Archive for March 6th, 2008

Warrior notes including an OL update

March 6, 2008

Reflecting back on last season, Ah-Soon said:
“For me, I always try to look at the positive. We made it that far and we had a great experience. But at the same time, there’s a little part in me saying we should’ve done better. It makes me a little upset still. If I watch ESPN they always talk about it. It always hits me right there (pointing to his heart). So we work hard for this upcoming season and hopefully we’re going to (have a good year) again.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Starting tackles Keith Ah-Soon and Keoni Steinhoff, both seniors now, could find themselves competing for positions one spot closer to the middle of the line when practice starts at the end of the month. At 6-foot-1 and 6-3, Ah-Soon and Steinhoff are closer to the prototype for guard than tackle, and the Warriors have some taller players waiting in the wings to try out for the tackles. Of course, height isn’t everything, and Ah-Soon and Steinhoff started every game of the 12-0 regular season on the flanks. But they also played a big part in allowing half-a-season’s worth of sacks (eight) in the Sugar Bowl against Georgia. That’s what a lot of people remember.”

About experimenting with OL at different positions, OL coach Brian Smith said:
“That’s really what spring ball is for. Our goal is first to find the best five and get them in the slots they fit best. And we really want to develop some depth. As far as Keith goes, he’s had a good offseason. It’s tough to talk about last season because they weren’t my guys and I didn’t coach them, but as a group they’re all real hungry to get out there and show what they can do. (The Sugar Bowl) did leave a little sour taste in their mouths, and I know that they’re excited to get out to Florida (for the Aug. 30 season opener) and show everybody what they can do.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Ray Hisatake, Aaron Kia, Laupepa Letuli and incoming JC transfer Kainoa LaCount (he arrives in the summer) are among the many possibilities at the tackle spots.”

About how they want to develop 5 backups that they will have confidence to put into a game at any time, Mack said:
“We have a lot of guys competing. We’ve got 17 linemen on scholarship. We need at least 10 good offensive linemen when we go to Florida. The humidity there is going to be a big factor.” (HSB)

About keeping Estes at center, Mack said:
“We’re going to open it all up, but John is pretty well settled in. He’s one of the best players in the country at his position.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Smith said the protection schemes he teaches are somewhat different than those of his predecessor, Dennis McKnight, but Estes will pick them up quickly.”

About how Estes will adjust to his blocking schemes, Smith said:
“He has a good understanding of the offense. Some things will change with the rules. The blocking’s a little different than they’ve had in the past. But he’s got a real good feel and understanding for center, and that’s something I really don’t want to screw with — center’s definitely an important spot.” (HSB)

About moving back to safety, Peoples said:
“It’s my senior year. I want to knock some people out.” (HSB)

About how Peoples wanted to try safety after not getting much playing time at LB and RB, Mack said:
“He wanted to look at safety this year, so we’re going to give him a shot there. He’s a good athlete.” (HSB)

About working at slotback and RB in the spring, Pilares said:
“I’ll go wherever I can get the ball more.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Senior Daniel Libre will move from running back to slot in the spring.”

The new uniforms are revealed

March 6, 2008

About having more green in their uniforms, Mack said:
“Hawai’i is beautifully green. It’s a big color here.” (HA)

“Under Armour did a great job with the design of the new uniforms. We wanted to add more green in the uniform and that went well with people around the community. So we’ll have green sleeves for our home jerseys and green pants for our away ones. We’ll also stick with the green helmets for both home and away games.” (UH)

HA Note: “Green was re-introduced as a prominent color in the Warriors’ new uniforms. Drawings of the new uniforms were unveiled during a news conference yesterday. The home uniforms will feature black jerseys with green numbers on the front, back and shoulder pads. The shoulder and biceps areas will have a kapa design. Also in green are the short sleeves and the word “Hawai’i,” which will replace “Warriors” on the front. The black pants will sport UH’s “H” logo and Under Armour’s logo. Under Armour recently won the apparel contract with the Warriors. The road uniforms have green in the same places as the home uniforms, only the road jersey has a white base. The road pants are green. The Warriors will continue to use dark green helmets. They no longer will use the silver road helmets.”

