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UH feeling pain from Utah State loss

By Stephen Tsai

LAST UPDATED: 02:32 a.m. HST, Nov 08, 2011

With the medical list growing, the Hawaii football team is considering using backup quarterback David Graves as an emergency wide receiver.

"He can run," said head coach Greg McMackin, revealing his options during Monday's news conference.

McMackin announced senior left tackle Clayton Laurel's career has ended because of a broken left am, and sophomore right slotback Justin Clapp will miss the remaining four games of the regular season because of two fractured ribs.

Those injuries were incurred during this past Saturday's game against Utah State.


» Saturday, 5:15 p.m. Hawaii time at Reno, Nev.

Right wideout Royce Pollard said he has a torn meniscus in his left knee and a sprained left ankle. McMackin said Pollard will not play in Saturday's road game against Nevada.

Pollard said his plane ticket should not be canceled yet.

"Don't rule anything out," Pollard said. "I'm always trying to play."

Pollard said he suffered the injuries when his cleat was stuck on the Aloha Stadium turf while he became entangled with a Utah State defender. Pollard said he heard a "pop" from his left ankle while he was hurled forward.

"I've played basketball before, so I know I rolled my ankle," Pollard said.

He said the ankle injury caused him to buckle, which likely lessened the impact on his knee.

"That's the positive thing," Pollard said. "It took stress off my (left) knee. It definitely could have been worse."

If Pollard is not available to play this week, freshman Trevor Davis will move from left wideout to right wideout, where he practiced for seven weeks before being activated last month.

Darius Bright, Joe Avery or Graves will be used at left wideout.

Bright, who did not play the past two games because of a variety of ailments, said he is at "75 percent," but expects to play.

"I don't want to say too much and then not do too much," Bright said.

Avery is a fifth-year senior who has played sparingly. He was considered as the replacement when left wideout Rodney Bradley suffered a fractured leg in 2009. Instead, Kealoha Pilares moved from slotback to left wideout. Bradley regained his starting job in 2010.

McMackin said Avery is smart and talented, but has been inconsistent in catching passes in practice.

"There have been guys better than him catching the ball," McMackin said.

