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With endorsements from coaches and teammates, Hawaii quarterback Ikaika Woolsey is hopeful of fulfilling his football promise in Saturday's road game against Rice.

Running back Pereese Joas appears on the way to earning a berth on the 64-player travel roster. Joas made several dazzling runs during the Rainbow Warriors' 90-minute practice on Tuesday.

After a 70-minute football practice that spilled into twilight, Hawaii coach Norm Chow came away optimistic for Saturday's game against Rice in Houston. "It was a good practice," Chow said of the rare extended Monday practice.

With no football game this weekend, the Hawaii coaches wore their bye-focals in seeking depth at key positions this week. "We had two goals this week," said coach Norm Chow, whose Warriors play against Rice in Houston next week.

For the Hawaii football team's first bye weekend of the season, defensive coordinator Kevin Clune has plans. He will watch videos of the following week's opponent, review the past week's practices and analyze everything that went wrong in the first four games.

On another SPF-50 morning in Manoa, quarterback Ikaika Woolsey coolly led the Hawaii football offense down the field during a two-minute drill. For this practice, at least, Woolsey showed he could take the heat.

Somewhere Kika Bukoski was smiling. "He's always there for me," Hawaii wideout Duke Bukoski said of his father. Kika Bukoski, a former UH football player, has said he does not want to be a distraction at practices, which are closed to everyone but media and family members.

Reserve quarterback Jeremy Higgins will miss the rest of the University of Hawaii football season because of a fracture in his left (throwing) hand. As a fifth-year senior, Higgins' college career has ended.

Five big plays from Hawaii’s 21-12 loss to Colorado

A breakdown of the game between the Rainbow Warriors and the Buffaloes

Two friends for decades -- Hawaii head coach Norm Chow and Colorado defensive coordinator Ken Baer -- greeted each other outside the visitors' locker room following the Buffaloes' 21-12 victory at Folsom Field.

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