“It’s very close and it might go down to pregame (of the season opener with Colorado),” said special teams coach Dick Tomey, who is pleased with the situation, despite neither player having attempted a kick in a college game.

Stephen reports on how the team likes the new turf at Aloha Stadium, and thinks it'll be easier on the skin.
The stadium replaced that turf after eight years. Its blades were worn down, creating faster traction but a rougher texture.
The change “was needed,” quarterback David Graves said. “It was notoriously bad for rug burns. People knew when they came to Hawaii, they would get scraped up.”

We don't want BYU crying about the turf again when they come to town to end the season....

And injuries are continuing to hurt, literally. Centers(Lefiti, Afusia), long snappers (Ingram), WRs...

It does give some reps to the backups, including slotback Corey Paclebar, as Jason Kaneshiro reports.
Paclebar has been busier than usual during the first half of fall camp because the projected starters at slotback have been limited by injuries.

In better news, the team got a well needed full contact scrimmage this morning.
Some pictures from practice in the ever-updated daily Warrior Beat blog by Mr. Tsai.
“I want to see the defensive guys hit somebody,” McMackin said. “And we’re going to do some real hitting on special teams. We want to make sure our returners field the ball under pressure.”

Oceanic is going to enter their venture in UH sports with the premiere of their new channel this Friday, with Rainbow Wahine soccer. (I'll still miss K5 =( )
Oceanic, which replaces KFVE as the producer of UH sports after 28 years, said it expects to show approximately 100 events in the 2011-12 school year, starting with the UH-Washington State soccer match. The OCSports channel will be part of Oceanic's basic package, president Bob Barlow said.

And in a preview of this season's opponents, Ferd previews the Colorado Buffaloes.
He is the Buffaloes’ new defensive coordinator and secondary coach. Watching time fly this month can be a scary proposition for someone charged with trying to keep Bryant Moniz’s passes from also taking accurate flight.

And here's the last two night's news, with video featuring the linebackers, Royce Pollard and highlights from today's scrimmage:


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