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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Ailing Warrior RB Ilaoa expects to play

By Stephen Tsai
Advertiser Staff Writer

Running back Nate Ilaoa, who has been suffering from a sprained right ankle, said he expects to play in Saturday's football game against San Jose State.

Ilaoa, who leads the Warriors with 8.7 points per game, was held out of last week's 61-17 victory over Louisiana Tech.

"I had an ankle thing," said Ilaoa, who suffered the injury the previous week against Utah State. He did not practice last week.

"I kind of rolled it," Ilaoa said. "It's been bothering me. Coach (June Jones) didn't want it to get worse."

He said he was held out against Louisiana Tech because "I was trying to heal to make sure it would be 100 percent this week."

Ilaoa had missed all but one game during the 2003 and 2004 seasons because of knee and shoulder injuries. The NCAA awarded a special exemption allowing Ilaoa to play as a sixth-year senior this season.

Asked about skipping a game, Ilaoa said, "It's just one game. I played nine other ones previously (this season). I've still got four more. There's no problem with that."

Meanwhile, a magnetic resonance imaging a procedure in which magnetic fields are used to create an image of the body's interior showed nose tackle Kahai LaCount suffered a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

LaCount said he does not know when or if he will return this season.

He is scheduled to earn a bachelor's degree in May. After that, he will seek employment as a federal firefighter.

Defensive lineman Keala Watson yesterday participated in running drills, but not contact workouts. After practice, he wore an ice pack on his sore right knee.

Watson has missed two games after suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee. He underwent arthroscopic surgery to scrape the torn cartilage. He said he hopes to play on Saturday.

Defensive lineman Renolds Fruean, who is recovering from a sprained right ankle, appears set to play.

KELLY CORRECTING KICKS

Cancel that sympathy card for placekicker Daniel Kelly.

Against Louisiana Tech, Kelly was replaced when he hooked out of bounds three consecutive kickoffs in the second half.

"I would have benched me after my second one," Kelly said. "I'm glad coach gave me the opportunity to kick a third one. It just wasn't my night."

Since then, Kelly said, he has been criticized on Internet messages boards and received "sarcastic" advice.

"It's one of those things," Kelly said. "I don't expect any sympathy from anybody. I don't give any sympathy for anybody else screwing up. I don't expect it. If anybody says I'm looking for sympathy, they're extremely wrong and inaccurate. I have to take things in stride. If you have a bad game, you take the bad comments until the next week, when I have another normal game."

Mouse Davis, who coordinates UH's special teams, said Kelly was "overstriding" on those three kickoffs.

"Not a little, but he was going a lot low," Davis said. "A couple of times it looked like he was going to fall down. That's from trying too hard."

Unlike pro football, Kelly noted, college kickers do not have access to replay machines during games.

"I didn't know what I was doing wrong until I looked at films with Mouse (on Sunday)," Kelly said. "It was easy to see. My form was all screwed up. I was over the ball. I lost control. It forced me to swing across. I know that, and it's never going to happen again. I won't make the same mistake twice."

Until then, Kelly was on a remarkable streak in which 15 of 33 kickoffs resulted in touchbacks.

"Sometimes kickers get into a fret," Davis said. "They have to get over the fret stage to become consistent."

Kelly said he was not bothered by the kickoff preceding the three errant ones. After being entangled, a Louisiana Tech player took a swing at Kelly.

"He must have gone through some family problems," Kelly said. "He must have had some hostility built up."

UH head coach June Jones said Kelly had increased hang time on his kickoffs during yesterday's practice.

"He got distracted (by the swing), obviously, because he's been the best in the conference in kickoffs for three weeks," Jones said. "We'll use him on kickoffs and field goals this week. We know he'll do a good job."

PATEK GETS LIP SERVICE

Strong safety Jake Patek underwent a procedure to re-sew the laceration to his lip and mouth.

Patek suffered the injury when he was inadvertently kicked in the face while trying to tackle a Louisiana Tech player. After receiving 17 stitches on the inside of his mouth and lip, he returned to the game.

In the latest procedure, the doctor removed the 17 stitches. He then applied 30 new stitches.

"He lined it up so it looked nice and there will be less of a scar," Patek said.

Patek said he will play against San Jose State.

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UH FOOTBALL

WHAT: University of Hawai'i (8-2, 6-1 in Western Athletic Conference) vs. San Jose State (6-3, 3-2 in WAC)

WHEN: 6:05 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Aloha Stadium

TV: Live on Oceanic cable pay-per-view digital; rebroadcast on PPV at 10:30 p.m. Call 625-8100 on O'ahu or (808) 643-2337 statewide. Delayed on KFVE Sunday 10 a.m.

