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Warrior Beat: Thomas goes to Azusa Pacific

By Stephen Tsai on February 20, 2019

Jake Thomas, who worked with the offensive line as a graduate assistant, is returning to his alma mater — Azusa Pacific — as the offensive line coach. Thomas is a former APU offensive lineman and assistant. “Jake is a great pickup,” said APU head coach Victor Santa Cruz, a former UH linebacker. “He played O-line for us. He got his coaching break at Azusa. We appreciate all he’s been able to learn at Hawaii.” UH coach Nick Rolovich said landing […]

Warriors open spring ball on March 29

By Stephen Tsai on February 19, 2019

Who will place slotback John Ursua? And linebacker Jahlani Tavai? And how will the quarterback reps be split? The answers will begin to be revealed on Friday, March 29, for the first of 15 spring practices for the Warriors. The spring game will be played April 27.

D-lineman transfers from Navy to UH

By Stephen Tsai on February 13, 2019

Alema Kapoi, a former All-State defensive lineman, is joining the Warriors. Here’s the skinny: > Kapoi is 6 feet, 275 pounds, and capable of playing nose tackle, 3-technique and defensive end. The Warriors have all those positions in their 4-2-5 defense. > Kapoi is a 2016 Kamehameha-Kapalama graduate. As a senior, he was named to your favorite newspaper’s All-State first team as a defensive lineman. He also won the state title in the shot put. > He was at Navy’s […]

Eletise’s signing, Purchase’s shooting, Thomas’ status

By Stephen Tsai on February 10, 2019

It was a significant announcement when offensive lineman Michael Eletise announced he was transferring from Arizona to UH. Here’s what it means: > Roll the credits: As a Kaiser High senior, Eletise was a consensus 4-star prospect. He was named as ESPN’s ninth-best offensive tackle. He was named to the Star-Advertiser’s All-State first team. He received more than 30 offers, including Alabama, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC … well, you get the picture. > Line dance: He is 6-3, 315 […]

Former All-State lineman to join Warriors

By Stephen Tsai on February 9, 2019

Michael Eletise, a former All-State offensive lineman and 4-star prospect from Kaiser High, is transferring from Arizona to the UH football team. “I’m very excited,” said Eletise, who based his decisions partly on having “some family stuff to take care of. And my grandparents are getting older. It’s easier for them to see me play if I’m in Hawaii. I talked to my parents, and they were OK with it.” Eletise, who played in all 12 games for the Wildcats […]

Warriors add 8 football players

By Stephen Tsai on February 6, 2019

The Warriors received signed commitments today from: > Boone Abbott, quarterback, 6-2, 175, American Fork (Utah) High > Tavion Allen, free safety, 6-0, 170, Scottsdale (Ariz.) College > Mekel Ealy, wideout, 6-3, 180, Freedom High (Oakley, Calif.) > Caden Hilborn, lineman, 6-5, 285, Highland High (Salt Lake City, Utah) > Gabriel Iniguez, defensive lineman, 6-2, 265, Pittsburgh (Calif.) High > Travon Killins, cornerback, 6-0, 175, Spruce Creek High (Port Orange, Fla.) > Djuan Matthews, defensive lineman, 5-11, 280, Blinn College […]

Tavai invited to Combine; Warriors add DL, DB

By Stephen Tsai on February 5, 2019

Former UH linebacker Jahlani Tavai said he has been invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine in March. Top officials — general managers, personnel directors, coaches — will be evaluating the participants in the invitation-only event in Indianapolis. Tavai, whose senior season was shortened because of a shoulder injury, is now physically fit. He has been training in San Diego. Tavai played several spots during his UH career, but he is projected as a next-level linebacker. * * * * […]

Warriors set 2019 schedule

By Stephen Tsai on February 4, 2019

Here’s the 2019 UH football schedule: Here’s a brief breakdown of it in the StarAdvertiser.com breaking news.