HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In the absence of pads during Hawaii's first two spring practices, the Rainbow Warriors who play in the trenches have been at an admitted disadvantage.
"The pajama party isn't fair for the big boys," said University of Hawaii head coach Nick Rolovich after Thursday's practice. "There's holes that running backs run through that might not be there come Saturday."
That's because Saturday's practice, the third of Rolovich's return to Manoa, will be the first of the spring wearing full pads. The team has thus far practiced wearing only helmets and jerseys.
"Practice will be a little different, there will be some inserted competition periods," said Rolovich. "Scheme wise it's probably pretty heavy, heavier than it needed to be. We probably don't need to install a whole lot more in spring, as long as we get good at this stuff."
The Rainbow Warriors will practice between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday.