Honolulu, HI—The Hawaii football team scrimmaged against each other on Thursday. This does not mean there weren't any big hits or shoving matches to get everyone riled up though. Linebacker Aaron Brown delivered an exclamation point to the extracurriculars when he flew airborne into one of the piles.
"Brown swore that he was jumping on top of that pile to split it up so that it would be the parting sea," head coach Greg McMackin joked afterward. "He always says some deal when he's jumping into the end zone or there's somebody chasing him or something." (A reference to last year's game at New Mexico State when Brown returned an interception for a touchdown but drew a 15-yard penalty for diving headfirst over the goal line.)
McMackin wasn't too concerned with his players fighting though.
"You know (we) practice together a long time and I'm glad they had the discipline to break it up...it's a good teaching point because you can't fight. Obviously there's a fighting rule, you'll miss two ballgames so it allows me to cover that. Plus, they're getting excited to play someone else."
McMackin applauded the efforts of his defensive unit saying they did a good job of swarming to the ball, tackling and covering, and that "we're about where we want to be."
Brown, the team's starting MAC linebacker, appreciated the opportunity to get after it against his offensive teammates.
"It was good. It's always a good time to go full speed and kind of shake the cobwebs off and hit a little bit. They're going to take hits during the game so they might want to get used to it now...you got to go balls to the wall," he said.
Quarterback Bryant Moniz wasn't so sure about that, saying it's never easy to watch your friends get beat up.
"I don't know if it's fun for offensive guys to watch your own guys get beat up, but it's what coach wants to see, it's part of the game. Maybe they got a lot of testosterone built up on the defense so they had to let it out," he said.
The Warriors wrap up their training camp with practices today and tomorrow, school starts on Monday.