Warrior Beat

Expanded coverage of UH football, including practice notes, game analysis, recruiting info and observations on the Mountain West Conference.

About the blog host

Stephen Tsai covers University of Hawaii football for the Star-Advertiser. Follow him on Twitter @StephenTsai and sign up for the Hawaii football newsletter here: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/email-signup/

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Game Night: UH vs. UH-Hilo

By Stephen Tsai on December 8, 2018

For the first time in 20 days, the Rainbow Warriors are back in the Stan Sheriff Center. This time, the ‘Bows are facing UH-Hilo. For the ‘Bows, who are coming off a 1-3 road trip, this game counts as part of their regular-season schedule. For the Vulcans, this is considered an exhibition. The Vulcans are expected to open with a three-guard attack, led by 6-5 James Griffin 17.3 points, 5.5 rebounds). Denhym Brooke, at 6-8, is the Vulcans’ tallest starter. […]

Warrior Beat: Problem solvers

By Stephen Tsai on December 7, 2018

We all know Pollyannas who just assume that things “take care of themselves”and “everything works out in the end.” But we all know that’s not how it works. You just can’t close your eyes, make a wish, and problems are solved. It takes people to make things work out. Two of those fixers are Jason Cvercko and Josh Omura. When the Warriors had to fill certain positions, Cvercko and Omura initiated the search. And when a couple players did not […]

Warrior Beat: Whacky Wednesday

By Stephen Tsai on December 5, 2018

Freaky Friday? No, today was Whacky Wednesday, during which several offensive and defensive players switched roles. The purpose was twofold: 1) It allowed an offensive player to see what a defensive counterpart goes through. 2) It gave the coaches a chance to see if, down the road, a receiver could be used as a cornerback. “It gave us a look at some guys who may be newer to the program, see what their skill set is,” head coach Nick Rolovich […]

Hawaii Beat: Extra workouts

By Stephen Tsai on December 3, 2018

As a bonus for qualifying for the SoFi Hawaii Bowl, the Warriors were granted 15 practices leading to the Dec. 22 game. The extra work has been beneficial for the offensive and defensive lines. During today’s practice, tackle Ernest Moore and guard Gene Pryor got ample work with the first-team offensive line. On defense, Justus Tavai has been honing his skills as a hybrid at nose tackle and 3-technique.

Warrior Beat: Back in action

By Stephen Tsai on December 1, 2018

After a week off, the Warriors today worked out for 90 minutes, the first of 15 NCAA-allotted practices in advance of the Dec. 22 SoFi Hawaii Bowl. UH coach Nick Rolovich said he views the bowl practices as “another spring practice.” The Warriors are using the extra workouts to give meaningful reps to freshmen, redshirts and developing players. Consider this an advance tutorial for next next season. “You don’t want to waste one opportunity to get better,” Rolovich said. “If […]

Ursua named to All-MW first team; UH and LaTech in Hawaii Bowl

By Stephen Tsai on November 28, 2018

The nation’s leader in touchdown receptions — John Ursua — scored a big honor, being named to the 2018 All-Mountain West first team. Here’s why: > No. 1 nationally in touchdown receptions (16) > No. 5 in receiving yards (1,343) > No. 5 total touchdowns (17) > No. 10 receiving yards per game (103.3) Rush end Kaimana Padello was named to the second team. Here’s why: > Leads team with 11.5 tackles for loss > Leads team with 7.5 sacks […]

Warriors celebrate their season

By Stephen Tsai on November 26, 2018

It’s not over, but the Warriors took time to celebrate the regular season with yesterday’s annual banquet. Roll the credits for: > Alec Waterhouse Most Valuable Player: John Ursua > Coach June Jones Offensive MVP: Cole McDonald > Coach Bob Wagner Defensive MVP: Jahlani Tavai > Coach Dick Tomey Special Teams MVP: Paul Scott > Coach Tom Kaulukukui Offensive Captain: J.R. Hensley > Coach Otto Klum Defensive Captain: Zeno Choi > Ben Yee Most Inspirational Player: Kaimana Padello > Jenny […]

Warrior Beat: QB McDonald delivered

By Stephen Tsai on November 25, 2018

SAN DIEGO >> Under a nearly full moon, head coach Nick Rolovich howled with enthusiasm following the Warriors’ remarkable 31-30 victory over San Diego State. When it was noted Rolovich, for the second consecutive week, was wearing a specially designed shirt honoring his college protector — Vince Manuwai, a former UH linemen and teammate — he declared he would keep wearing it. “Damn, right,” Rolovich said. Rolovich believes in meritocracy, loyalty and faith — the qualities that made Manuwai an […]