3 running backs to share time
Flossie turned out to be a flopsie, but June Jones didn't want to take a chance. The Hawaii football coach was also concerned about ripping up the Warriors' grass practice field and causing unnecessary injuries, so he canceled the first of yesterday's two practices.
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That didn't mean the players slept in. They lifted and studied tape in the morning before a 2 1/2-hour workout.
"The film session was very good for us," running backs coach Wes Suan said. "I felt like my guys stayed pretty sharp."
Jones said his plan right now at running back is for David Farmer, Kealoha Pilares and Leon Wright-Jackson to share the significant time.
"Those three will all play about the same," Jones said.
Yesterday was moving day, as the players departed their cots after two weeks in the dance studios, headed for dorms and off-campus abodes.
"We're glad to get out of there," linebacker Solomon Elimimian said. "Cockroaches and stuff."
Jones added an hour to the afternoon workout, which focused on special teams technique followed by some 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 passing drills.
Cornerback Ryan Mouton intercepted a tipped pass in his first practice, and linebacker Brad Kalilimoku grabbed one, too; he soon joined the other three LB starters on the sideline, icing a knee. He said it is a minor injury, and didn't want to risk further damage. That's been a common refrain.
Jones said some position battles are still too close to call with two weeks left before the start of the season Sept. 1 against Northern Colorado.