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Friday, March 9, 2001

WARRIOR FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK

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UH Football


First scrimmage
tomorrow


Paul Arnett
Star-Bulletin

Tomorrow's first spring scrimmage for the University of Hawaii won't resemble any football game played this fall.

Associate head coach George Lumpkin said after yesterday morning's workout that the team will run as many as 30 plays, but it will be more situations than anything else. The coaches met yesterday afternoon to hammer out the details.

"We're going to practice for about 45 minutes, then we're going to scrimmage," Lumpkin said. "Early on, we're going to go into the end zone and coming out of the end zone, some goal-line. Then we'll go into a regular scrimmage.

"It will be a mix of the starters and guys fighting for those jobs. In the spring, everybody has to kind of show what they can do. And we switched a lot of defensive positions, so we need to see how they handle themselves. What we're looking for more than anything else is consistency."

Defensive coordinator Kevin Lempa also wants to take a hard look at the younger guys, get them on film and see how they're developing through the course of spring and fall camp. Once the season begins, the coaches don't get the opportunity to look at the younger players as much.

"We'll probably do first team against second team for part of the scrimmage," Lempa said. "And then we'll try to set up situations with first team against first team.

"We'll do some things like coming out of the green zone, trying to get a first down. If they don't get it, then they punt. We'll also do red zone and try to score. If we don't, then we'll kick a field goal.

"We'll try to look at some of the other players who we don't know as much about. A lot of the scrimmage will be for the second, third and fourth-team guys."

Most of the defensive playbook is in place. Now, it's a matter of seeing how the pieces fit together.

"We want to have two teams on defense with as equal ability as we can get," Lempa said. "Each week, we're going to review and try to get better."

Injury report

Backup wideout Kanale George dislocated his shoulder during yesterday morning's practice and is out for the spring.

The St. Louis School product broke his collar bone last spring, but according to a UH trainer, yesterday's injury is unrelated. He will be sidelined for eight to 12 weeks, depending upon the severity of the dislocation.

Defensive tackle Mike Iosua will probably not play in tomorrow's scrimmage. He sprained his ankle yesterday and was sidelined today.

"I wasn't able to come back like I thought I would," Iosua said.

He missed most of last year with a bad left ankle and shoulder injury. The trainers say he is slow to heal, but should be back near full speed as early as next week.

"Last year, Mike pretty much played with one arm and one leg," UH defensive line coach Vantz Singletary said. "We finally had to tell him to sit down.

"He was our best guy up front last year. When the coaches scouted us, they would always say that No. 70 was the man they had to stop. Hopefully, he'll be back next week because we need him in there. He's a leader."




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