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Tuesday, November 9, 2004



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D-line gets a boost,
O-line takes a hit

Kamakawiwo'ole and LaCount
return for UH's defense, but
the offense loses Fa'avi to injury

The Hawaii football team's defensive line got a boost with the return to practice yesterday of starting end Kila Kamakawiwo'ole and backup tackle Kahai LaCount.

But the offensive line will be without starting center Derek Fa'avi when the Warriors (4-4, 4-3 Western Athletic Conference) leave tomorrow for Friday's game at rival Fresno State (5-3, 2-3), Fa'avi and coach June Jones said.

Kamakawiwo'ole missed the last two games -- at Boise State on Nov. 29 and against Louisiana Tech at Aloha Stadium last Saturday -- because his appendix was removed 12 days ago.

He was initially expected to miss as few as three games and perhaps the rest of the season. But Kamakawiwo'ole began attending practices last week as an observer, and yesterday he worked out with the first defense.

"The muscles are getting healed. I feel like about 50 percent," Kamakawiwo'ole said. "It hurts a little when I run, but it gets better every day. The doctor said I'm doing good for someone who just had his appendix out."

Kamakawiwo'ole said he doesn't have to worry about stitches coming out because they are the kind that melt.

"My recovery has nothing to do with the incision," he said. "It's just the muscles healing."

He said he felt "a little rusty, first day back."

Said Jones: "He's not 100 percent, but he's going to see what he can do."

LaCount had been out for a month with a sprained knee. His return adds much-needed depth at the defensive tackle spot behind Lui Fuga and Matt Faga.

"This is the longest ever I had to sit out," LaCount said. "It feels a little weak, but it's getting stronger with rehab and exercise."

The news isn't as good for UH on the other side of the line. The right-knee injury suffered by Fa'avi in the LaTech game will keep him out of at least Friday's game. He was asked if he was on the travel roster.

"There wouldn't be a point," he said.

"Derek's not going to be able to go," Jones said.

Uriah Moenoa, normally the starting right guard, is a key to the offensive line puzzle. Moenoa did not play last week because of a strained hamstring. He might come back this week; if he does he would likely play center. If Moenoa is not available, starting left guard Samson Satele might play center, with Marques Kaonohi moving in at left guard.

"Uriah's still sore, but he's trying to do what he can do," Jones said.

Meanwhile, linebacker, Ikaika Curnan's ankle and Tanuvasa Moe's hamstring continue to improve. But it is not yet known how much the former starters can contribute at Fresno.

No. 14 to Hall: The uniform shirt quarterback Tim Chang wore in his NCAA-career-yardage-breaking performance Saturday will be sent to the College Football Hall of Fame.

"The Hall of Fame requested the jersey before the Boise State game," UH spokeswoman Lois Manin said.

It will probably be sent to the South Bend, Ind., hall after the season.

Safety dance: Lamar Broadway and Landon Kafentzis both played well at safety Saturday, but the coaches still haven't decided on a starter to go with leading-tackler Leonard Peters.

"They both did very well," defensive backs coach Rich Miano said. "Lamar got the game ball for creating three or four big plays, including the fumble Abraham (Elimimian) recovered for the touchdown."

Broadway will start Friday, as UH has rotated the starters since Lono Manners was lost for the season with a broken ankle.

Lineman commits: Adrian Thomas, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive tackle from Australia, has committed to UH.

Thomas, whose athletic background is mostly in rugby, might enroll in school here in January.


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Hawaii statistics


TEAM STATISTICS


HAWAII OPP
FIRST DOWN 170 196
Rushing 41 114
Passing 119 74
Penalty 10 8
RUSHING YARDAGE 757 2,032
Yards gained rushing 887 2,251
Yards lost rushing 130 219
Rushing attempts 155 378
Average per rush 4.9 5.4
Average per game 94.6 254.0
Touchdowns rushing 9 23
PASSING YARDAGE 2,596 1,573
Att-Comp-Int 399-226-11 255-137-11
Average per pass 6.5 6.2
Average per catch 11.5 11.5
Average per game 324.5 196.6
Touchdowns passing 19 13
TOTAL OFFENSE 3,353 3,605
Total plays 554 633
Average per play 6.1 5.7
Average per game 419.1 450.6
KICK RETURNS: No-Yds 34-745 23-590
PUNT RETURNS: No-Yds 23-289 23-287
INT. RETURNS: No-Yds 11-50 11-116
FUMBLES-LOST 14-5 13-5
PENALTIES-YARDS 50-436 61-467
PUNTS-AVG 36-38.2 37-41.1
TIME OF POSSESSION/GAME 27:23 32:38
3RD-DOWN CONVERSIONS 45/108 62/126
4TH-DOWN CONVERSIONS 4/11 9/12


Rushing


G Att Net Avg TD Long
Brewster 8 70 448 6.4 5 42
Keliikipi 7 36 197 5.5 3 21
Akina 5 10 102 10.2 0 28
Satcher 1 6 34 5.7 0 15
Maneafaiga 1 4 19 4.8 1 13
Bass 1 2 5 2.5 0 3
Latuselu 3 1 2 2.0 0 2
Team 7 7 -18 -2.6 0 0
Chang 8 19 -32 -1.7 0 14
Total 8 155 757 4.9 9 42


