HONOLULU — The University of Hawai‘i Warrior football team will be the recipient of a little added depth before embarking on a 11-day road trip starting this weekend.
Wide receiver Darius Bright and linebacker Aaron Brown will return to the lineup this Saturday against the University of Washington Huskies following one game suspensions.
“To me, they served their punishment and they’ll have some things to do,” Hawai‘i head coach Greg McMackin said. “They’re back on the football team.”
Bright and Brown were suspended for Hawai‘i’s 37-17 season opening win over Colorado after the players were arrested on charges of misdemeanor assault stemming from a fight outside of a Waikiki nightclub in August.
Brown’s return will bolster a Warrior defense that limited the Buffaloes to two touchdowns and is set to face a Washington offense that struggled against Football Championship Series foe Eastern Washington.
The Eagles out gained the Huskies 504 to 250 in total offensive yards in their narrow loss to UW.
McMackin said Brown, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound junior, will jump back to his outside linebacker position with Corey Paredes sliding back into the middle.
“Aaron Brown is going to make a difference,” McMackin said.
Bright, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound junior, will split playing time at wide receiver with Allen Sampson. Bright is still recovering from a turf toe injury and Sampson played well last week in filling in for Bright.
“Allen Sampson did a great job and Darius still ha that toe so they’re going to rotate,” McMackin said. “He is getting better but he will always have that so he is going to have to suck it up. Turf toe is really tough to get over so he is going to have to play hurt all year.”
After the game in Seattle, the Warriors will stay on the mainland and travel to Las Vegas, Nev. to take on the UNLV Running Rebels in another non-conference game.