Saole and Monteilh may be out for season

October 29th, 2007
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Jason Kaneshiro reports that the big items from June Jones’ news conference today are that Rustin Saole and Keao Monteilh could both be done because of injuries.

Saole, a backup linebacker and special teams stud, hurt his knee and Monteilh injured his shoulder Saturday. Tests are still being done on Monteilh, who is UH’s starting free safety. Saole is a senior, and Monteilh is listed as a junior, although records indicate he may be a senior in eligibility.

Linebackers coach Cal Lee is holding out hope that Saole is not out for the year. “The medical people haven’t told us yet,” Lee said. “But it may be an ACL (in which case, Saole needs surgery and is out for the season).”

More on these injuries and other UH football topics from Jason in tomorrow’s Star-Bulletin.

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Bye-bye, again.

I’ve got this week off, burning off the rest of my vacation in anticipation of a very busy last two months of the year overflowing into January that could include documenting a Heisman finalist, perhaps an undefeated season and maybe even a BCS bowl. Yes, a lot of things have to fall into place, but they all could happen.

You will be in the capable hands of Jason Kaneshiro, Brian McInnis and Billy Hull this week in the newspaper, and I’ll try to get them to provide some insight on the blog, too. I might sneak away to Vegas for a day or two, but will be home most of this week and will probably have a comment or two to make.

Couple of corrections: Ryan Grice-Mullins has 27 receptions for 370 yards in the last two games. I typo’d 270 in today’s paper. And Jason Rivers now has catches in 45 games in a row to lead the nation, not 44 like I wrote in Warrior Replay.

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Today’s a double-good day for Colt Brennan. He got WAC Player of the Week, and just got an e-mail announcing him as a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award.

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Comments
  • byteme22

    Dave, with all the vacation you have, sounds like you’re a (un)civil servant. Have fun and a great vacation!
    One question, very little comment on the offensive line play this year. Are the coaches satisfied with their play so far? I was more than a little concerned about the three holding calls on Ah-Soon, two of which were pretty clear.

    • We have lots of vacation, especially the dudes who’ve been around a while. Sometimes I wish I could trade some of it for some other benefit, like parking.

      I think the coaches are never completely satisifed (how about JJ’s quote about Colt not being on the other night), but I think they feel generally OK about the O-line so far. They’ve done a pretty good job of protecting Colt, and the run blocking is gradually getting better. They’ll need to be at the top of their game for Fresno, not to mention the rest of the gauntlet.

      I’m guessing Keith got caught in a bad matchup. He’d been pretty solid until Saturday. Every now and then all but the elite LTs get a guy they have a hard time with.

    • NelsonO

      The Hawaii offense leads the nation in scoring; averaging about 52 points per game. The Warriors are second in the nation in total offense; averaging about 533 yards per game.

      I would say the offensive line is playing very well.

  • Warrior Clan

    It sounds like it’ll be a very busy but fun & exciting at the same time. The game this past Saturday was competitive on both sides. I’ve never seen the type of speed that was displayed from the offense & defense. NMST has some quick receivers, but our D was just as fast.

    I can’t wait for the 4 games. The team looks like they’re improving. I see the biggest challenge coming from Nevada. Their QB is like a poor man’s Tim Tebow, but their O-Line is what’s making the biggest difference. Their O-line gives the QB time in the pocket but it gives them a running game that can control the game momentum and clock. I can still remember a game at Nevada when Chance Kretschmer and the O-line in 2001 just basically ran up the middle in the 4th Qtr. UH’s defense was just going backwards and couldn’t penetrate the line. Our defensive line will certainly have a challenge on their hands.

    • That was my first road game as UH beat writer. A week after 9/11. It was a hot day, and UH didn’t have any depth on the defensive front line. They got dominated in the second half and it was one of just three losses for UH that year.

      • wayoutwest

        do you foresee the coaches mixing up the travel roster to deal with the altitude in reno (ie. more linemen to rotate)?

        too bad about the injuries. i was just thinking how fortunate this team has been with injuries this season. i think only gibson had been lost for the season up to this point. hope for the best and an injury free rest of the season.

  • Duster

    It sounds like the Warriors got a little dinged up against NMSU. The bye week should help them heal up the minor injuries and re-tool the defense for run-first teams. Against Fresno State, gotta stuff the run and stop QB Brandstater’s pass to his favorite target, TE Bear Pasco. Brandstater has not really filled the shoes of Carr, Volek or even Pinegar, so if the Warriors can do those two things, they have a great shot at winning, IMHO.

    BTW, have a nice vacation, Dave.

  • Thanks … it’s weird having two out of three weeks off, but I’ll figure out a way to deal with it.

    The Warriors have gotten a little bit better against tight ends over the past couple of years, but especially with safeties banged up The Bear presents a challenge.

  • Shelimzabivla Shostakovich

    in regards to Bear Pascoe, the coaches need to pull the game film from the 2006 Aloha Bowl and do whatever it is they did with Patek vs. that ASU All-American TE.

    I think we gave up only 1 reception to him for like 5 yards. Quite an amazing feat considering the TE’s talent and the fact that the Purdue and Beaver TE’s chewed up our D prior to that.

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