Sports Notebook


UH wide receiver Jeremiah Cockheran took a hit from defensive back David Gilmore during drills Saturday on the UH practice field.

Day off great
for UH health

Warriors on the move
Spartans' roster spartan

By Dave Reardon

A full day off did wonders for some of the Hawaii football players.

Projected starters defensive end Travis Laboy (toe), wide receiver Justin Colbert (calf) and inside receiver Gerald Welch (knee) returned to practice after sitting out Saturday's scrimmage and taking yesterday off as the rest of the team did.

"They got their legs back," coach June Jones said. "The day off did everyone some good."

Concerns remain, however, as cornerback Kelvin Millhouse joined the long list of walking wounded with a tender left ankle, and inside receiver Omar Bennett was out with a slightly sprained knee.

The receivers and defensive back positions seem to be most afflicted.

Safeties Matt Manuma (knee) and Leonard Peters (spleen, kidney) are out for undetermined lengths of time. Peters is out of the hospital and attended practice yesterday.

Defensive back Kenny Patton (hip), running back Pesefea Fiaseu (knee), wide receiver Bryant Stevens (hamstring), inside receiver Britton Komine (hamstring), wide receiver Denny Flanagan (hamstring), and wide receiver Kanale George (concussion) are day-to-day or worse, but attending practice.

Quarterback Tim Chang remains out with a broken bone on the pinkie of his throwing hand.

Chang is on the watch list for the Davey O'Brien Award, which goes annually to the nation's best quarterback.

But the voters might not have anything to watch of Chang until at least the second week of the season.

Chang has a removable splint that he often takes off to massage the finger.

He said he hopes to return to practice by the end of the week and play Aug. 31 against Eastern Illinois.

"There are still a lot of dings," Jones said. "We have one more week to get in football shape and one week after that to prepare for the (opening) game."

Scholies for Kauka, Moe: Running back Jonathan Kauka and linebacker T.J. Moe were awarded scholarships at a team meeting Thursday night.

Kauka, a 6-foot, 209-pound senior, is in a long line for playing time at running back, but is expected to be a valuable contributor on special teams again this year.

Moe, a 5-foot-11, 218-pound freshman, is also slated to be the long snapper.

From the Bronco's mouth: Former UH receiver Ashley Lelie, a first-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos, has agreed to chronicle his rookie season in a weekly column for the Star-Bulletin.

Lelie's column will appear each Tuesday.

Jones to host clinic: The first June Jones Sports Agility Clinic will be held Sunday at the UH practice field. Jones, strength and conditioning coach Mel deLaura and secondary coach Rich Miano will host the clinic, which is from 8 to 10:30 a.m. It is open to all ages and there is a $10 fee.

Call 671-3812 for information.

Around the WAC: Southern Methodist wide receiver Chris Cunningham will miss the 2002 season after X-rays revealed he broke two bones in his left foot during a scrimmage Saturday.

Cunningham, who led SMU with 45 catches for 516 yards and seven touchdowns last season, has one more year of eligibility available. The senior played as a freshman and will use his redshirt season this fall.

Short yardage: Beginning tomorrow, UH changes its practice schedule to 2-5 p.m., with a night session at 7:45 ending at 9:15. The Warriors will go with this schedule through Friday. On Saturday, camp concludes with a single practice from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Starting next Monday, UH goes to its regular-season practice schedule of 7-9 a.m. ... John West, Michael Brewster and Chad Owens worked on returning kickoffs yesterday afternoon. ... The NCAA waiver request for freshman defensive back A.J. Martinez, who is currently considered a non-qualifier, is progressing and a ruling is expected soon, UH compliance coordinator Daniel Arakaki said.

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