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No bye week for homework on the road

By Stephen Tsai


SUMMERLIN, Nev. » University of Hawaii defensive tackle Vaughn Meatoga was on a tight deadline.

The Warriors' practice ended late, and Meatoga was in a rush to submit work for a finance class.

Although the Warriors are in Nevada training for Saturday's road game against Colorado in Boulder, Colo., they remain very much on the UH academic schedule.

"If your class starts at 10:30 in Hawaii, you need to have your homework in before the start of class, even if you're in another state," said Meatoga, a business major. "You don't get an advantage because you're getting ready for a football game."

For this three-city, 13-day road trip, the Warriors worked out assignments with their professors in advance. The lessons are online, and homework is submitted through e-mail. There are academic advisers traveling to administer tests. Study halls are mandatory.

"You have to keep up," said Allen Sampson, a freshman receiver. "Coach (Greg McMackin) makes sure that school comes first. A lot of times, he'll cancel meetings so we can study."

Two cousins of quarterback Bryant Moniz had to deliver products from California to Las Vegas on Tuesday. They volunteered to bring along a computer for Moniz to use for schoolwork.

Two days before last week's game against Army, safety Mana Silva was cramming for a chemistry test.

"I was trying to focus on different formulas," Silva said. "It was tough, because I was away from class."

At least there is less pressure on Silva. He already completed work on his bachelor's degree.

Brown back at practice

Linebacker Aaron Brown resumed practicing yesterday after being held out of Tuesday's workout while being medically evaluated.

Brown was struck on the helmet while making a tackle against Army.

He was pulled from the game, and there was some discussion whether he should return to Hawaii for further tests. But that night, he appeared to be OK, and he was allowed to travel with the team to Nevada the next day.

"I've undergone a few tests over a couple of days, and they ruled it wasn't a concussion," Brown said. "I feel good, and I'm ready to go out there and hit some people again."

Brown and Po'okela Ahmad split time at outside linebacker in two defensive schemes.

Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda said Brown is ready for an expanded role.

"He's a playmaker," Aranda said. "The more we can feature him, the better our defense will be, the more plays we'll make."

Lefiti to return next week

The Warriors face an interesting situation when they return to Honolulu after the Colorado game.

Matagisila Lefiti, who was the No. 1 center before suffering a broken foot on the final day of spring training, is expected to be medically cleared to play.

Thing is, Bronson Tiwanak, a fifth-year senior, has played well in Lefiti's absence.

"We've got a rule: You don't lose your starting position because of an injury," line coach Gordy Shaw said. "We'll play (Lefiti) in practice, and see if he's 100 percent. It's going to take him a little while to get into football shape. We'll see how he does, and we'll go from there."

Shaw added: "Bronson has played very solid in the first two games."

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