Archive for July, 2008

Feature on Aaron Bain

July 31, 2008

About how Bain lifted weights at 6am with Pilares and Libre and was playing 1-on-1 soccer with her at 3:30pm, Kristen Oshiro (Bain’s girlfriend and a member of the Rainbow Wahine soccer team) said:
“He’s very humble. Even though he’s supposed to start (at right slotback), he’s out here by himself, trying to get better.” (HA)

About being the backup to RGM for the past 3 years without complaining, Bain said:
“If you love the team, you’re not going to be selfish. Everybody wants to play. But if you really care about the team, you want to win, and you don’t play for yourself. If you think only about yourself, it doesn’t help the team.” (HA)

Even though JJ’s offense rarely substituted for the starting WRs so he got limited game experience, Bain said:
“it was good to practice with Ryan (Grice-Mullins) and Davone (Bess), and to learn. That was a good experience.” (HA)

HA Note: “Bain, a 2005 Saint Louis School graduate, was not on scholarship during his first three UH seasons. His first year, he worked for his brother. Last year, he worked at Macy’s folding clothes, proving that he knows how to find the crease. This summer, he worked with youths in the Alder Street juvenile detention center.”

About working at different jobs to help pay for school, Bain said:
“I’m majoring in sociology, so it was cool to see all of the different people. It was a good learning experience. I got to meet people from all over the island, and to hear a lot of different stories.” (HA)

About walking on to the team (Mack plans to award him a scholarship next week), Bain said:
“I liked (joining as a walk-on), having to prove yourself. Once you accomplish that, that’s half the battle. Some people like to take things for granted. Everything is spoon-fed for them. I don’t like that. I want to earn everything.” (HA)

About how she and Bain ended up together, Oshiro said:
“We were good friends before we went out. He’s a very nice guy. He’s my best friend. … He didn’t really ask me out. We started hanging out and he never left.” (HA)

HA Note: “The Warriors have crafted a training-camp roster of 104 players, one player below the NCAA limit. McMackin said he wants to save a spot in case a prospect becomes available. The roster includes 21 defensive backs, 19 offensive linemen and 19 receivers. The freshmen and junior-college transfers report Saturday. The veterans must report Sunday.”

Warrior Quotes from the Star-Bulletin

July 31, 2008

About cutting their QB candidates for the starting job down to 4 and reducing that number quickly in camp, Mack said:
“The four who will get the reps are Inoke (Funaki), Tyler (Graunke), Greg Alexander and Brent Rausch. And then within a week and a half we’re going to cut it to three quarterbacks. At a certain point before the ballgame (Aug. 30 opener at Florida) we’re going to cut it down to two and one’s going to get three-fourths of the reps and one’s going to get a fourth of the reps. It’s only going to be those four. Some guys will service the defense.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Funaki, a junior, had an outstanding spring camp, taking an unofficial lead in the bid to be the new starter. But McMackin said Graunke has had a great summer of workouts, and the senior who was Brennan’s backup for three seasons is right there at the top, too. McMackin also intends to live up to the promise he made to junior college transfers Alexander and Rausch that they would get a shot at the No. 1 spot. Both have been here since May working out with their new teammates.”

About how they could have starters on offense and defense in kickoff and punt coverage roles as well as blocking on returns, Mack said that his rule is the NFL standard that a starter can play in 1 or 2 special teams:
“if he’s the best player for the position.” (HSB)

Asked if All-WAC LB Adam Leonard could end up on the kickoff return team, Mack said:
“If he’s the best guy. If there’s no one close to him, absolutely. Obviously, we’ve got to be smart how we use them. A defensive guy, I don’t want him to run down on the kickoff and have to be right in there.” (HSB)

About how Sol cannot play on special teams because he makes the defensive play calls, Mack said:
“That’s just for communication sake.” (HSB)

About how they will be more aggressive in blocking kicks this season, Mack said:
“Here’s what I told our staff. There’s six or seven plays that’s key to a ballgame. They’re on offense, defense and special teams. The rest of the game’s pretty even. But those big plays, are the game winners. So special teams is a lot of those snaps. We’re going to use our best.” (HSB)

About the coaches that will be upstairs in the booth during games, Mack said:
“The guys upstairs are playing chess, and they have to think that way.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Ron Lee (offensive coordinator), George Lumpkin (defense), Dave Aranda (defensive line) Alex Gerke (running backs), Craig Stutzmann (receivers) and David Gilmore (defensive backs) will be upstairs.”

