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Only on Hawaii News Now: One-on-one with Coach Mac

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By Liz Chun - bio | email

MICHIGAN (HAWAII NEWS NOW) - We have exclusive details from the Warrior football team on the road. Two big-name starters for the UH team are injured. So will either suit up to play? We go one-on-one with head coach Greg McMackin for the answer.

Quarterback Bryant Moniz rib injury and receiver's Greg Salas' foot injury have really limited their playing time this week. But after Hawaii's final walk-through at Spartan Stadium Coach Greg McMackin has a better understanding of their playing status - optimistic for one, and doubtful for the other.

"I think Salas will play. I think Greg will play. I don't think Bryant will play," said McMackin. "He's really got bruised ribs. The throwing motion utilizes those muscles. He might have his intercostal muscles torn or pulled a little bit. It's really painful. It sounds like he should be able to just get over a bruise, but the throwing motion completely rips at it every time you throw."

On Shane Austin, McMackin said, "I thought he came in and did a great job in the game last weekend. Then Rausch really practiced well. So I have a lot of confidence in Shane and Brent Rausch."

When asked about Salas' lack of repetition this week, McMackin said, "I think so. I think he's had enough reps and he looked good out there today. He's a natural, so I think he'll be great."

Earlier this week, some of the seniors requested Hawaii wear all white in this game against the Spartans, and Coach McMackin has agreed. The reason, according to running back Leon Wright-Jackson: since Hawaii switched to the white pants with the green jerseys at home, they won two straight games and they thought it might bring them luck on the road too.

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