Warrior Beat

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

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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/

Latest news

Warriors kick-start the competition

By Stephen Tsai on July 21, 2018

Kekoa Sasaoka, a former All-State kicker/punter from Kahuku High, is joining the Warriors this week. Sasaoka was at Snow College the past year and before that he was with Bowling Green. He can punt and placekick, but he’ll be contending for the point-scoring position at UH. He said he is comfortable from up to 55 yards. The other kickers: > Alex Trifonovitch, who was recruited as punter but made the switch to kicker last year. > Ryan Meskell, an Australian […]

It’s a small world after all

By Stephen Tsai on July 20, 2018

So, this Disney-esque thing happened: Defensive back Adam Netane, a recent grad of Orlando’s Bishop Moore Catholic High, was supposed to attend Army. But that arrangement fell through after signing day, and he was essentially a free agent. Then Vae Tata heard about the situation from Netane’s hanai brother, James Thomson. Tata and Thomson were on the same coaching staff at UCLA. Tata then calls UH defensive coordinator Corey Batoon. Soon after, Netane was invited to join the Warriors. Netane […]

Warriors reload at wideout

By Stephen Tsai on July 19, 2018

The Warriors have rebounded after it was ruled that wideouts Kalakaua Timoteo, Isaia Leeth and Karson Greeley did not meet the eligibility requirements to play this coming season. Joseph “JoJo” Ward of Tyler College in Texas is the third wideout this week to announce his intent to join the Warriors for next week’s start of training camp. He follows John Johnson of Antelope Valley College and James Green III of Cathedral City High. Similar to Johnson and Green, Ward will […]

Warriors add speedy receiver

By Stephen Tsai on July 17, 2018

James Green III, a speedy receiver from Cathedral City High in California, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser he will play for the Warriors this season. Green said he is set to report for the July 26 opening of training camp. Green was initially committed to Montana Tech but instead decided to join UH. He can run 100 meters in a laser-timed 10.75 seconds.

JC quarterback joining Warriors

By Stephen Tsai on July 17, 2018

And now there are seven … Quarterback Tanner Darling of Moorpark College told the Star-Advertiser he is joining the Warriors. The skinny: > He joins a QB group that includes Cole McDonald, Jeremy Moussa, Chevan Cordeiro, Justin Uahinui, Kolney Cassel and Larry Tuileta. Tuileta is still training with the U.S. volleyball team. > Darling is 6-1 and 193 pounds. He had two growth spurts in high school, from when he was a 5-6, 120-pound freshman to his current height. > […]

Warriors add receiver … Jai Cunningham leaving KHON

By Stephen Tsai on July 16, 2018

Wideout John Johnson of Antelope Valley College told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser he is joining the Warriors. Johnson, who is originally from Warner Robins, Ga., is 5-11, 190 pounds, and capable of running 100 meters in 10.86 seconds. He averaged 18.2 yards per catch last season. Johnson said he will report for the July 26 opening of UH’s training camp. JAI CUNNINGHAM LEAVING KHON Timing is everything. KHON hired Jai Cunningham as a sports reporter in 1992 — the year the […]

From Z to A

By Stephen Tsai on July 15, 2018

Linebacker Andrew Choi of Kaiser High is joining the Warriors as a walk-on. Choi is the younger brother of UH defensive tackle Zeno Choi. Andrew Choi is 6-1 and 215 pounds. He is following the path of his older brother, who also joined as a walk-on before being awarded a scholarship last season. Zeno Choi is representing UH at next week’s Mountain West Media Preview. Andrew Choi and Zeno Choi will be the third set of brothers on UH’s defense. […]

Warriors add GA

By Stephen Tsai on July 13, 2018

Jack Perez, who was a Division III All-America linebacker at Pacific (Forest Grove, Ore.), has joined the Warriors as a graduate-assistant coach. Perez will work with the defense, primarily tutoring the defensive ends and outside linebackers. Perez had played under UH assistant coach Jacob Yoro at Pacific in 2014. As a Pacific senior in 2016, Perez amassed a school-record 123 tackles, including 15 tackles for loss. The other UH graduate assistants are Jake Thomas and Numi Lolohea.