Warriors go spring bowling
The Hawaii spring game is taking shape.
It even has a name now.
"We're calling it the Warrior Bowl," said coach Greg McMackin, of the free event that caps spring practice, Saturday at Aloha Stadium.
Hawaii spring football scrimmage, Saturday, 7 p.m., Aloha Stadium
Kickoff would be at 7 p.m., except there will be no kickoffs. There will be punts, but no returns. Field goals and extra points, but no rushing them. The clock will run normally in the first half, but running time will be used in the second half.
Offensive coordinator Ron Lee will coach the Black team, which will have Inoke Funaki as a quarterback.
Defensive coordinator Cal Lee heads up the Green team, with Tyler Graunke at quarterback.
The rest of the rosters will be released tomorrow.
McMackin said Funaki and Graunke, who are battling for No. 1 status, will both play extensively Saturday.
"The quarterbacks aren't going to be live (targets for tackling), but they're going to play (a lot)," McMackin said. "And the good receivers are gonna play. We want to get a lot of looks at (Funaki and Graunke). They've been battling, they've been real close all spring. There'll be live bullets out there because the secondary will be going full speed."
McMackin originally planned to hold out some of the established defensive players, but the coach said they successfully campaigned to get in the action. The atmosphere will be similar to that of a real game.
"We'll have officials, 90 members of the band, cheerleaders," McMackin said. "And what I'm hoping -- we have the greatest fans in the world, that was proven at the Sugar Bowl -- we'll get 30,000 people there. The Gators had 60,000."