HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Warriors made an about face between the first and second days of Spring Practice. After enduring the hot afternoon sun on Day-One in the middle of the afternoon, Norm Chow had his players rise early under a cool morning drizzle at Manoa. The session began at 6:15am, just 13 hours after the previous one ended.
The team continued to participate mostly in high intensity fundamentals drills, with extra conditioning done after the session ended. The exercises left more than one player doubled over, losing at least parts of his early morning breakfast. Nonetheless, reaction was positive.
Defensive Coordinator Thom Kaumeyer liked what he saw. "We improved today over yesterday. Yesterday was kind of a culture shock…it's something our players are starting to adapt to."
"Everything's fast-paced, upbeat, new rules, new discipline, I like it now" added defensive lineman Haku Correa.
The defense isn't the only unit adjusting to the change.
Darius Bright has moved from wide receiver to tight end. With the position change has also come an additional 15 pounds. He admits he's still adjusting, but is excited about it nonetheless
"It's a great feeling to know that we'll be running a two tight end set, and I'm the other guy playing the other tight end, I couldn't ask for anything better."
Tight ends coach Phil Rauscher had a positive review of Bright's early work. "He's gone in there and has thrown his hands pretty good, so hopefully he develops a toughness when we put on the pads."