The Warriors opened spring practice this morning with a 2-hour workout on the grass fields.
>> Former UH and San Jose State head coach Dick Tomey was among the observers. Tomey retired from SJSU following last season and recently moved back to Hawaii.
>> Defensive end Elliott Purcell and cornerback Tank Hopkins are recovering from offseason surgeries and didn’t participate. With Purcell out, Liko Satele was first in the rotation at left defensive end with Paipai Falemalu on the right.
“We just don’t want to take any chances,” UH head coach Greg McMackin said. “We’re not going to push anyone that’s injured until the trainers tell us.”
>> Cornerback Jeramy Bryant dropped a digit off his jersey. He’s now No. 8 after wearing 18 last year.
>> The coaching staff took a look at two potential walk-on kickers during the field-goal period. They kicked along with Scott Enos and a decision on their status could come as soon as tomorrow.
>> The Warriors next practice is Friday at 7 a.m. They’ll put the pads on for Saturday morning’s session.
Hawaii’s pro day is tomorrow at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Members of last season’s senior class expected to participate in the workout include offensive linemen John Estes, Ray Hisatake, Raphael Ieru, Aaron Kia; linebackers Blaze Soares and R.J. Kiesel-Kauhane; defensive linemen Victor Clore, Fetaiagogo Fonoti, Chris Leatigaga, Tua Mahaley, Rocky Savaiigaea and Tuika Tufaga; running backs Leon Wright-Jackson and Jayson Rego and receiver Jovonte Taylor.
Lineman Laupepa Letuli and linebacker Brashton Satele are also expected to workout while they await rulings on their appeals for a sixth year of eligibility.
Former Warriors Nate Ilaoa, Daniel Libre, Jakeem Hawkins, Fale Laeli and Erik Robinson are also slated to participate. The UH staff will also give former SJSU defensive end Carl Ihenacho a chance to participate.