Other quotes from the local papers

About how he’ll have an MRI to determine how bad his left AC joint injury is, Letuli said:
“It sucks. It feels like I’m always prone to injuries. It’s the way it is, I guess.” (HA)

HA Note: “Slotback Dustin Blount, a junior-college transfer, was left off the 66-player travel roster to Florida because he was expected to redshirt this season. Those plans have now been canceled. Blount will compete for playing time at slotback.”

About how he didn’t travel for the Florida game due to his walking pneumonia, with a fever up to 104 degrees, Craig Stutzmann said:
“I was delirious until about (last week) Tuesday.” (HA)

“I was (mostly) in my bedroom all week. I didn’t get out of bed until Friday evening, maybe.” (HA)

About how he did not eat for “three or four days” and lost about 15 pounds, Stutzmann said:
“I’ll be fine.” (HA)

About how he wants to beat his friend Ron McBride (coach of Weber State, UH’s next opponent), Mack said:
“I think the world of Ron but it is like other coaches I know that we have played, you want to kick their tail is what you want to do.” (HA)

About how he was called in 1999 and asked if he would take Utah’s head coaching job if Ron McBride got the UH job, Mack said:
“I would’ve gone. Isn’t it funny how things work out?” (HSB)

HSB Note: “It was McMackin who wound up in Hawaii instead of McBride, after June Jones answered “deal” to UH’s final offer. One of Jones’ first calls was to McMackin, asking him to come run the defense. He did it for one year, left, came back last season and is 2-for-2 in WAC championships. McBride lasted at Utah until 2002 (his replacement there was one Urban Meyer) and went to be an assistant at Kentucky.”

About McBride, Mack said:
“I coached for Ron McBride for three years, he’s a great coach, physical, tough, hard-nosed, he’s spread it out a little bit (on offense) … He’s a guy that loves Hawaii, he’s got 15 or more Hawaiian kids on his team. They’re coming here to make a statement and we need everyone to come to the ballgame and need everybody’s help. This isn’t going to be as easy of a game as everybody makes it as.” (HSB)

About how he’s going to complain to the WAC about the head-on helmet collision that LWJ had in the Florida game, Mack said:
“We’re going to turn it in to the WAC. Actually I thought the officials (from the Southeastern Conference) did a pretty good job overall. I’m really proud of how our team didn’t get many penalties.” (HSB)

About how the WAC can’t do anything about what happened in the Florida game,
“In a nonconference game, I don’t have any jurisdiction. It would be up to the Southeastern Conference to review.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Hawaii was penalized seven times for 60 yards compared to 13 times for 90 yards for Florida.”

Joking about Salas’ fractured hand, Mack said:
“He caught a touchdown – he might be better. I would have broke (his) other hand (too).” (HSB)

Hoping that Letuli will be able to play against Weber State, Ron Lee said:
“There’s a chance he’ll be ready. We’ll see. We got a couple days of practice to go.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “If he isn’t, Lee said starting left guard Keith AhSoon or reserve Ray Hisatake could move over to the position to compete with Aaron Kia.”

About how he had Alex Gerke (who was coaching at Weber State until he came to UH before this season) talk to the Warriors about the challenge Weber State will give them, Mack said:
“I had him talk to us about the team, and believe me, we’re gonna get better and better every week, and we have to play better than we did last week. This is gonna be a tough ballgame.” (HSB)


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