About being on the sidelines during games, Mack said:
“I want to look in the players’ eyes, I want to know what their emotions are.” (HSB)

About how they have 2 scholarships in reserve, with the plan to award one to a vet walk-on during camp and the other to a new player, Mack said:
“It’s good to have one in your pocket. You never know who’s going to come your way late. At Miami one year our last one went to Ray Lewis.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “The coach said he prefers smaller travel squads, and the Warriors will take between 60 and 65 players to Florida. The other side of that, though, is that he wants to allow all players who practice to suit up and be on the sideline for home games.”

Feature interview with Mack

July 30, 2008

About how he and JJ have different styles, Mack said:
“June (Jones) are I are two different people. We’re good friends, and we really like each other. But he coaches a certain way, and I coach a certain way.” (HA)

HA Note: “For this training camp, McMackin has scrapped the dreaded 220s — 10 sprints of 220 yards in a specified time period. There will be a brief quarterback competition from among senior Tyler Graunke, junior Inoke Funaki, and junior-college transfers Greg Alexander and Brent Rausch. By the end of the second week of training camp, McMackin will have decided on a successor to Colt Brennan.”

About Pilares, Mack said:
“Pilares has to be on the field. I want our playmakers on the field.” (HA)

HA Note: “McMackin is focused on training camp and the season-opener against Florida. On Monday, the coaches had two meetings totaling six hours. They met twice yesterday. But McMackin took a short break to meet with reporters yesterday at Jack’s Restaurant in ‘Aina Haina.”

About reducing his speaking schedule, Mack said:
“I really enjoyed the last time to get to know people, and having camps, and the communication, but it’s time to go to battle. We’re meeting and getting ready for practice. We’ve been meeting all of the time, anyway. It’s business time now.” (HA)

About eliminating the 220s from the start of camp, Mack said:
“I don’t want anyone to pull anything. We’re not giving endurance tests, which is a change. We’re going to practice and work on conditioning. Conditioning is a big factor, obviously. We’re going to have sudden changes during practices. We’ll practice, then blow a whistle, and the offense and defense will run. Then they’ll go back to their drills. It’s realistic conditioning.” (HA)

About his practice philosophy, Mack said:
“We’re going to start hydrating early because of the humidity problem in Florida, and do as many things as we can that way. We’re going to practice pro style. June and I believe in the same things. I believe in saving guys’ legs more. Like on Fridays, we’ll have special teams and 10 plays on offense and 10 plays on defense, and get off the field. (Jones) likes the reps (for the offense on Fridays). Different coaches feel different things. I didn’t take (the defense off the field on Fridays) without asking him. I told him I wanted to save the defense’s legs, and he was fine with that. June was great to work with. But I believe we need that for the whole team, too. We’ve got to have fresh legs.” (HA)

About their QBs, Mack said:
“Tyler (Graunke) has handled everything he needs to do. He’s eligible. Inoke (Funaki) had the best spring of anybody. Greg Alexander is a real talent, and so is Brent (Rausch). But Brent has three years (to play three seasons). I told all of the quarterbacks we’re going to take a look at the JC guys in the first part of camp, and then we’ll make a decision.” (HA)

About how Santos and Austin will be QBs for the scout team, Mack said:
“I’ve already talked with all of them. I told everyone exactly what their role is going to be, so there aren’t any surprises. Jake is a senior, and it’s unfortunate he didn’t get his (extra) year back, because he’s a great kid. But you can’t get that many quarterbacks ready for ball games.” (HA)

About putting their QB under center, Mack said:
“I like the shotgun. But as a defensive guy, whenever anybody’s in the shotgun, we give a jet call: ‘We’re coming.’ There’s no running game. Percentage-wise we’ll be more gun. But we’re going to be under center so we can do some things. Those two new (quarterbacks) run 4.6 (seconds over 40 yards). And Tyler can run and Inoke can run. I think Inoke is a great runner. Inoke runs with aggressiveness. He’ll run over guys.” (HA)

