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Hawaii Football: Warriors Finish First Full Week of Practice, Captains Named

Kevin RileyContributor IAugust 14, 2011

Linebacker Jordan Monico (left) and quarterback Bryant Moniz run sprints at the end of practice on Friday.
Linebacker Jordan Monico (left) and quarterback Bryant Moniz run sprints at the end of practice on Friday.

The Hawaii football team finished up its first full week of practice with a high energy level, according to recently named team captain linebacker Corey Paredes.

"It's good considering how much time we practice and the weather and stuff. Considering the elements, guys are pretty optimistic, guys want to play, and we're excited for the season," Paredes said after Friday's practice.

"It's not the hottest place on earth but it's pretty hot, we're sweating out here, it's pretty humid."

Hawaii's two projected starters at slot receiver, Jeremiah Ostrowski and Billy Ray Stutzmann, have been held out of full participation since practice began Aug. 4 due to lingering hamstring issues.

Stutzmann hopes to be able to practice sometime this week. No word yet on Ostrowski.

Offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich said everything is looking good for the Warriors three weeks away from their season opener against Colorado with one condition: "We just need to get healthy."

Four players have been elected to serve the team as permanent captains, Paredes being voted in by his teammates for the second year in a row.

Corey Paredes looks in at the quarterback during Hawaii's 27-21 victory over Nevada last season. Photo credit: UH Media Relations
Corey Paredes looks in at the quarterback during Hawaii's 27-21 victory over Nevada last season. Photo credit: UH Media Relations

"It feels great to know that I have the respect from the other players and they feel that I could lead the team," Paredes said. "I was a captain last year and that surprised me because I was only a junior. And it feels good again to be picked this year and be able to be a leader on the team."

Joining him are quarterback Bryant Moniz, wide receiver Royce Pollard and strong safety Richard Torres.

For each game the team will name a different fifth captain.

Asked if there are any differences between this year's captains and last year's, Paredes said, "Yeah definitely. Last year there was more defensive captains, now it's split in half, two on defense, two on offense.

"It's good because we got leaders on both sides of the ball, so I think the team acknowledged that.

"There's a lot of guys that deserve to be captain on the team. It was a tough decision for the players to make, we have plenty of leaders, not only the four. That's why coach made the honorary captain every week."

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