AUDIO WEBCAST: www.espn1420am.com

VIDEO WEBCAST: Available through Hawaiian Telecom and KFVE. Tickets available for single game at $9.95, a full season for $39.95. Go to www.hawaiiantelmedia.com

RADIO: Live on ESPN 1420, with warmup show at 5 p.m. Neighbor Island simulcasts on KAOI on Maui/Kona, KPUA in Hilo and KQNG on Kaua'i

GATES OPEN: Parking lot 2:30 p.m.; Stadium gates 3 p.m.

TICKET PRICES: $38 sideline, $32 South end zone, $27 North end zone (adult), $22 North end zone senior citizen, $22 North end zone students 4-18, $5 UH students.

TICKET SALES: Available online at hawaiiathletics.com, by calling 944-2697 (BOWS) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or at Stan Sheriff Center, Aloha Stadium, UH Campus Center, RainBowtique at Ward Centre and Windward Community College's OCET Office during business hours. Convenience fees may apply.

PROMOTIONS: Senior citizens and armed services members will receive two tickets for the price of one. Discount ticket deals for armed services members has been extended to the rest of the regular-season. Members of the Armed Services, active and reserve, will receive two-for-one tickets prices (maximum of 12). A valid military identification card is required when purchasing tickets at the Aloha Stadium in advance or on game day. This discount also is available at the Stan Sheriff Center in advance (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Senior citizens (65 years and older) will receive the discount (maximum of 8). A driver's license or identification card is required when purchasing tickets at the Aloha Stadium Box Office in advance and on game day. It is only available at the Stan Sheriff Center Box Office in advance (Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). Other restrictions may apply.

The first 10,000 fans to enter Aloha Stadium will receive "Fanbannas" (retractable banners), compliments of game-sponsor Hawaiian Telcom. The two-sided banners have "Hawai`i" printed on one side and "Go Warriors" on the other.

PARKING: $5

ALTERNATIVE PARKING (no tailgating):

• Leeward Community College (free with $2 charge for shuttle service);

• Kamehameha Drive-In ($5 with free shuttle service);

• Radford High School ($3 with no shuttle service).

All shuttle service runs from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and approximately one hour after the game ends.

SECURITY: Only fanny packs, purses, backpacks and handbags will be allowed into stadium (subject to check).

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Sports Radio 1420 will provide traffic advisories and updates before each UH football home game.

BUS SHUTTLES:

For UH students: Chancellor office is providing free bus transportation to the home games at Aloha Stadium. Buses will pick up UH students on Dole Street in front of Gateway House two hours before game time.The buses will leave the stadium 30 minutes after the game and return to Gateway. Sign-up sheets are at the front desk at each UH residence hall.

Roberts Hawaii is offering round trip "air conditioned" shuttle bus services to Aloha Stadium for $6 from three O'ahu areas.

Bus No. 3 will pick up at the Hawai'i Kai Park n' Ride at 4 p.m., at Bank of Hawai'i at Kahala Mall at 4:15 and proceed to the stadium.

Bus No. 2 will pick up at the Kailua District Park, Kainalu Avenue at 4:15 p.m., at Windward Mall Shopping Center on Alaloa Street facing Sears at 4:30 and proceed to the stadium.

Bus No. 1 will pick up at the Mililani Mauka Park n' Ride at 4:30 p.m. and go directly to the stadium.

Reservations are required and service is first come, first serve. Call Roberts School Bus at 832-4886 for reservations and additional information.

City bus service

The FootballExpress offers 17 pickup locations throughout O'ahu.

The first trip from each location leaves approximately three hours before kickoff and the last trip leaves approximately 90 minutes before the game. Return trips leave as soon as the bus is full, with the final trip leaving 30 minutes after the game ends.

Honolulu pickup locations are at Ala Moana, downtown, Hawai'i Kai, Kahala Mall, Kaimuki, Palolo, Waikiki and the University of Hawai'i.

Leeward pickups are at 'Ewa Beach, Kapolei, Mililani Mauka and Village Park.

Windward pickups are at Kalaniana'ole Highway and Kailua Road, Kailua Road at Keolu Drive and Hele Street, Kailua Road at Hahani Street, Kane'ohe Bay drive at Mokapu Boulevard and Kane'ohe Bay Drive at Makalani Street.

Rates are $3 one way and $6 roundtrip. Passes and transfers are not accepted.

For information, go to: www.thebus.org

Reach Stephen Tsai at stsai@honoluluadvertiser.com.