Sports Notebook

Tuesday, November 20, 2001


Nicked up Hawaii
rests after thriller

Rolo may have shot at NFL

By Dave Reardon

The Hawaii football team took a well-deserved second day off yesterday after its thrilling 52-51 victory over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday.

Well, sort of.

The Warriors still attended position meetings to begin preparing for Air Force (5-5), which Hawaii (7-3) hosts Saturday at Aloha Stadium. Kickoff is 6:05 p.m.

"We're a little banged-up, so the rest will be good," said quarterbacks coach Dan Morrison, who filled in as speaker for head coach June Jones at yesterday's Honolulu Quarterback Club meeting. "The plan is to practice lightly (today) and really get going Wednesday for Air Force."

Linebacker Keani Alapa joined the list of the walking wounded with a right shoulder injury suffered during the Miami game.

Alapa, who started the past two games for Pisa Tinoisamoa (leg stress fracture), is listed as probable. The coaches hope he can go Saturday, since Tinoisamoa is listed as doubtful and might also miss the season-ending Brigham Young game on Dec. 8.

Freshman Patrick Harley played a lot for Alapa in the second half against Miami.

Another possible replacement is safety Robert Grant; he played linebacker and did a credible job against Rice, the last option team Hawaii faced.

Coach's day off: Jones spent yesterday on Kauai, playing in the pro-am round of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

With only four pros to go around, the amateurs played only part of their rounds with one of the major winners at Poipu Bay Resort Golf Course.

Jones played eight holes with a friend from his Atlanta days, British Open champion David Duval.

"It was fun. I hit it pretty good for not having played since the middle of July," Jones said. "But I did hit some balls at the range the past couple weeks."

Dinner with Joe D.: Nick Rolovich's grandfather, Wassil Rolovich, was a close friend of the late baseball superstar Joe DiMaggio.

"He's in his biography and everything," the UH quarterback said. "I got to have dinner with (DiMaggio) once when I was 12 and I have his picture in my room. I just wish I was a little older so I could have known more about him."

Climbing the charts: Hawaii wide receiver Ashley Lelie is second in the nation in touchdown receptions with 14 on the season. Marshall's Darius Watts has 17.

Lelie is sixth in the country in receiving yards with 1,166.

Short yardage: Air Force arrives today, and plans a brief practice at Fort DeRussy. ... The Falcons lost the fourth of their last five games when they fell to Nevada-Las Vegas 34-10 on Saturday. ... UH safeties Nate Jackson and Jacob Espiau had 16 tackles apiece on Saturday. ... Rolovich and Lelie have now hooked up for a team-record 10 touchdown passes. The previous mark of nine was set by Dan Robinson and Dwight Carter in 1999. ... Justin Colbert became the third UH receiver to catch at least 10 passes in a game this season with his 10-reception, 151-yard effort Saturday. ... Roberts Hawaii School Bus is offering round trip shuttle service to Saturday's game. Call 832-4886 for information. ... Hawaii is ranked 63rd and Air Force 66th in the latest CBS Sportsline power rankings.

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