Spring practice No. 9

by Stephen Tsai on March 11, 2017

> There was a bit of a scare when left tackle Dejon Allen was carted off the field because of an ankle injury. But Nick Rolovich said “it likes he’ll be OK,” although Allen probably will be held out of contact drills for the rest of spring practice. That will open the way for tackles Matt Norman, Kingjames Taylor, Austin Webb and Chris Posa to get more reps.

> The Warriors are trying the hit method on quarterback Cole Brownholtz. In practices, UH quarterbacks usually wear the orange jerseys indicating they cannot be hit in contact drills. But before today’s scrimmage-like session, Brownholtz was told to switch to a white jersey. The intent is that if Brownholtz is “live” — free to be hit — he might stay in the pocket longer instead of scrambling.

> Safety Daniel Lewis, who underwent surgery for a sports hernia two months ago, has proven he is back to good health. Lewis made two ferocious tackles in the scrimmage.

> A semester off did some good for defensive tackle Kalepo Naotala, who agreed to grayshirt in 2016 to allow his knee injury to heal. Although he is built like a space eater, Naotala is proving to be effective in shooting through gaps.

> A nearly forgotten defensive tackle, Ka‘aumoana Gifford, is having a good spring. His grandfather, a fellow member of the cardiac-zipper club, is popular for hosting the tailgate-that’s-not-really-a-tailgate after Saturday practices.

1 Peskadot March 11, 2017 at 2:43 pm

Mean I just discovered kodi, watching Hawaii news now from da mainland. Ekahi

2 SteveM March 11, 2017 at 3:24 pm

Second!

Peskadot — what is is your city of residence if outside Hawaii?
For the records…. http://stevem.altervista.org/mainintpost.html

3 H-Man March 11, 2017 at 4:13 pm

Agree about Naotala, I think he can even play DE with his quickness.

4 Ipu Man March 11, 2017 at 5:17 pm

Sounds like some serious
Katooooosh going on 🙂

5 Peskadot March 11, 2017 at 5:33 pm

Aloha TsaiKos, I not sure how for update the spreadsheet but I stay in the D.C. area. Mahalo for adding me.

6 cappie the dog March 11, 2017 at 7:29 pm

New Orleans is in.

Remember when they came to Hawaii, with the specter of Division III basketball dangling before them, and they had to suit up their Asian-American team manager because they ran out of subs?

7 Maddog50 March 11, 2017 at 7:47 pm

Here’s to Kau Gifford being heard from and breaking out-big fan of KG!

8 WarriorNY March 11, 2017 at 9:36 pm

Peskadot,
The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club!

Kodi…LOL

9 cappie the dog March 12, 2017 at 6:05 am

San Jose State, and especially, Nevada, are having down seasons. Sacred Heart, RPI-wise, is better than the Spartans and the Wolf Pack. Hawaii can sweep the latter.

Indiana is underperforming.

If Hawaii goes:

Indiana(2-2)
San Jose State(3-1)
Nevada(4-0)

Hawaii will be, contingent on them completing the sweep today against Sacred Heart, 19-8.

1. They will be ranked.
2. They will have an RPI around the high forties.

UC-Irvine, I think, has helped guarantee the Big West, possibly, four slots in the NCAA Tournament by taking the first two games against top-ranked Texas Christian.

Hawaii is in good shape for an at-large bid.

It comes down to middle relief. (Maybe the Bows found its closer in Patrick Martin.)

Win today, and watch Hawaii show up at #30 in tomorrow’s Collegiate Baseball poll.

10 H-Man March 12, 2017 at 10:25 am

SA Sports Breaking News: Warrior defensive end Tago suspended from spring training.

11 Stephen Tsai March 12, 2017 at 10:36 am

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