CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARBULLETIN.COM
Hawaii coach June Jones and Colt Brennan conferred during yesterday's practice. Today, the scout team takes center stage.
UH uses break to check charts
For seven weeks of game-day preparation, the scout team has played the role of mimicking Hawaii's opponents.
The offense has run all different kinds of formations against a first-team defense that ranks in the top 11 in the country in sacks and turnovers gained.
The defense has had to chase three record-breaking receivers on route after route and a quarterback who has set at least 20 NCAA records.
But for one day only, the focus will switch to the guys normally wearing yellow in practice.
The annual scout-team scrimmage will be held today from 4 to 6 p.m. at the UH practice field.
Coaches will get a chance to check out some of the talent that's hiding under the radar at the bottom of the depth charts.
"There's a lot of guys waiting for their opportunity," Hawaii defensive coordinator Greg McMackin said. "We try to evaluate talent every chance we get, so this will be a big evaluation of our guys and the talent of our guys."
The teams are chosen by the senior starters on both offense and defense.
"I'm going to try and take Jake Santos first," senior cornerback Myron Newberry said. "He's tops on Mel Kiper's list."
Quarterback Colt Brennan is interested to check out (what else?) the quarterback battle.
"I think it will be an interesting battle between Jake (Santos) and Shane (Austin)," Brennan said. "That will be a big test for both of them."
The 17th-ranked Warriors (7-0, 4-0 WAC) have a bye this weekend. They return to action at home a week from Saturday against New Mexico State.