Passing

G Att Comp Int Yds TD Long
Chang 8 377 218 8 2,489 19 75
Akina 5 18 7 3 84 0 19
Kapanui 8 2 0 0 0 0 0
Team 7 1 0 0 0 0 0
Satcher 1 1 1 0 23 0 23
Total 8 399 226 11 2,596 19 75


Receiving

G Rec Yds Avg TD Long
Owens 8 63 645 10.2 7 75
Rivers 8 42 490 11.7 1 39
Komine 8 35 556 15.9 3 62
Brewster 8 24 183 7.6 1 31
Welch 8 23 276 12.0 3 30
Poumele 5 13 151 11.6 2 29
Dickerson 8 11 111 10.1 1 31
Sample 4 7 71 10.1 0 24
Keliikipi 7 7 69 9.9 0 26
Ferguson 7 1 44 44.0 0 44
Moenoa 7 0 0 0.0 1 0
Total 8 226 2,596 11.5 19 75


Total Offense

G Plays Rush Pass Tot Avg
Chang 8 396 -32 2,489 2,457 307.1
Brewster 8 70 448 0 448 56.0
Keliikipi 7 36 197 0 197 28.1
Akina 5 28 102 84 186 37.2
Satcher 1 7 34 23 57 57.0
Maneafaiga 1 4 19 0 19 19.0
Bass 1 2 5 0 5 5.0
Latuselu 3 1 2 0 2 0.7
Team 7 8 -18 0 -18 -2.6
Total 8 554 757 2,596 3,353 419.1


Scoring

TD FG 1XP 2XP Tot
Owens 10 0 0 0 60
Ayat 0 9 25 0 52
Brewster 6 0 0 0 36
Welch 3 0 0 1 20
Komine 3 0 0 0 18
Keliikipi 3 0 0 0 18
Elimimian 2 0 0 0 12
Poumele 2 0 0 0 12
Moenoa 1 0 0 0 6
Dickerson 1 0 0 0 6
Maneafaiga 1 0 0 0 6
Rivers 1 0 0 0 6
Chang 0 0 0 0 0
Total 33 9 25 1 252


Punting

No. Yds Avg Long
Milne 35 1,374 39.3 55
Team 1 0 0.0 0
Total 36 1,374 38.2 55


Punt Returns

No. Yds Avg TD Long
Owens 21 288 13.7 3 75
Ferguson 2 -2 -1.0 0 0
Hogan 0 3 0.0 0 3
Total 23 289 12.6 3 75


Kick Returns

No. Yds Avg TD Long
Ferguson 15 372 24.8 0 66
Dickerson 13 284 21.8 0 40
Maneafaiga 2 34 17.0 0 19
Owens 1 28 28.0 0 28
Cole 1 7 7.0 0 7
Faimealelei 1 15 15.0 0 15
Kapanui 1 5 5.0 0 5
Total 34 745 21.9 0 66


Interceptions

No. Yds Avg TD Long
Elimimian 5 30 6.0 1 20
Peters 3 20 6.7 0 15
Hollingsworth 1 0 0.0 0 0
Moe 1 0 0.0 0 0
Patton 1 0 0.0 0 0
Total 11 50 4.5 1 20


TACKLES

G UT AT Tot
Peters 8 47 30 77
Purcell 8 30 15 45
Moe 6 23 21 44
Kapanui 8 19 21 40
Elimimian 8 30 10 40
Patton 6 25 10 35
Broadway 8 18 15 33
Ho'ohuli 8 17 14 31
Manners 5 16 14 30
Kamakawiwoole 7 16 9 25
Faga 8 11 14 25
Curnan 6 13 10 23
Fuga 8 14 7 21
Hogan 7 14 2 16
Akpan 7 7 7 14
Alama-Francis 7 10 4 14
Paepule 5 5 6 11
Hollingsworth 4 6 4 10
Manutai 8 5 5 10
Kalilimoku 7 5 4 9
Tautofi 7 5 4 9
Kafentzis 8 4 4 8
Lutu-Carroll 5 2 5 7
Allen-Jones 7 4 2 6
LaCount 4 1 2 3
Bass 2 1 2 3
Moreland 5 2 1 3
Sauafea 4 2 1 3
Ayat 8 3 0 3
Noa, Karl 5 1 1 2
Blackburn 2 2 0 2
Manuma 7 0 2 2
Harley 3 2 0 2
Noa, Kilinahe 7 2 0 2
Komine 8 1 1 2
Milne 8 1 1 2
Watson 2 1 1 2
Faavi 7 2 0 2
Fergerstrom 6 0 2 2
Cole 6 2 0 2
Runge 8 1 1 2
Keomaka 4 1 1 2
Miranda 2 1 0 1
Akina 5 0 1 1
Dickerson 8 0 1 1
Brewster 8 0 1 1
Welch 8 0 1 1
Murray 1 1 0 1
Tautofi 7 0 1 1
Tuioti-Mariner 3 1 0 1
Keliikipi 7 1 0 1
Total 7 322 238 560

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