POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Dec 16, 2010
LAST UPDATED: 5:01 p.m. HST, Dec 16, 2010
"We're the cockroaches," Hawaii quarterback Bryant Moniz said. "Everybody thought they killed us last year. They thought we were dead. And then we got up. You know when you think you killed a cockroach, then you come back, and it's gone? That's us.
"They thought we were dead after last year. We came back. We won 10 games. We're going to a bowl game. They need to get a bigger slipper to kill us."
Told of Moniz's observation, linebacker Corey Paredes said: "I like that. That's a good analogy. Cockroaches are resilient. Even though their guts are spilled all over the floor, they're still going."
Running back Alex Green added: "That's a good one by Mo. Everybody picked us low. We worked hard, and we're in the Top 25. We busted our butts for it."
Green, who was raised in Portland, Ore., said he has been able to adjust to everything in Hawaii except for one particular pest.
"I've never seen cockroaches as big as I've seen out here in Hawaii," Green said. "My first year, I was in training camp, and we were (staying) in the studios. I picked up my phone, and a big cockroach jumped into my bed. And (Hawaii's cockroaches) fly."
Kicker Scott Enos, who was raised in Northern California, said: "I'd never seen cockroaches until I moved out here. It was a new experience for me. They don't stop. I've tried to kill them, and they keep coming back."
Cecil Doe, a 6-foot-3 wide receiver from North Dakota State College of Science, yesterday put his commitment in writing, signing a national letter of intent with the Warriors.
After a breakfast with three other prospects, Doe sent the faxed copy to UH.
"I'm excited about playing for Hawaii," Doe said.
He will begin attending classes at UH in January. He will participate in the offseason conditioning program and spring training.
The Warriors yesterday had their first full practice in nearly two weeks. They play Tulsa in the Dec. 24 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.
The break "was good for us," said Moniz, whose Warriors ended their regular season Dec. 4.
They had conditioning drills last week. Practices scheduled for the past Monday and Tuesday were canceled because many of the players were taking final exams.
"The rest was needed," Green said. "We played a 13-game season. We needed a little breather."
During the season, several Warriors played despite ailments. Moniz (turf toe), slotback Greg Salas (bruised ribs), Paredes (sore left shoulder) and Enos (arthritic lower back) have healed and declared themselves physically fit.
"This team has heart," Paredes said. "That's why we're winning. Guys were hurt, but they pushed through the pain. That's our identity."