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Hawaii offensive linemen Sean Shigematsu and Dave Lefotu learned college football is a bottom-line business. At the start of training camp three weeks ago, both fifth-year seniors were at the bottom of the depth chart.
The University of Hawaii football team created scout teams in preparation for the Aug. 30 opener against Washington. The scouts, also known as service players, will simulate the Huskies' offense and defenses in practices.
Benetton Fonua has a special outlet. The Hawaii junior linebacker out of Kahuku High, a former state defensive player of the year, hasn't seen the Aloha Stadium field much with the Rainbow Warriors. On defense, anyway.
Gaetano DeMattei felt out of place as a college freshman. But his angst had little to do with relocating from northern California to Hawaii. A product of the storied De La Salle program in high school, DeMattei wasn't thinking about pursuing college football when he first enrolled at the University of Hawaii.
Thelma Chow, the mother of University of Hawaii football coach Norm Chow, died on Sunday in Boise, Idaho. She was 97. "She was a very special woman who supported her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren," Norm Chow said. "She was very special."
Hawaiian Telcom is offering a pay-per-view package on Oahu containing eight of the University of Hawaii's 13 football games, the cable provider announced Tuesday.
For Wednesday's practice at Aloha Stadium, the University of Hawaii football team seemingly planned for every scenario. There were drills for the proper way to run from the locker room to the sideline, substitutions for injured players, and the correct positioning of the water coolers.
Tuesday was moving day. Except for three days spent in the dormitories because of the threat of Hurricane Iselle, the Rainbow Warriors lived in two dance studios for 13 days during fall camp.
A drop of blood clung to Tevita Lataimua's jaw line. Flecks of black rubber from the T.C. Ching Complex's FieldTurf dotted the senior linebacker's practice jersey and pads.
The rise of quarterback Ikaika Woolsey began with a fall. During Tuesday's full-pads scrimmage, Tuesday, Woolsey darted into the open field, exceeded the first-down marker and ... slid?
In an election with 100 percent voter turnout, the University of Hawaii football team selected eight captains for the 2014 season. "We're going to make them realize every single day that they're captains," coach Norm Chow said.
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