Quotes from the local papers

About how his arm will be fine for Monday’s practice after 3 days of rest, Brent said:
“I’ll be 100 percent by Monday.” (HA)

About Brent’s status, Mack said:
“He’s No. 1 as long as he’s healthy.” (HA)

About how this time sitting out practice could help him, Brent said:
“It’s good to see the offense and defense from a different perspective. It’s actually pretty good. It helped me a little bit.” (HA)

About yelling “you’re fired” to Corey Paredes after yesterday’s practice, Sol said:
“He used to be my apprentice. I got him a locker right next to me. I let him have my pads, my coveted red pads. I gave him everything I had because he was under my tutelage. … He left us. He left all of us. It was a secret coup, behind my back. It’s heartbreaking.” (HA)

About moving from LB to RB, Paredes said:
“Duty calls.” (HA)

HA Note: “Indeed, Paredes was the most surprised about the switch. But a move was needed because of injuries to running backs David Farmer (strained right knee) and Jake Heun (herniated disc). What’s more, Daniel Libre did not practice because of a minor ailment. The only healthy running back with game experience is Leon Wright-Jackson.”

About moving Paredes to RB, Ron Lee said:
“He’s tough, rugged, and he can run. He played (running back) in high school. He knows the offense. He’ll be good because of that physical toughness and blocking (ability).” (HA)

About Paredes, Mack said:
“We still like him on defense, too. I think he’s going to be a good team member.” (HA)

About being told by Cal Lee Friday night to report to Gerke, Paredes said:
“I wasn’t too sure what it was all about.” (HA)

HA Note: “Paredes, who is 5 feet 11 and 235 pounds, was a linebacker and receiver at Castle High School, but he also was used as a running back in certain situations. Yesterday, he wore a plain white jersey. When he entered a team drill, a defender yelled: “Hit Corey!” ”

About Paredes practicing yesterday at RB, Sol said:
“I saw him out there, and I said, ‘What’s going on? … But he did look good out there at running back.” (HA)

Paredes said that RB:
“felt pretty natural. I still have a lot of fundamentals and techniques to work on. I have to get my footwork down.” (HA)

About not being on scholarship, Paredes said:
“I just love to play.” (HA)

About the good news from his MRI, Farmer said:
“It looked worse on film, but it was good news. I hope to be back in a couple of weeks.” (HA)

HA Note: “Left wideout Greg Salas and right wideout Malcolm Lane have won starting jobs. But the development of Nasca, who moved from slotback to wideout a week ago, and Taylor, a junior college transfer who was cleared to practice the past Wednesday, have created more options. The speedy Nasca, a Pearl City High graduate who transferred from Azusa Pacific last year, has ascended to No. 2 right wideout. Because Nasca and Taylor are still learning the position, it was decided that Pollard, who was the No. 2 right wideout through the first two weeks of training camp, should move to left wideout.”

About how Pollard adjusted quickly to the left wideout spot, Mack said:
“He knows how to play both sides.” (HA)

Praising Pollard, Ron Lee said:
“He’s been consistent. He has good hands.” (HA)

HA Note: “Lee also said that when Nasca and Taylor become more proficient at right wideout, then Lane also could be used to spell Salas at left wideout.”

HA Note: “So, too, can Taylor, who was recruited as a slotback. But a two-week delay — UH would not allow him to practice until his final junior-college transcript was certified — forced a change in plans. Taylor has been given fewer reads at wideout. Instead, they are using his speed — 10.4 seconds over 100 meters — to stretch defenses.

About Taylor, Ron Lee said:
“He has a lot to learn, but his speed can help us.” (HA)

HA Note: “In schemes involving five defensive backs — nickel (4-2-5) and Okie (3-3-5) — Mouton becomes the nickelback. Often sneaking into the tackle box, Mouton has made several sacks off blitzes during team drills. When Mouton moves to nickelback, Roberts enters as the cornerback. Jeramy Bryant, a junior college transfer, and JoPierre Davis also have been in the rotation. But now Chris Black, also a junior college transfer, has entered the competition.”

