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Rain, rain wouldn’t go away, forcing the University of Hawaii football team to rearrange Monday’s practice schedule.

The Rainbow Warriors, who ended training camp Saturday, had planned to begin 7 a.m. practices on Monday, the first day of UH’s fall semester.

But those plans were scrapped when torrential weather made both the grass practice field and Ching Athletic Complex unusable for workouts. The heavy rain caused a ceiling panel to fall in the newly renovated athletic training room.

With a busy schedule of meetings and classes, the Warriors decided to reschedule practice to 4:30 p.m. They had hoped to use their "indoor facility" — Klum Gym — but when the weather cleared, they staged a 70-minute practice on Ching field.

It was a proverbial audible for coach Norm Chow, who had scripted every minute of every practice ahead of the Sept. 3 opener against Colorado at Aloha Stadium. Instead, Chow spent the day checking the weather app on his iPhone.

The Warriors had a brisk practice. Three players recovering from nagging injuries — running backs Steven Lakalaka and Paul Harris and safety Marrell Jackson — wore red jerseys, the uniform color of players who practice on a limited-contact basis.

Two players who returned from ailments last week — center Brenden Urban and right tackle R.J. Hollis — participated in 11-on-11 drills. Wideout Vasquez Haynes, whose workout was abbreviated Saturday because of a hand issue, also practiced.

In team drills, the offense dominated early, with quarterback Max Wittek going 4-for-5 in the first two possessions.

But the defense rebounded. Safety Daniel Lewis, nickelback Ne’Quan Phillips and inside linebacker Jerrol Garcia-Williams made interceptions. Phillips, who started at corner the past two years, has emerged as the No. 1 nickelback. Phillips also had a pass breakup. Garcia-Williams appears to have fully recovered from a torn ACL and meniscus suffered in UH’s second game in 2014.

The Warriors are scheduled to practice at 7 a.m. on Tuesday.

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