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Former QB joins UH staff as intern

By Stephen Tsai on March 20, 2019

Kolney Cassel, a backup quarterback for UH last season, will serve as an intern for the Warriors. It should be an easy transition for Cassel, who spent every day in the quarterback room in meetings, video reviews and exchanging ideas. Even before his stint as a graduate transfer, Cassel had deep knowledge of the Warriors’ run-and-shoot offense. He began his NCAA career as a quarterback at SMU under June Jones. Cassel has proven to be a helpful teammate. Prior to […]

Ursua, Tavai impress scouts at pro day

By Stephen Tsai on March 19, 2019

Former Warriors John Ursua and Jahlani Tavai were impressive during today’s UH pro day on the UCLA campus. Despite still being bothered by hamstring ailment, Ursua, a receiver, was credited with running 40 yards in 4.58 seconds. He had a 10-foot broad jump, and completed the short shuttle in 6.78 seconds. Tavai, a linebacker, did not participate in the measurement events because of the short preparation time following last year’s shoulder surgery. But Tavai did well in field drills, according […]

Va‘a Niumatalolo will help coach O-line

By Stephen Tsai on March 18, 2019

Va‘a Niumatalolo will serve as graduate assistant this football season, head coach Nick Rolovich confirmed today. Niumatalolo worked as an offensive intern this past year. In his new role, Niumatalolo will work with the offensive linemen. Niumatalolo replaces Jake Thomas, who recently accepted the O-line coach’s job at Azusa Pacific. Niumatalolo’s father is Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo, a former UH quarterback and coach.

Warrior Beat: Countdown to spring ball

By Stephen Tsai on March 12, 2019

The countdown to the Warriors’ March 29 start of spring ball has started. The Warriors are wrapping up this portion of offseason training this week. UH’s spring break kicks off on Saturday. Next week, nine former Warriors will compete in UH’s pro day in conjunction with the UCLA football team. And yesterday, 12 UH Manoa students participated in the walk-on tryouts at Ching field. Among the hopefuls were Austin Antoni (Radford), Tristan Fleming-Nazara (Konawaena), Noa Kamana (Punahou) and Trey Larsen, […]

8 to participate in UH Pro Day

By Stephen Tsai on March 5, 2019

Eight former Warriors will participate in UH’s Pro Day on Tuesday, March 19, at UCLA’s practice facility. The participants: > Noah Borden, long snapper > Kolney Cassel, quarterback > Kaiwi Chung, fullback > Mel Davis, running back > Jahlani Tavai, linebacker > Dakota Torres, tight end > John Ursua, receiver > Penitito Faalologo, defensive lineman Of note: > This is the fourth pro day under Nick Rolovich. The previous three were jointly conducted at Azusa Pacific, where former UH linebacker […]

Warriors seeking GA for D-line

By Stephen Tsai on March 3, 2019

The Warriors are seeking a replacement for Numi Lolohea, who accepted a graduate assistant’s job at Tennessee. Lolohea was the Warriors’ GA for the defensive line last year. The process for being accepted into a graduate program is lengthy, but working as a UH grad assistant or intern has been a boost to careers. Since the end of the 2018 season, Billy Ray Stutzmann has been hired as offensive assistant coach at Navy, Jake Thomas joined Azusa Pacific as the […]

Bear market for former UH football intern

By Stephen Tsai on February 28, 2019

Makana Garrigan, who has served on the UH football coaching staff the past three seasons, has joined Maine as a running backs coach. Garrigan is reunited with assistant head coach Pat Denecke, who is the Black Bears’ run-game coordinator and offensive line coach. Denecke, Garrigan and UH head coach Nick Rolovich were on the Nevada staff four years ago. “The weather is slightly different,” said Garrigan, noting tonight’s 12-degree temperature at the Orono campus. “Just a little different.” Garrigan was […]

‘Bows in the pros

By Stephen Tsai on February 25, 2019

Hawaii is well represented in the Alliance of American Football league. Consider: > Benetton Fonua: The Star-Advertiser’s 2011 Defensive Player of the Year and 2012 Kahuku High graduate played in 43 games during his four-season UH career. He’s now a 6-foot, 234-pound linebacker with the Memphis Express. > Meffy Koloamatangi: The younger brother of Leo Koloamatangi (now with the Detroit Lions), Meffy Koloamatangi had a productive career with the Warriors. He is now a 6-5, 273-pound defensive end for the […]