About moving AhSoon from LT to LG, Mack said:
“Keith is going to be great there. I think (the offensive line is) going to be the strength of our offense. We have three starters back. (Center) John Estes is outstanding. When he was in there in the spring, he was playing a little hurt (because of a pulled hamstring). He feels so much better. He’s just a leader. We’re going to stress fundamentals up front. I’m more into fundamentals, techniques and getting better as the season goes on. I think we’re going to be better and better offensively. We’re going to be an attacking offense. That’s our philosophy.” (HA)

About their running game, Mack said:
“We’re sitting great at running back. Leon (Wright-Jackson) is outstanding. Every time I saw him, he was running down the field for touchdowns. (Daniel) Libre is a change-up — good speed, good hard runner. And Jake (Heun) and David (Farmer) are powerful guys.” (HA)

About playing Florida at noon in their opener, Mack said:
“I think it’s a great opportunity. We’re playing the Heisman Trophy winner. We’re playing in the Swamp. We’re playing the No. 1-ranked team in the country. You’ve got to get ready for that. My biggest concern, because I coached in Miami, is the humidity. I’m not worried about the travel. We’re going to Atlanta, and work out at Georgia Tech (for two days). We’re going to be fine travel-wise. But the humidity? Anybody who plays in Florida, that’s a problem. I’m concerned and we have to be ready for the humidity. We have to have people who know how to give IVs. We have to identify people in practice who perspire a lot and lose their body weight, and maybe get them early IVs. At Miami, it was like a M*A*S*H unit. We (won) 68 home games in a row. Most of it was in the fourth quarter. (That is when) you cramp up, and you can’t play.” (HA)

About trying to block kicks, Mack said:
“I’m not a big fake-it guy, unless we have something. I’m smart that way. But, sure, we’re going to go for blocks. We want to let them know we’re coming.” (HA)

About rescinding the team rule that prevented redshirts and scout players from suiting up for home games, Mack said:
“I would like to. We haven’t made that decision yet. But if a person is on our team and helping us get ready to win, he should be there on the sideline at home games. I know that gets (the sideline) crowded, but we have to handle the discipline in that. If a guy is on scout team and helps the offense get better or helps the defense get better, then he should be a part of that. To be on the field is a great experience. It’s a little demeaning to sit in the stands when you’re on the team.” (HA)

About being UH’s head coach, Mack said:
“I’m enjoying it. We had such a great season. And the people have been unbelievable. We had more than a thousand kids at our camp. Everywhere we go, people are so positive and happy. That’s where I feel responsible to do a good job. We play for the people of Hawai’i. Everybody is with it. It’s the greatest time in the world, and you feel great responsibility.” (A)

Warrior Quotes from the Herald Journal

July 30, 2008

HJ = Herald Journal (Logan, UT)

About the upcoming season and their fans, Mack said:
“There is no doubt we are facing some challenges. But I’m really excited to be at Hawaii. We have the greatest fans.” (HJ)

About how their team will rely on their D this season, Sol Elimimian said:
“We have more guys back on defense than offense, so we understand what we have to do … It’s always been about the offense at Hawaii. They will be under some pressure this year, that is where the defense must come in and help.” (HJ)

About their D, Mack said:
“I am really excited about our defense. We have two 300-plus (pound) mothers in the middle who also have speed. Speed is really important.” (HJ)

Praising Sol and Adam, Mack said:
“Leonard has been unbelievable. I’ve coached a lot of guys, but with the way he can drop back and cover the pass, he is better than any linebacker. … Then there is Solomon, who can flat out run from sideline to sideline. Those two are excellent together.” (HJ)

About how he believes in the run-and-shoot, Mack said:
“I’ve been fortunate to be with some of the best coaches during my career … I really believe the run-and-shoot scheme is as good as there is in football. It seems like everybody uses a part of it.” (HJ)

HJ Note: “When asked about the possibility of running more, since three starters return along the line, as do a trio of ball carriers with experience. McMackin pointed to how well the Warriors moved the ball on the ground two years ago.”

