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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Warrior Beat: UH vs. Duquesne

By Stephen Tsai on September 22, 2018

The loooooongest first half comes to an end with the Warriors ahead, 21-14. The Warriors missed a chance to extend the lead when McDonald threw too high to a crossing John Ursua on a fourth-down play with 25 seconds left in the first half. Quick stats: McDonald 18-of-26 for 206 yards, 3 TDs. Cedric Byrd 7 catches, 55 yards, 1 TD * * * * * In the ol’ switch-a-roo, on first=and-goal from the 2, slotback John Ursua motioned behind […]

Warrior Beat: Lineman provides blanket coverage

By Stephen Tsai on September 21, 2018

Defensive lineman Foi Shaw’s dog, Haven, loves to steal his blanket at night. Shaw and his family decided every dog should enjoy such creature comforts. They made it a pet project to donate blankets to the Humane Society. This past week, they fulfilled that pledge turning over 100 blankets donated by Delta Air Lines and American Airlines. “I love animals,” Shaw said. “My family and I took it upon ourselves to help give dogs extra care.” UH coach Nick Rolovich […]

Warrior Beat: Sweater weather

By Stephen Tsai on September 20, 2018

Oh, it was hot this morning — hotter than heck. The mercury was in the 80s. One of the trainers measured the humidity at 87 percent. It felt worse because the Warriors were practicing on Ching’s artificial surface. It was like an old Richard Simmons‘ DVD — sweating to the 80s. And yet … “It’s beautiful,” UH coach Nick Rolovich declared. “It’s not hot. It’s beautiful. Do you want to be out in the snow? Neither do they. But you […]

Warrior Beat: Trading places

By Stephen Tsai on September 19, 2018

Dakota Torres‘ move from slotback to linebacker is not unique. As a tight end/H-back through the 2017 season, Torres was a physical player who enjoyed contact. Even at slotback, where he relocated at the start of spring training, he brought an extra oomph to each play. So the move to linebacker — where he played as a Punahou freshman and sophomore — appears to be a natural transition. Through the many, many years, UH players have found success at new […]

Warrior Beat: West Point is motivating point

By Stephen Tsai on September 18, 2018

Before today’s practice, quarterback Cole McDonald called over several of his teammates. McDonald reminded the players of the feeling following Saturday’s 28-21 loss to Army, their first defeat of the season. “Remember how that felt,” McDonald said he told teammates. “I know I don’t want to feel like that again. I don’t want to let the team down or let Hawaii down again.” The Warriors had an upbeat and seemingly determined practice today. Duquesne is set to arrive tomorrow on […]

Warriors waste no time preparing for Duquesne

By Stephen Tsai on September 17, 2018

How does that country lyric go? It’s wasting time to waste time? (And if that’s not a country lyric, you’re free to use it.) The Warriors wasted little time in preparing for Duquesne. The coaches watched videos of at least two Duquesne games on yesterday’s flight home from New York. By last night, they had studied videos of all of Duquesne’s games. The prep time was so important the Warriors did away with the weekly coaches’ cook-off competition. The Warriors […]

Warrior Beat: The day after

By Stephen Tsai on September 16, 2018

NEW YORK >> The sun came up today. (Well, this being perpetually overcast NYC, you’ll have to take our word on that.) The point is, the Warriors are 3-1 when most of you — yes, we’re looking at you — had only hoped they would be 2-2. So here’s the rose-colored view: > You’re trying to exit an airplane. You’re behind a person pulling a roller bag. He stops. Your shins get hit. He moves, then stops, then hits your shins […]

Game Day: UH vs. Army

By Stephen Tsai on September 15, 2018

WEST POINT, N.Y. >> Cole McDonald’s fourth-down pass into the end zone was broken up by linebacker Cole Christiansen, ending the Warriors’ comeback hopes in a 28-21 loss to Army today. McDonald and John Ursua teamed on an 80-yard TD pass to close the Warriors to 28-21, then made a a fourth-down stop to set up the final sequence. UH advanced to the Army 11, but could not get the tying touchdown. * * * * * Hawaii makes a […]