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Monday, November 22, 1999

LeJay’s mark topped

Hawaii defensive back Quincy LeJay was in the NCAA record books for about two weeks after he tied the mark for most interception returns for touchdowns with three.

That record was broken last weekend by California defensive back Deltha O'Neal, who returned his fourth interception for a score against Oregon.

For about 15 seconds in last Saturday's game with the Naval Academy, LeJay had visions of pulling even with O'Neal once more after his interception of a Brian Madden pass at the UH 6 with 36 seconds left.

LeJay returned it 42 yards and was just one step out of bounds from taking it back all the way.

"I've still got one more game to go for it," LeJay said.

The interception was the sixth this year for LeJay. He's three shy of the UH single season mark of nine set by Walter Briggs in 1989.

Ulbrich sets mark

A lot has been made of all the offensive records set by Dan Robinson and Dwight Carter, but something that went unnoticed Saturday night was middle linebacker Jeff Ulbrich setting the team record for most tackles in a single season.

Ulbrich finished with a team-high 19 tackles in Hawaii's 48-41 win over the Naval Academy. He now has 151 for the season, three more than the record Tim Buchanan set in 1968.

"It's an honor to do something like that," Ulbrich said yesterday. "But my body is paying the price today."

Help from dad

Place-kicker Eric Hannum suffered through the worst two-game span of his career, missing five PATs and two field goals. But thanks to some helpful hints from dear old dad, Hannum slowed down a little, took a different angle and wound up hitting two field goals and six extra points.

"My dad said I was coming too hard through the football, that's one reason I was hooking everything so hard to the left," Hannum said. "I worked on waiting for (holder) Chad (Shrout) to get the ball down and then follow through. It worked to perfection. I'm feeling a lot more confident."

Warren on rise

UH outside linebacker Yaphet Warren is trying to play his way into the Hula Bowl.

The senior finished with 15 tackles to run his season total to 96, second only to Ulbrich. He also learned last week that he is a member of the GTE All-Academic team, something not lost on Bowl Games Hawaii director Marcia Klompus.

"He's just the kind of young man we're looking for to play in this game," Klompus said.

The Hula Bowl originally invited Ulbrich and offensive tackles Adrian Klemm and Kaulana Noa. But all three chose to play in the Senior Bowl, instead.

Injury report

Special teams standout Lonnie Williams suffered a concussion and was taken to the hospital Saturday night for observation. Defensive end Joe Correia reinjured his knee, but is expected to play the last two games of the season. Safety Phil Austin (hamstring) and defensive lineman Matt Elam (stress fracture) could be lost for the season.


By Paul Arnett



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