About how they will run the ball, just as how UH was able to run in 2006, Mack said:
“We are going to mix it up … We are going to throw the football to set up the run. I really believe this team will get better as the season goes on. We just need to continue to get better.” (HJ)

Looking forward to the Florida game, Sol said:
“I think about that game every day. We are going to have to be at our best.” (HJ)

Random Warrior Notes from the Star-Bulletin

July 30, 2008

Not optimistic about Maka’s situation, Mack said:
“I don’t think the NCAA is going to give him another year. We haven’t got any reports and his is one of those things that’s very difficult to document. He’s not on our roster right now. He tried. He’s a great person, and I feel bad about it.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Meanwhile, Kainoa LaCount’s status is still pending. The highly regarded offensive tackle won’t be able to report to camp until at least a few days into it because his last final at College of the Canyons (Calif.) is Aug. 7. UH will likely keep a camp spot open for him, but LaCount could end up redshirting if he doesn’t get up to speed quickly.”

About how he might have to redshirt, 6’7″, 290-pound Kainoa LaCount said:
“I don’t mind if I have to. It’s another year to get bigger, faster and stronger. It might be the best thing.” (HSB)

About how season-ticket sales have passed last year’s mark (as of July 18 they were at 24,164), John McNamara said:
“We’re definitely exceeding last year’s figure.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “UH sold 22,975 season-ticket packages last year, ending five consecutive years of declining sales. Fans have until Friday to take advantage of a promotion that includes a $99 price for all five pay-per-view road game telecasts with the purchase of a season-ticket package. The road games would be $280 if bought separately. UH also expects to sell more than 1,000 tickets to students. They can buy them online for the first time via the Website.”

About being one of the 3 finalists for UC Santa Barbara’s AD spot, Carl Clapp said:
“It’s my alma mater and Santa Barbara is my hometown. I have a fondness for it and I’m flattered they’re interested in me. On the other hand I really enjoy my job here.” (HSB)

JD’s Contract is Signed!

July 30, 2008

About how the 5-year, $240k contract that JD and Hinshaw signed was in the pre-approved salary range, UH spokesman Gregg Takayama said:
“It doesn’t need to go to the Board of Regents. It’s pau.” (HSB)

About how he wasn’t concerned about his contract, JD said:
“I’m happy to be back at the university and I was never concerned about the contract situation. We’re working toward progress in both the budget and on the playing fields and in the arenas.” (HA)

After confirming that his contract was done, JD said:
“I’m happy to be back at UH.” (HSB)

About JD, Chancellor Hinshaw said when he was selected for the AD spot:
“Jim’s vision, experience and ability, combined with his passion for UH Manoa and bond with Hawaii, make him a great match for ensuring the future success of our athletic programs.” (HSB)

HA Note: “Donovan’s contract allows him to reopen negotiations on his base salary in 2010 and 2012, subject to a “satisfactory performance evaluation” and “availability of funds.” Frazier had a similar clause. Donovan’s other bonus opportunities mirror Frazier’s and are capped at a maximum of three months’ salary ($60,000). He may collect one month’s bonus if the football team wins its conference; $7,500 if the football team appears in a bowl; one month’s bonus if the men’s basketball team is selected for the NCAA tournament; two weeks’ bonus if it plays in the NIT, a bonus equal to one half of that of the men’s basketball coach if the team appears in the Sweet 16; a bonus equal to one half of the coach’s if the men’s or women’s volleyball teams participate in the championship tournament; a bonus of two weeks’ salary if the baseball team plays in an (NCAA) regional; $10,000 if the baseball team goes to the College World Series; a bonus of two weeks’ salary if any other UH team (beyond volleyball, football, baseball or men’s basketball) wins a national championship; $5,000 for “exemplary performance of duties.””

Warrior News from the Advertiser

July 29, 2008

About how he has received a medical hardship that will allow him to return as a “super senior” in 2009, Daniel Otineru said:
“I’ll keep working out and see what happens.” (HA)

HA Note: “But while he recovers from surgery for sleep apnea, he will miss the University of Hawai’i’ football team’s 2008 season.”

