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March 30th, 2008

Here are some quotes that Brian McInnis won’t be able to get into his story for tomorrow’s paper:

Ron Lee on the importance of spring practice for the players: “At the end of spring ball, they want to be in the top two, because we got five JC guys that are coming that are pretty good, in the receivers alone.”

Lee on the status of the quarterback candidates: “Tyler and Inoke … I would say they’ll be competing for number ones. And Shane Austin has had a good offseason of conditioning. We watched him lift. He’s in it. Everybody’s kind of in the same boat. Kiran Kepo’o and Jake Santos. It’s finding that solid one and two and giving them reps.”

Nick Rolovich on the cyclical nature of football: “I’m excited to see how we’re going to work together as an offensive staff. Not only just the offense, but the staff. Some change, some tweaks on offense. That’s what you gotta do, because football is ever-changing, and it also works in a circle sometimes where things may have worked 20 years ago and it’s working now, similar for different reasons.”

Rolovich on the health of Kiran Kepo’o: “As far as I know, he’s cleared to participate in spring ball. That’s the plan.”

(Kepo’o had a checkup last week to get cleared. He suffered head trauma after being knocked off his bicycle last fall.)

Tyler Graunke: “Coach Lee has his own thing going on, and he tweaks (the run-and-shoot) a little bit.”

Inoke Funaki: “I want to show to the coaches and the team that I am confident and able to direct this team in the offense to the best of my ability.”

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  • bryen March 30, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    I’m gonna be off the subject… but, I think Hawaii should go back to 3-4 defense, it was way more effective than 4-3… Compare season 2006 to 2008… now a days more and more teams are relying on rushing attacks especially Boise State and most BCS teams, and 4-3 could stop that…

    • jabba March 31, 2008 at 12:57 am

      Huh? We used to be 105th worst defense back in the Glanville era. Didn’t we hover in the top 35-40 last year or something like that?

    • bumbuchaMusubi March 31, 2008 at 8:04 am

      I totally disagree with your analysis! The 4-3 put in with Coach “Big” Mac attack worked great last year! Even against the great Georgia Team, you could see that the defense stopped them by the 2nd quarter with the adjustments made. The score may not indicate it because of turnovers but you can see the Stats. Keep it up with the Mac Attack!!!!

  • Mel March 30, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    As a staunch Warrior fan, I am concern particularyly about the Warrior Offensive line. Ahsoon and Steinoff were like the revolving door for the opponent defensive unit to flow right in an chase or sack Colt Brennan all season in 2007… and of course at the Sugar bowl this year.

    Do you think will be much better this year?

    • Kevin March 30, 2008 at 10:35 pm

      I kind of agree. And I noticed that while their has been some movement on the O-line, Steinhoff was not one of them. He really got exposed in the Sugar Bowl, but then again, so did the whole team. Maybe he has put in the work in the offseason. He looks like a strong and lean kid, it’s just that first step. He could have also learned a lot from Georgia and may come back on a mission.

      • jabba March 31, 2008 at 1:06 am

        I’ll go out on a limb. When it is all said and done…Hisatake, Kia, and Letuli will be playing. The two darkhorses to crack the lineup are Ieru and LaCount.

        The jury is still out on LaCount because there is a huge difference between D1 and JC ball. But, he has the equipment.

        I believe the Oline may be our richest position. Many will come of age come Florida. In the old days (last year) our oline coach and head coach were often watching with blinders on, meaning many a talented player did not get a shot even though they were ripping it every day.

        The projected right guard this year got his rug pulled from right under him in just two days of spring ball. That cost us the opportunity to have him do a number on the opposition. And it may have been the underlying factor as to why his kid brother Max went elsewhere. The word was Max was ready to come on down, but, two things happened; one was the aforementioned and the other was that someone dropped the ball when he was being recruited.

  • jhb3043 March 30, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    the defense will be better than ever in 2008…2nd year for the returning players in Coach Mack’s defensive scheme.

    they will be a force to be reckoned with, just watch!

  • tomtang March 31, 2008 at 6:36 am

    Inoke! Inoke! Inoke! Inoke! Inoke! Inoke!

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