About missing the first week of camp while completing school work at College of the Canyons, Black said:
“I had to get all of that done before I could transfer out here. Everything is OK now.” (HA)

HA Note: “Black, who is 5-10 and 175 pounds, has been competing at left cornerback. Yesterday, he made two diving pass breakups and an interception.”

Praising Black’s performance at practice yesterday, Mack said:
“He had a big day. I thought he did a heck of a job.” (HA)

About how he practiced despite a tender ankle, Black said:
“In DB drills, I kind of sprained it a little bit. But I got it taped up. I’m OK. It felt pretty good out there.” (HA)

About how they will practice on Monday and Tuesday before leaving on their trip, Mack said:
“You always want to do more. You’re thinking of what you haven’t covered, but we’ve been pretty well organized and my staff has done a great job preparing these guys. Now we’re going to script all of the practices for this week, doing the game plans … We’re in game week.” (HSB)

Excited that the season is about to begin, Mouton said:
“It’s been a long camp, but I think we’ve gotten a lot accomplished and I’m excited for next Saturday to get here and get out and play.” (HSB)

About how he got to know Mouton via MySpace before he even came to UH, Monteilh said:
“I got to know him a little better, he came out and we became good friends. I could tell he was a clown already just how he writes and how he talks. He was probably thinking the same thing about me.” (HSB)

About how he jokes around all the time except on the field, Mouton said:
“Football’s supposed to be fun. It’s been a long camp and everybody’s tired, but you just try to keep it upbeat. When we’re on the field, it’s serious. It’s about business.” (HSB)

About what Mouton brings to their defense, Miano said:
“He’s got the smarts, he’s got the instincts, he’s got the ability. Once in a while you’ll get a fast guy but he may be a little slower reacting because he doesn’t understand the concepts as well, or he doesn’t react as quickly. Ryan is a smart fast guy. He tackles well, his technique is very good. … He’s the most explosive person on the field.” (HSB)

About Mouton, Monteilh said:
“He’s so talented, he’s got speed, he’s got great vert. He’s such a talented guy I don’t really have to worry about him.” (HSB)

About defending the speedy Florida WRs, Mouton said:
“You can’t try to do too much, just be in position to make a play. Knowing you’re playing against the guys they have, the burners and the NFL-caliber guys that they are, you have to be jacked up for those types of thing.” (HSB)

About his friendship with Monteilh, Mouton said:
“I go home and I’m there for two or three days and the next thing you know I’m calling this guy.” (HSB)

About his friendship with Mouton, Monteilh said:
“We’re laid back. We like to make practice a little more fun, so the new guys can see it’s not just a hard struggle. Game time it’s serious. No jokes on the field.” (HSB)

About the 4 INTs they got in practice yesterday, Miano said:
“They come in bunches. The last few days we’ve been really tightening things down, reacting better to the quarterbacks, seeing the ball thrown and actually making the play.” (HSB)

After his first practice as a RB, Paredes said:
“It’s a big jump. It was pretty intense. It’s just the different type of drills catch you off guard.” (HSB)

Happy that his injury wasn’t as bad as they thought, Farmer said:
“It could have been worse, so it was good. Hopefully I’ll just rehab and I’m planning to be back in a few weeks.” (HSB)

About how he played some offense at Castle High, Paredes said:
“I’ve handled the ball before; it feels good and natural.” (HSB)

About how he isn’t sure if he’s permanently at RB, but for now:
“I have to learn a whole new playbook.” (HSB)

About moving Pollard to left wideout, Ron Lee said:
“He’s been steady, and we’re trying to give everyone a chance. At least for now we’re giving him a shot there at the X.”(HSB)

Impressed with Nasca’s performance since he moved from slotback to wideout, Ron Lee said:
“He’s fast and he knows what we’re doing.” (HSB)


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