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Walk-on WR gets a shot with starters

By Stephen Tsai

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Hawaii coach Norm Chow did not realize that "going deep" would refer to the receivers' depth chart and not pass routes.

With wideout Chris Gant sitting out practice because of an arm issue and slotback Miah Ostrowski hobbling from a foot ailment, the Warriors summoned walk-on Elijah Langley to take reps with the first-team offense.

"The coaches gave me an opportunity, and I took it, and ran with it," said Langley, a 2011 graduate of Maryville High in Tennessee.

Langley's father, who is in the military, was stationed in Hawaii this year.

"I love football, and I walked on," Langley said.

Langley has practiced with the scout offense this season. During yesterday's drills, he tied the yellow scout's jersey around his waist while practicing with the first unit.

"I knew I was going to get a little here and there," Langley said of the reps. "I ended up getting tossed in a lot."

Gant, who is part of the rotation at single-side receiver, said he hopes to resume practicing today. "I'll be back," Gant said.

UH is expected to set its travel roster today for Saturday's road game against Fresno State. The Warriors depart Thursday afternoon.

"This is the first time I've been seriously injured in my life," said Gant, who has suffered injuries to his ankle, knee and shoulder this season.

Chow said Justin Clapp, who is recovering from knee surgery, has not been cleared to play this weekend. Clapp is capable of playing all three receiver positions.

Chow said wideout Darius Bright was productive during Tuesday's practice. Bright was reinstated to the team on Monday. He was thought to be AWOL when he missed two practices last week, no-shows that eventually cost him a spot on last week's travel roster. Bright said he missed practices because of illness, although that message was not relayed to the coaches.

"Darius looked good," Chow said.

Daddy had a pick

As the father of a 2-year-old son and 1-year-old twins, defensive end Tavita Woodard knows about dual responsibilities.

"I love being a father," Woodard said. "It's great motivation."

Woodard, girlfriend Pearly Togiai and their children live with her parents in Liliha. He leaves the house at 5:30 every morning -- "quietly," he said -- heading to UH for a day of training, practice, meetings and classes.

"The best part is going home and hearing (the children) scream, 'Daddy,' to me," Woodard said. "It's icing on the cake to come home."

Woodard has a twin brother. His mother and aunt are twins.

Woodard played basketball and football at McKinley High. It was his combined skills that led to his first UH interception on Saturday against Colorado State. Woodard deflected a Conner Smith pass into the air and then grasped it.

"I saw the tight end go into the flats, and I stopped my rush," Woodard said. "Luckily (Smith) threw the ball and I jumped. It was perfect timing."

Woodard, who is 6-4 and 257 pounds, said he wants to gain 20 pounds during the offseason.

Daley used his head

Middle linebacker Brenden Daley made a unique interception when he caught a pass that ricocheted off his helmet against Colorado State.

Daley joked: "We practice that in Period 3. Coach said to line up and he throws it as hard as he can at everybody's head."






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Taisho808 wrote:
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on October 31,2012 | 04:23AM
joewilly wrote:
Wow, they really scraping the bottom of the barrel now!!! Why don't they just put a help wanted in Craigslist already!!!
on October 31,2012 | 07:12AM
allie wrote:
yikes!
on October 31,2012 | 10:51AM
frontman wrote:
Norm.....at this point if the cheerleaders can play football..........suit them up.
on October 31,2012 | 05:04AM
Allenk wrote:
Some of the male cheerleaders look pretty fit and health too.
on October 31,2012 | 08:00AM
allie wrote:
not my type
on October 31,2012 | 10:52AM
AFPapa61 wrote:
In da 80"s one did, Rich Miano.
on October 31,2012 | 01:16PM
mishtah wrote:
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on October 31,2012 | 05:38AM
allie wrote:
If Chow needs me, I will be ready!
on October 31,2012 | 09:55AM
Dragonman wrote:
Hey Bright, have to hang in there, you probably would have been starting or at the least seeing significant playing time if not for your little episode.
on October 31,2012 | 06:22AM
Kapalua wrote:
Schroeder is Chow's man, get over it!
on October 31,2012 | 06:24AM
EyeKea wrote:
Not that I wish Schroeder gets hurt but it's probably the only way another QB will get a chance to show what he can do.
on October 31,2012 | 06:52AM
popa wrote:
Schroeder is your qb Norm, but why do you insist he is your one and only qb? Can't you see he cannot meet your expectations. He might be a good practice player, however, he seemed to be a robot who is playing scared when it counts. Give him a break, he needs it.
on October 31,2012 | 07:02AM
joewilly wrote:
Anybody get free time on saturdays, the UH looking for players. No experience necessary.
on October 31,2012 | 07:15AM
akuman808 wrote:
They lack speed at wideout. They should consider putting Gregory @ a slot position with three basic routes to run. The guy is fast and YAC is what the offense will get wilth Gregory IMO.
on October 31,2012 | 08:47AM
Descartes22 wrote:
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on October 31,2012 | 09:14AM
allie wrote:
Gregory is a playmaker against kalani High School but not in any decent conference
on October 31,2012 | 09:56AM
ahi1pfb wrote:
Norm Chow da man dat killed da program!
on October 31,2012 | 09:19AM
oxtail01 wrote:
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on October 31,2012 | 09:51AM
ahi1pfb wrote:
No, Mac wounded it. Chow is driving the knife home.
on October 31,2012 | 11:57AM
Anonymous wrote:
I am not surprised that some players may have some doubt about Chow; the team is falling apart!
on October 31,2012 | 09:48AM
LizKauai wrote:
GO WARRIORS! AIR it out!!!
on October 31,2012 | 10:00AM
oxtail01 wrote:
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on October 31,2012 | 10:05AM
ahi1pfb wrote:
I would take that record in a heartbeat compared to what Chow is doing. Graves actually won games for us in the past.
on October 31,2012 | 12:01PM
entrkn wrote:
When a team has this much misfortune and bad luck, is it wrong to wish and hope for good luck and miracles?... because that's what I'm doing.
on October 31,2012 | 10:19AM
masteruke wrote:
Chow was crying on the news last night about how his players have to suffer when they go on road trips. Jammed into small seats and sitting next to someones gramma. My gramma says, quit your crying because you knew exactly how UH traveled when you took the job She also said win some games or at least make the scores respectable before you start asking for charted flights. Even after a 12-0 season Jones couldn't get charted flights. So like UH fans this year grin and bear it because its not going to get better soon for you. Just like its not going to get better soon for all us Hawaii football fans.
on October 31,2012 | 01:20PM
kennie1933 wrote:
It's funny how Chow insists on keep Schroeder at QB but willing to take a walk-on at receiver. Granted, the QB position is not as shorthanded as receiver, but if you're willing to play other players in other positions, why not try another QB? At least try? As for Woodard, I hope he has an NFL future because with a wife and three kids, college football should be the least of his worries.
on October 31,2012 | 01:33PM
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