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Warriors gear up for Spring training

Greg McMackin Greg McMackin
Dave Aranda Dave Aranda
Nick Rolovich, right, in headphones Nick Rolovich, right, in headphones
Ron Lee, center Ron Lee, center
Bryant Moniz, #17, and John Estes, #55 Bryant Moniz, #17, and John Estes, #55

By Mike Cherry - bio | email

MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) -


Football is a game of constant movement and just as Coach Greg McMackin adjusts his players to fit his system...so too will he redefine his coaches responsibilities in order to improve the Warriors chances of winning. On Monday coach Mack informed his players of the new labels he's given to certain members of his staff.

Most notably is the swapping of last year's Defenisive Coordinator Cal Lee with last season's Defensive End's coach Dave Aranda. With the exception of being renamed an Assistant Head Coach, Lee will take over Aranda's previous duties and Aranda will step into Lee's former shoes.

Meanwhile, former Warrior Defensivelineman Toni Tuioti has been promoted from being in charge of scouting personnel to Defensive Tackles Coach. Mack said Tuioti's ability to communicate with recruits will shine now that he has the chance to hit the road on recruiting trips -- his previous position did not allow him to enter a recruits home.

On the offensive side of the ball, Nick Rolovich has assumed the Offensive Coordinator duties full time. Rolo took over the position midway through the 2009 season, relieving Ron Lee who turned his focus to helping young receivers learn the in's and out's of the Run-and-Shoot offense. Lee will continue those efforts this season and will serve as an Assistant OC.


One of the more notable statements made on Monday, was that all positions would be open for competition -- no matter how any player ended the 2009 season. Coach Mack admitted that competition will add extra fire to this year's camp and that's why even Quarterback Bryant Moniz - who threw for nearly 2,400 yards and 14 TD's a year ago - will have to fight off his teammates to earn playing time.

"What we want to do these next two weeks and especially the next couple days, and make sure we have all the correct players in the right positions," says Mack. "It's important we take a look at all of the players. Quarterback wise, that's going to raise Bryant's game because he's going to have to compete and every position really is open."

Perhaps the biggest hole to fill will come on the offensive line. That's where Jr. Matagisila Lefiti is expected to take the place of 4-year starter John Estes who is preparing for April's NFL Draft. Lefiti served as the primary backup for Estes over the last two seasons.

McMackin says he also expects receiver Rodney Bradley to make a full return this season, hopefully picking up from where he left off last year.

Before breaking his leg against Idaho, Bradley was 5th in the nation in receiving, hauling in 127-yds per game.


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