UH’s Pilares ready to play after missing past 2 games
Hawaii freshman running back Kealoha Pilares said his sprained knee is better and the Warriors' leading ground-gainer is ready to play after missing the last two games.
"Good to go already, training hard and I'm in better shape than I was. I think I'll be ready. All week we have to practice hard," Pilares said.
Pilares watched Hawaii's dramatic 28-26 victory at Nevada with friends at his dorm, while his parents made the trip to Reno.
"I was kind of sad I couldn't go. They had a good time, but it's all about supporting the team, not just me," Pilares said.
He leads the Warriors with 294 yards rushing and has three touchdowns.
David Farmer, Leon Wright-Jackson and Daniel Libre are listed in that order at running back on the UH depth chart, but Pilares is also expected to play.
UH starting wide receiver Jason Rivers
did not practice yesterday due to a headache. Rivers fell on his head during the Nevada game.
"He wanted to practice, but we held him out," receivers coach Ron Lee said. "He'll play Friday."
Malcolm Lane is the first backup.
Starting defensive tackle Fale Laeli will be a game-time decision. He practiced a few plays yesterday with sore ribs. Keala Watson and Siave Seti will probably see more playing time.
Boise State starting safety Jeron Johnson (hip) and third-string running back D.J. Harper (ankle) are out. Austin Smith or Jason Robinson will start next to Marty Tadman at safety.
UH is encouraging fans to wear green as part of a "greenout" promotion.
The Boise State contingent of at least 2,000 can be counted on to stick to blue and orange.