HA Note: “As a Kapolei High senior in 2004, he was diagnosed with sleep apnea, a disorder in which external breathing is suspended for brief periods. For the next few years, he slept with a specially designed mask that increased air flow.”

About the designed mask that he slept with, Otineru said:
“It constantly pushed air through me, keeping my airway open.” (HA)

HA Note: “As his condition worsened, it was decided he needed jaw surgery. First, he was fitted for braces. In May, he underwent a two-part surgery. The roof of his mouth was repositioned, and his jaw was broken, then reset forward a quarter inch. Then came the difficult part: his mouth was wired shut for six weeks. During that time, he consumed protein shakes.”

About having his jaw wired shut for 6 weeks, Otineru said:
“That was hard — not being able to talk and eat. It was pretty depressing every time I opened up the fridge.” (HA)

HA Note: “He lost 30 pounds, going from 295 to 265.”

About how he’s resumed eating solid foods and is up to 275 pounds now, Otineru said:
“Everything is much better. But my jaw doesn’t seem the same. I don’t feel I have as much room in my mouth anymore.” (HA)

HA Note: “It has been a difficult past year for Otineru. Last October, he suffered a tear to his right biceps. He was required to wear a metal brace; some jokingly referred to him as “Edward Scissorhands.” ”

About how hi situation is good now, Otineru (who was expected to compete at RG) said:
“It’s cool now. I’m going to play again. I’ll use this season to work out and get my strength and conditioning back.” (HA)

HA Note: “Brett Symonds, a graduate of Chaparral High School, is set to report to training camp Aug. 4, making him the third kicker from the southwest California town to play for the Warriors. Eric Hannum and Dan “The Iceman” Kelly were raised in Temecula. Symonds turned down scholarship offers from Weber State and Idaho State to enroll at UH as a walk-on. He said he welcomes the opportunity to serve as an apprentice during Kelly’s senior season.”

About spending a year learning from Dan Kelly, Symonds said:
“It’s really nice to have a guy like Dan Kelly around. I grew up with him in Temecula. He’ll help show me the ropes, get acclimated.” (HA)

HA Note: “Symonds, who is 5 feet 11 and 150 pounds, converted a 43-yarder in game last year. During warmups, he converted from 55 yards off a 1-inch block and 57 yards off the ground.”

About Symonds, Kelly said:
“I’ve never seen a guy that small in stature kick a ball as far and hard as he does. He’s already light years ahead of where I was coming into my freshman year.” (HA)

About how Symonds worked in a grocery store in Temecula last summer but found time to work out with him, Kelly said:
“During his hour lunch break, he would go to my old (high) school, change in the car, kick with me for 45 minutes, then go back to work. He used his lunch break to work out.” (HA)

HA Note: “Kelly and Symonds are the only placekickers on the training-camp roster. Tim Grasso, who spent the spring semester in Utah, is the only punter.”

Q&A with Colt

July 27, 2008

WT = Washington Times

About his hip injury, Colt said:
“It was the first day in [Senior Bowl] practice. I dropped back and felt this pop in my hip. The whole week it was like I had a dead leg, but I knew it was the Senior Bowl so I just pushed through it. I still had these little ailments there the next few weeks, but I knew I had to get ready for the combine. After the combine it wasn’t getting any better so I saw a doctor and he said I’d torn my labrum. I waited until after my pro day to have the surgery and now I’ve been rehabbing it for three months, four months. It feels good to be cleared 100 percent. It is not so much the injury as it is just getting back to running and using my legs.” (WT)

Asked if he has any regrets for coming back for his senior year, Colt said:
“Absolutely not – it is amazing how one game will allow one game to take done or discredit everything you’d done. Look at what Peyton Manning and what he did in his last game – he played Nebraska in the Orange Bowl and got destroyed 42-17. No one got mad at him. He was still the No. 1 pick in the draft.

The cool thing is it is all about where you land. I was never suppose to go to Hawaii, but it was because people were really being negative toward me and not giving me a chance that I ended up in Hawaii. I can relate it to that. People were being real negative about me and not really giving me a chance, and then the Redskins jumped up and grabbed me. Now I’m in a great situation surrounding by a great franchise and a great football team.

