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When it comes to the running game, the University of Hawaii football team is thinking big. Penitito Faalologo, who is 5 feet 11 and 250 pounds, returned to the backfield this week after spending three practices on the defensive line. Story »
Wide receiver Marcus Kemp has gained 25 pounds since joining the University of Hawaii football team nine months ago, but he still has an insatiable hunger.

University of Hawaii linebackers Benny Fonua and Jamie Tago have suffered knee injuries and might miss the rest of spring football training. Both said they incurred the injuries during Saturday's practice.

When it comes to football grades, University of Hawaii defensive coordinator Kevin Clune is admittedly strict. But Clune acknowledged being pleased following Saturday's practice, the seventh of the Rainbow Warriors' spring training.

"I think effort-wise, it's an ‘A,' " Coach Norm Chow said following the Rainbow Warriors' seventh of 14 spring practices. The "Spring Fling," which will include a scrimmage-like segment, is considered the 15th practice.

Here's the dirt on the University of Hawaii football team's spring practice on Thursday: Quarterbacks Ikaika Woolsey and Jeremy Higgins had clean performances.

University of Hawaii linebacker Benneton "Benny" Fonua is no longer on the outside — not in his position alignment, not in his importance to the defense. "He's doing a good job for us," coach Norm Chow said of Fonua.

His freshman season behind him, Kennedy Tulimasealii is embracing a fresh start this spring. Keeping with the sense of renewal that typically accompanies spring practice, Tulimasealii enters his second year on the Hawaii defensive line eager to build on the experience of last fall while integrating into the Rainbow Warriors' revamped defensive scheme.

In the University of Hawaii football team's game of musical quarterbacks, Jeremy Higgins always manages to find a chair.

UH's defensive coordinator Kevin Clune said Beau Yap will be used at different points. But it appears Yap is most comfortable at defensive end.

Freshman 15? That pales to University of Hawaii football player Keelan Ewaliko's 40-pound gain during his first year. Ewaliko's appearance was a weighty surprise to family members in Wailuku.

University of Hawaii outside linebacker David Manoa will miss the remainder of spring football training after being diagnosed with a dislocated left kneecap.

Outside linebacker David Manoa suffered what appeared to be a serious injury to his left leg during the University of Hawaii football team's spring practice on Saturday at the school's grass practice field.

It was a winter break of discontent. Back at his family home in Tacoma, Wash., cornerback Dee Maggitt struggled on whether to return to the University of Hawaii for his senior football season.

As Quinton Pedroza blazed to a record-setting senior season at Chino High School in Southern California, one of the program's distinguished alums was racking up remarkable receiving stats an ocean away.

"He has studied (this defensive system) more than any single person," Kevin Clune said. "He'll text me at 2 a.m., ‘Hey, Coach, what do I do on this play?' ‘Hey, Coach, what should I be doing here?' He's always thinking about football."

The exit door was open for University of Hawaii football player Joey Iosefa. After closing the 2013 season with the best four-game production by a UH running back in the past two decades -- 586 yards and five touchdowns -- Iosefa had a clear path into the NFL Draft.

As redshirts, John Wa'a and Elijah Tupai picked up what they could from the periphery of practice in their first fall with the Rainbow Warriors. Their education in the spring will be far more hands-on.

It rained throughout the University of Hawaii football team's first practice of spring training on Tuesday. The storm hit afterward.

After the first practice of spring, the University of Hawaii football depth chart is as clear as Tuesday's Manoa mud. Quarterback Ikaika Woolsey took the first snap, but the Rainbow Warriors are not prepared to name a starter at that position until this summer.

The University of Hawaii football team hired Wayne Moses on Friday as assistant coach in charge of running backs.

SAN DIEGO » After an exhaustive Thursday morning of running, jumping, throwing and throwing some more, quarterback Sean Schroeder had one more thing on his agenda: throw again in the afternoon.

Quarterback Sean Schroeder envisions a future with few regrets. Schroeder is among 17 former University of Hawaii football players who will audition for scouts at Thursday's pro day on the San Diego State campus.

Assistant coaches Chris Wiesehan and Phil Rauscher are leaving the University of Hawaii football program. Wiesehan, who coached the running backs this past season, will coach the offensive linemen at Temple.

The Mountain West Conference approved an appeal enabling quarterback Beau Reilly to officially join the University of Hawaii football team. In February, Reilly made an oral commitment.

USC quarterback Max Wittek, who is seeking to transfer, is visiting Hawaii this weekend. Wittek and the Rainbow Warriors finalized travel arrangements Thursday afternoon.

For the first time in its 105-year football history, the University of Hawaii will not close its regular-season schedule at home.

For Tuesday's news conference, Kurt Gouveia wore an 'H' cap, polo shirt and attitude. "You've got to (look) pretty," Gouveia joked to reporters as he was introduced as the University of Hawaii football team's new outside linebackers coach.

The University of Hawaii football team hired Polynesian Football Hall of Fame member Kurt Gouveia to coach outside linebackers and promoted graduate assistant Jordan Wynn to quarterbacks coach on Saturday.

The University of Hawaii's athletic budget will be bolstered by $800,000 in revenue from nonconference road games this year.

As it turned out, the University of Hawaii football team’s list of 2014 recruits was a first draft. UH coach Norm Chow announced this year’s recruiting class during Wednesday afternoon’s news conference.


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