UH Note: “Some of the highlights of the 2008 uniform designs include:
· Use of the UH green in both the home and away uniforms was a priority
· The fabric on the jersey shoulders and sleeves has a tapa design.
· Instead of “Warriors” above the numbers, the “Hawai`i” brand is being used in order to provide greater university recognition. Also, the “Hawai`i” text size is larger for great visibility.
· The “H” brand is featured on the pants and above the player’s name on the back of the jersey.
· The distinctive UH tapa numbers are used on both uniforms.
· Only UH’s green helmet will be worn for both home and away games.
· The silver road uniform, including the jerseys, pants, and helmet, will not be continued.”

Mack said that black and green:
“are our colors. That’s something that’s important to bring out our tradition of having green as one of our (prominent) colors.” (HA)

“We’re bringing the green back into our uniform. We’re excited about getting the green back into Hawaii.” (HSB)

Happy that Mack is bringing green back to their uniforms, Dan Kelly said:
“I’m glad coach Mack wants to bring back the green. People like the green.” (HA)

About replacing Warriors with Hawai’i on the uniform, Mack said:
“The players have their names on their back. The most important name is on the front, and that’s ‘Hawai’i.’ That’s who we are. We are the Warriors from Hawai’i. We’re not changing that at all. But ‘Hawai’i’ is more state recognizable. We are Hawai’i. We’re Hawai’i’s team.” (HA)

“We are the University of Hawaii. We’re Hawaii’s football team. We’re going to put Hawaii at the top of our uniform.” (HSB)

About the importance of making their uniforms stylish, Mack said:
“If you look good, you play good.” (HA)

“My whole thing is for the players. I want them to be proud of what they’re wearing.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “The Polynesian tapa pattern is still featured, on the jersey shoulders and sleeves as well as the numbers.”

About the importance of their jersey, Kelly said:
“It does play into the mindset. If you don’t like a jersey, you’re thinking too much about how you look. It plays into the psyche a little bit.” (HA)

About how they could go all-green for special games starting in 2009, Mack said:
“In the future we might come out in all green.” (HSB)

About UA making them an all-green uniform for special games, Keith AhSoon said:
“That would be cool.” (HA)

HA Note: “Under Armour’s contract goes into effect in July. McMackin said the uniforms will be ready this summer. The old uniforms will be used during practices. Under terms of the contract, Under Armour will pay for the uniforms and the shoes.”

Praising the uniforms, LWJ said:
“From what I see in the pictures, they’re real nice. I like ’em, they’re cool.” (HSB)

Warriors read Dr. Seuss to kids

March 6, 2008

HA Note: “The second-graders’ eyes widened as 6-foot-3 defensive lineman Rocky Savaiigaea strode into the classroom yesterday in his football jersey carrying a copy of Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat.” Savaiigaea and five University of Hawai’i Warrior teammates helped Kamiloiki Elementary School participate in the National Education Association’s Read Across America program, a reading initiative that encourages kids to read around Dr. Seuss’ birth date, March 2. This is the first year Kamiloiki has participated in the national program, said PTSA President Beverly Ray. The goal is to encourage reading as a fun activity, not a chore, she said.”

About Dr. Seuss books, PTSA President Ray said:
“Through his books, (Dr. Seuss) actually related to the children and they learned from him because of the rhymes. If you teach a child that reading is fun and that you learn things about the book that you’re reading, hopefully they’ll take that into adulthood.” (HA)

HA Note: “Yesterday, Savaiigaea read “The Cat in the Hat” to Kamiloiki’s second-graders, who sat on the classroom floor at his feet, listening eagerly. The football players also treated the students to a game at recess.”

About reading to the kids, Savaiigaea said:
“I wasn’t too sure of the reaction I was going to get … when we started to read. But you know, to see the smiles on their faces and to see them laughing and really getting into a story like it’s a TV show itself, it was well worth it.” (HA)

HA Note: “The Warriors’ Guyton Galdeira read “The Cat in the Hat” to preschoolers and third-graders yesterday, and his personal childhood favorite: “Green Eggs and Ham.””

About reading to the kids, Galdeira said:
“The message we were trying to send today is that reading is very important, no matter what you want to be, whether it’s a football player, a teacher or a doctor. ‘Green Eggs and Ham,’ that one’s a classic. Yeah, I was a fan.” (HA)