My last five or six years of my life have been a lot of ups and a lot of downs. The crazy thing is no matter how low the lows get, when the highs come they’re every bit worth it. It is about climbing that mountain, and the harder it is the sweeter the other side is.” (WT)

About having plenty of options for a mentor, Colt said:
“I’m in great shape. When it comes to just getting myself acclimated, coach Zorn is the guy I go to. He’s the one who coaches me up and I appreciate that he has invested some time in me. When he is out there coaching everyone and I need help, I can always go to Jason or Todd. They’ve been both been awesome toward me. It is always competitive, but here everyone has been great about making sure I have everything down.” (WT)

Asked about the cold weather, Colt said:
“I’m used to the cold weather. When I’m on the Playstation, the game I like to play the most is when the snow is pouring – those were the games that I always wanted to play in as a kid but never could growing up in California. When I got a chance in Boston, I loved it.” (WT)

About having less media attention now that he’s out of Hawaii, Colt said:
“I kind of got ran ragged out there in Hawaii. I remember having media call for like 45 minutes or an hour and it would just be crazy. It is kind of nice to be able to get in and I definitely don’t mind it.” (WT)

Asked about his crazy hair at Hawaii, Colt said:
“At Hawaii we had like 20 different hairstyles on our team. I remember when we showed up for the first day of camp and about four or five of the linebackers had bleached hair with these designs in it. In the summer I said, ‘Well I’ll try to grow my hair out and see if dreds look good.’ We’re in Hawaii and I’m at the beach every day, so I let my receivers do it to me because you only live once. They were able to get a girl to braid it up for me and I had the dreds for a while, but it just wasn’t really working out. I just wanted to have fun my senior year.” (WT)

Asked about his situation at Colorado, Colt said:
“I feel like a lot of the success I’ve had has been in a sense like karma. What happened to me was so wrong and in so many ways I had to take responsibility for what I did and I did that. That’s also why I was able to get taken advantage of. In the end, every dream I had as a kid came true. I went off to Hawaii, a Division I college and not only that I was a Heisman Trophy candidate for two years. I had a great career and my teammates and I took a program and a school to another level. A lot of the stuff that happened after Hawaii with the draft was almost like déjà vu. At the same time I landed in a great spot in a great situation and I am hoping the same type of thing can happen here.” (WT)

About JJ giving him a second chance, Colt said:
“That was Coach Jones. I wasn’t the first kid he did that for. Pisa Tinoisamoa, the Rams linebacker, he got him right out of jail. Davone Bess, my receiver, he got him right out of jail. It almost felt good to go to a guy like Coach Jones who saw past the media articles and saw past the perception to give guys a chance. He knew Hawaii was a great place to give guys a second chance, and he had a great track record with giving players a second chance and them going off and having a lot of success.” (WT)

Feature on Keao Monteilh

July 27, 2008

About marrying his long-time girlfriend, Jessilee, yesterday, Monteilh said:
“My dad said you got two kids and you’ve got to be a good example and get married and settle down. It’s time to put my life into order.” (HSB)

About their defense this season, Monteilh said it is:
“one of the best defenses UH has ever had.” (HSB)

About being injured and not being able to play in their final games of last season, Monteilh said:
“It was so depressing to see everyone out there. I can’t just watch. I have to play. I couldn’t do anything about it.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “An integral part of UH’s first eight wins as the starting free safety, Monteilh missed the rest of the 2007 season after suffering a broken scapula against New Mexico State.”

About suffering a broken scapula, Monteilh said:
“I had never heard of it. I was like you mean a spatula? The doctor’s laughing, ‘No, you got a broken scapula.’ I still don’t know what it is. I thought it was just a stinger.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “The shoulder injury came at a time Hawaii was heading into its stretch run of games against the league’s top teams. Every week as Hawaii got closer to an undefeated regular season, Monteilh would itch more and more to get back on the field, even if his shoulder was still hurt.”

