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Warriors Start Spring Practice

By Stephen Florino

MANOA (KHNL) -- We're 151-days and counting until the Warrior's season opener at Florida.

Expectations are high following the team's greatest season.

And achieving those goals, starts with practice.

A new morning in Manoa.

Starts a new era for the Warrior football team.

It's the first practice under new head coach Greg McMackin.

Young, old, middle aged guys, they're all excited about getting going," said McMackin. "We're all a new staff, and we've had fun together, but it's time to get to work and they're all anxious to work."

The team runs through drills like before.

But new faces, bring new energy.

"I think it's the most tired I've ever been in practice this morning. Coach Rolo had us quarterbacks doing a lot of footwork drills, and a lot of us were like, walking around like our legs weighed a hundred pounds each," said Warriors quarterback Inoke Funaki.

"Usually like, we go through our running back drills with coach Suan last year, everything was more cool, relaxed," said Warriors running back Leon Wright. "And we go out with coach Gurke today, and everybody's trying to be cool and relaxed, then all of a sudden he's like 'no walking.' and we're running. So it's a new energy, and we're loving it. Cause it's gonna push us to excel to be the best."

That's what these warriors are striving for.

Following a 2007 campaign where Hawaii won its first outright conference championship, went undefeated during the regular season, and reached a BCS Bowl.

I was very happy with the first practice. We have a long ways to go, but this is a good starting point.

Warrior practices are usually Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and some Saturdays from 7 to 9 a.m. at Manoa.

They are open to the public.

Spring practice ends with a scrimmage at Aloha Stadium on April 26.

That is also open to the public, and free.

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