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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Well, do we romp Utah State by say 54 to 14 ??? Well, shall we be considerate and not run up the score. First and foremost is to win and not let up on the Gas Pedal. Who is in charge of pressing or releasing the GAS PEDAL. Mac, who placed his foot on the BRAKES, and let Utah State charge on by. OH WELL, do not be surprised if somebody is fired.
on November 8,2011 | 01:01AM
Manapua_Man wrote:
Agreed, UH was showing too much aloha and goodwill to Utah St. this past Saturday. I wouldn't be surprised if the Aggies received leis and gifts after the game.
on November 8,2011 | 05:34AM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
The energy at the stadium dropped so low (crowds and team) that I commented to my friends that there was going to be a danger that UH was going to feel "guilty". Sure nuff...we collapsed. I like Mac, but he needs to take some GRRRRRRR pills so the mana flows down from the top. Hey coach...maybe you need to get on the field when the boys are doing the haka. GO WARRIORS!
on November 8,2011 | 09:35AM
miz wrote:
Put Austin at QB AND MO at WR.
on November 8,2011 | 04:00AM
nuuanusam wrote:
Good suggestion!
on November 8,2011 | 08:53AM
Oahuan wrote:
I think Mack got at the Utah St game too. The fans hurt his feelings.
on November 8,2011 | 04:11AM
bleedgreen wrote:
Coaching staff has been trying to get Graves to play Wide Receiver since last year. He even practiced at that position. I am guessing that if the coaches pressed him to make a change, if only for a season, he would have left the team. So, I guess they are going to press him again. What the heck, there's three new QBs for next season including Kevin Spain and Caymen Shutter. Isn't he the Punahou guy?
on November 8,2011 | 05:07AM
1coconut wrote:
Guys I have sat thru the three plus years of Mac and I see the team and program going down hill every year. Last year was a little different because of the wide receivers and running back were NFL class players. This year even the wins over Colorado and U/C Davis came at the expense of two of the worst football teams in America. U/C Davis couldn't beat Kahuku or Punahou and Colorado is listed as one of the worst teams in D-1 ranks. Our coaching staff sucks pure and simple. The players are not ready to play, they cant tackle, special teams are a joke and the offensive line is no where in sight. Every team has injuries, look at Utah State they lost their starting quaterback and all Mac does is whine. It would take an idiot not to realize something was up when a wide receiver lines up as a deep blocker on a punt team. Utah State lined up a receiver not once but twice and they ran fake punts both times and made it both times. Fire all of the coaches and start over.
on November 8,2011 | 05:28AM
UHFAN1984 wrote:
So who's on your short list of possible replacements and you can't spend no more than 550,000 to 650,000 on him.
on November 8,2011 | 04:30PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Oh well; there go Pollard (bad knee) and Bright's (can't catch) shots at the Pros. But, the important thing is that now the honchos at UH know that Coach McMackin CAN'T win because of the problems with the players. That's what's important, after all.
on November 8,2011 | 06:09AM
Anonymous wrote:
Also, now Nevada knows it doesn't have to prepare for Clap and and Laurel. But, it's more important that people understand that those two key players are out. Because, knowing that helps us understand why what is going to happen will happen. And, that's good, because we don't want to lay blame anywhere unfairly, do we?
on November 8,2011 | 06:12AM
oldertimer808 wrote:
Get over it already you cry babies and whiners. You probably have this same attitude with everything you do in your life.
on November 8,2011 | 06:48AM
CriticalReader wrote:
That'll get LOTS of support for UH football. Great post!
on November 8,2011 | 07:22AM
nuuanusam wrote:
To be better, you have to be able to realize and identify the problems and solve 'em.
on November 8,2011 | 08:56AM
bleedgreen wrote:
Nevada is a good team. They're doing what Hawaii can't - score big. For Hawaii to win at Nevada, they will have to have an effective running game to keep Nevada's offense off the field. Hawaii will lose in a shooting match.
on November 8,2011 | 07:17AM
bleedgreen wrote:
This is what Nevada did to UNLV: 31 first downs, 699 yards total offense, 459 yards passing, 240 yards rushing. Against Fresno St: 29 first downs, 581 yards total offense, 313 yards passing, 268 yards rushing. I would say Nevada has a heck of an offense.
on November 8,2011 | 07:30AM
Ripoff wrote:
Bright? haha no can catch, put in Austin at qb already.
on November 8,2011 | 07:52AM
nuuanusam wrote:
Moniz definitely has an accuracy problem, time to give Austin a shot.
on November 8,2011 | 08:54AM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
I think Austin might have some problems too given the bus' up O line.
on November 8,2011 | 09:30AM
BO0o07 wrote:
If Moniz isn't getting the job done by the middle of the 2nd quarter, replace him with Austin. Graves at wideout or even slotback are good options. Swapping WRs and SBs position during the game on a few plays might do some good or at least confuse the other team in their coverage. With injuries to key players, it's time to pull out the trick playbook and use them in key situations during the game.
on November 8,2011 | 09:26AM
PCWarrior wrote:
Dude there is no trick playbook. We got the bubble screen, draw play and 5 yard down and out. That's it.
on November 8,2011 | 04:42PM
akuman808 wrote:
It's time to go to a 2 back set, Iosefa and Jackson at the same time in the backfield. Iosefa on options to run or throw, Jackson run or go into the flat for check downs. More options and getting to the perimeter will compensate for a beleagured line and desimated receiver corp. Mo on more designed runs with 2 backs blocking along with a pulling guard. Got to change up Rolo, and fast.
on November 8,2011 | 09:31AM
blackmurano wrote:
Once again, Hawaii Warriors did not know how to adjust in the second half. Coach Rolovich play calling, as usual, has always lighted up the scoreboard in the first half. But when the opponent do some adjustment, the Hawaii Warriors did not know how to counter that adjustment. I'm sure Coach Rolovich is given a free hand in calling the plays. If that is the case, once again, he did not know how to adjust. In 2010, where the Warriors was blown ou by Boise State, he or the Warrior staff did not know how to light up the run and shoot. In last year's Sheraton Hawaii Bowl against Tulsa, in the second half, Tulsa's coaches solve what Rolo was doing. Rolo did not know how to adjust. Resulted in an embarrasing blowout on National Television. What is disturbing about the UTAH State loss, was when the run and shoot was stagnant (dead), UTAH state got on fire and close the cap after being behind by three touchdowns. You get that three touchdowns. And what doe the Warrior staff do, the go "conservative." Instead of opening the game, they tried to run out the clock instead of making an effort to score again. I'll be very surprise if Coach Greg McMackin and staff returns for the 2012 season.
on November 8,2011 | 02:27PM
LizKauai wrote:
Healing Energy to all! GO WARRIORS!
on November 8,2011 | 03:35PM
jaluasa wrote:
This is not looking good....
on November 8,2011 | 07:45PM