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Hawaii freshmen adjust to new workout routine


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POSTED: Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Getting a jump on college life has created some hectic days for some of the Hawaii football team's incoming freshmen.

While some of their classmates are soaking in the summer, their days begin with pre-dawn wake-ups for the Warriors' conditioning sessions, followed by classes during the day and voluntary drills in the afternoon.

“;It's an adjustment for some of us,”; quarterback Cayman Shutter said. “;I'm starting to get the routine down.”;

Shutter had also been juggling mandatory 2-hour graduation rehearsals, although those have dropped off his schedule after picking up his Punahou diploma last Saturday. Corey Nielsen, a Gahr High School valedictorian, is also heading back to California for graduation on June 16.

As they acclimate to college, Shutter, Nielsen and David Graves, another freshman quarterback and Shutter's roommate, are familiarizing themselves with the run-and-shoot in film sessions and 7-on-7 drills four afternoons a week. Coaches aren't allowed to attend the unsupervised workouts, so guidance comes from returning quarterbacks Greg Alexander, Brent Rausch and Shane Austin.

“;They've all been really helpful to us,”; Shutter said.

While some of the newcomers are immersed in the summer program, others — such as junior college transfer Aaron Brown — are scheduled to arrive next month for the second session of summer school.

Brown, a heralded safety, said he finished his requirements at Saddleback (Calif.) College and will report to UH on July 5. In the meantime, he's been training on his own to prepare for fall camp.

“;Even though I'm not there, I'm still trying to get into top physical condition,”; said Brown, who is being looked upon to help replenish a UH secondary hit hard by graduation after last season.

Fall camp is scheduled to start on Aug. 6.

Camping season

While Greg McMackin and the Warriors' coaches already have fall camp on their minds, they're also preparing for the program's series of summer camps.

“;It gives us a chance to teach technique and fundamentals and provide a positive experience for the kids of Hawaii,”; McMackin said. “;And it's great to get the kids on campus at the University of Hawaii.

“;It gives our coaches a chance to evaluate and get to know them and have them get to know us.”;

Shutter attended the camp the last two years, viewing it as an opportunity to refine his skills in front of the UH coaches. Nielsen traveled from California to attend last year's camp before eventually committing to Hawaii.

“;Working with (quarterbacks coach Nick Rolovich) helped a lot of with the finer details of playing the game as far as footwork and things like that,”; Shutter said.

“;To go to a camp where the coaches are watching is really good. Everybody had a chance to demonstrate what they have.”;

The series begins Saturday and Sunday with the Kids Camp for ages 5-12. The fee is $40.

The Skills Camp (ages 13 and up) is set for June 16-19 and is designed for receivers, defensive backs, quarterbacks, running backs and tight ends. The registration fee is $80 before June 11. The walk-up fee is $90.

The Big Man's Camp (ages 13 and up) for linemen is June 22-24. The pre-registration fee is $60 before June 17. The walk-up price is $75.

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