About Monteilh having to miss their big games to end the season, Fale Laeli said:
“It was tough for him, he always was telling me he like play. You can tell he was hurt. He wanted to be playing in the Sugar Bowl.” (HSB)

About how he and Monteilh were teammates at Saint Louis before becoming Warriors, Laeli said:
“(At Saint Louis) me and Keao, we always told each other we were going to leave (Hawaii). Things just turned different and we came to UH.” (HSB)

About how former UH player Eddie Klaneski (a coach at Saint Louis then) encouraged then to go to UH where he said they could play right away, Monteilh said:
“(Klaneski) always said I had a good chance to play next year and I always took that strong and thought maybe I could play. At first I was like ‘Ah whatever, that’s what he’s going to tell me.’ But he kept telling me that after the season and during basketball season and during track season and I started to believe.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “From a scrawny walk-on to a leader on a defense that could be one of UH’s greatest ever, Monteilh battled his way to the top of the depth chart, first at cornerback, and now at safety. Once almost too skinny to play Pop Warner football at age 11, Monteilh says he’s close to 200 pounds after arriving at UH at around 170.”

About their confidence on defense, Monteilh said:
“Defense-wise, our attitude is we’re going to line up and we’re going to beat you. No matter what you throw at us, that is how we think. We’ve got the attitude that we’re going to take you 1-on-1.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Monteilh and senior Desmond Thomas are the top two safeties entering camp, but have plenty of competition behind them. Dane Porlas returns as one of the top backups and senior Erik Robinson, junior Viliami Nauahi and Le’Marcus Gibson also will contend for playing time. Sophomore’s Kenny Estes and Spencer Smith are also in the mix, as well as Oregon State transfer Mana Silva.”

About how their depth will make them a great team, Monteilh said:
“We’re going to have a great team because we have so many guys. Some people kind of say, you know, I’m battling positions with you, I’m not going to help you out. Over here is nothing like that. Everyone helps everyone out and may the best man win. A battle is a battle and we just push each other harder.” (HSB)

About Monteilh being married, Laeli said:
“I’m telling you man, he’s going to be wearing the smallest handcuffs in the world.” (HSB)

Cooke Field bids opened

July 26, 2008

About the importance of getting Cooke field renovated, Tim Grasso said:
“It would be a huge thing if we could actually get on this field. Right now, it’s not really used that much. The track’s great but to actually have a practice out on this field would be great. It’s right next to the locker room.” (KHNL)

KHNL Note: “The university is moving forward to renovate Cooke Field. It finalized the bidding process Friday afternoon and the difference between the two lowest bids? A mere $20,000. But the difference between the lowest and the highest bid is almost $400 thousand.”

About the importance of competition to keep the bids down, Logan Hamocon (who owns Sports Turf Hawaii and had the lowest bid at $862,381) said:
“For me that just goes to show, the need for competition, fair competition.” (KHNL)

KHNL Note: “Applied Surface Technology had the next lowest bid at $883,863. Two other bids were $1.05 million and $.125 million. Hamocon has a C-27 landscape contractor license, and his main competitor Dennis Sadowski, with Applied Surface Technology, has a C-68FF license. Sadowski, who is on the contractors board, complained, and then was assigned the task of reworking the rules, according to the Contractors License Board’s meeting minutes from October 2007. The contractors board is looking into which license is necessary to actually do the job.”

KHNL Note: “Hamocon did the work on Murakami Stadium, winning praise from the baseball team. The football team looks forward to a similar type of synthetic turf.”

About how it is better to have turf on their practice field, Grasso said:
“Practicing on turf is a lot better than on grass. If your opponent is playing on turf, you should be practicing on turf. It’s tough for us because Aloha Stadium is so far away. We can’t practice there but it would be huge to practice on Cooke Field.” (KHNL)

Looking forward to getting Cooke Field ready as soon as possible, Hamocon said:
“My team, my company, myself, we’re ready to go. So just give us the work.” (KHNL)

About renovating Cooke Field, Grasso said:
“We’d be stepping it up like other colleges and universities, and just seeing a program moving forward.” (KHNL)

When KHNL asked if they would win back to back championships, Grasso said:
“Absolutely.” (KHNL)