All about options;
Warriors prepare early, prepare well
By Paul Honda
Thursday, April 11, 2002
HONOLULU – Omega Hogan is more than just a talented recruit from Houston, Texas.
When University of Hawaii defensive coordinator Kevin Lempa rounds his troops up for work against the option attack, Hogan turns into a valuable commodity.
Hogan ran the controls in option sets, including the wishbone, for the final 30 minutes of practice Thursday. Under an overcast sky in Manoa, the first two defensive units worked through about 20 snaps – with Lempa barking the count – of the option.
Since Lempa arrived as DC in 2001, it has been among his missions to prepare the Warrior defense for the option as early as possible. Foes in the Western Athletic Conference are even more prone to stay with the option against Hawaii, which had the most explosive passing attack in the league. Keeping Hawaii's offense off the field is a must, as Brigham Young learned in December's 72-45 loss.
So Hogan ran option left and option right. Then handed off up the middle. The former standout quarterback and cornerback from Aldine High School is familiar with the offense and showed no rust whatsoever.
The squad stayed in separate groups through the workout. While the defense went through drills on the ewa side of the field late in the session, quarterbacks and receivers worked on routes against coverage.
Prior to that, the offensive and defensive lines went to battle at mid-field. O-line coach Mike Cavanaugh wasn't pleased with some of his unit's play and let them hear it. It was enough for a Warrior fan standing on 40 yards away, visiting practice for the first time, to remark on how skilled Cav's enunciation was.
"I heard him cuss eight times. That was impressive," the fan said.
Practice resumes Friday, 7 a.m. There is no planned practice on Saturday.
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