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/

Latest news

Warrior Beat: Ursua sets training schedule

By Stephen Tsai on January 3, 2019

Former UH slotback John Ursua will depart Jan. 12 to train in Arizona ahead of the Warriors’ Pro Day and the 2019 NFL Draft. Ursua will work out under Chad Ikei, who recently relocated his training business to Arizona. Ursua said he has healed from a hamstring injury suffered four days before the Dec. 22 SoFi Hawaii Bowl. * * * * * Quarterback Jeremy Moussa‘s decision to transfer was not surprising nor unprecedented. Since 2000, these quarterbacks left the […]

Warrior Beat: QB Moussa leaving Warriors

By Stephen Tsai on January 2, 2019

Quarterback Jeremy Moussa has decided to leave the Warriors and transfer to a junior college, head coach Nick Rolovich confirmed to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Moussa, who joined the Warriors as an early admission in January 2018, played in two games in 2018 — a limitation that enabled him to redshirt and still have four seasons of eligibility remaining. He completed four of nine passes for 77 yards and a touchdown. Despite having the strongest arm among the UH quarterbacks, Moussa […]

Warrior Beat: Curran update

By Stephen Tsai on January 1, 2019

Representatives for Bobby Curran have been assured that UH’s radio play-by-play announcer will not be charged over an incident that occurred last week. Curran, 63, was arrested following a confrontation with his 15-year-old son. His attorney termed it as an argument that escalated into a wrestling match. There were no reported serious injuries. Curran said he will discuss the matter at 7:30 a.m. Thursday during his daily radio show on KKEA 1420-AM. Curran, who has been on vacation for more […]

Game Day: UH vs. Alabama A&M

By Stephen Tsai on December 29, 2018

The Rainbow Warriors wrap up their pre-conference schedule with tonight’s game against Alabama A&M. For the ‘Bows, this game will lead to a much-needed period of practices and rest. As head coach Eran Ganot noted, not many student-athletes have played on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. The Bulldogs have struggled the past several years. They finished last among 351 Division I teams the previous two seasons. They are 1-11 this season — they upset Tulane a week ago — and 6-66 […]

Warrior Beat: Back to Boise

By Stephen Tsai on December 28, 2018

For the first time in years, the Warriors will play eight of their 13 regular-season games at home in 2019. The home games are: > Arizona — Aug. 24 > Oregon State — Sept. 7 > Central Arkansas — Sept. 21 > Air Force — TBA > San Diego State — TBA > San Jose State — TBA > Fresno State — TBA > Army — Nov. 30 The road games are: > Washington — Sept. 14 > Boise State […]

Warrior Beat: “Next!”

By Stephen Tsai on December 26, 2018

Don’t touch the panic button. C’mon, I know you think it’s calling you, like a freshly painted park bench. But step away. Here’s why: > Anxiety: John Ursua is leaving. > Reason for calm: Scout Bowls … team sessions … it doesn’t matter. In competitive situations, Kumoku Noa makes big plays. Lots of big plays. Fast cleats, soft hands, deceptive toughness. Noa can play inside and outside. He redshirted this season to take care of business. He’s ready for a […]

Warrior Beat: Ursua leaves UH to pursue pro dream

By Stephen Tsai on December 25, 2018

One of the most prolific receivers in Warrior football history — John Ursua — has decided to forgo his senior season in 2019 and apply for the NFL Draft. Ursua told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser his decision was based on his age (he turns 25 next month) and production the past two seasons. Ursua leads the nation in TD receptions (16), and is fifth in receiving yards (5), eighth in receiving yards per game (103.3) and 10th in catches per game […]

Game Day: UH vs. Colorado

By Stephen Tsai on December 23, 2018

The Rainbow Warriors and Colorado meet in today’s consolation round. It is a surprising position for the Buffaloes, who were were considered a favorite to reach the championship game.But Indiana State, and electrifying point guard Jordan Barnes, proved to be too good. The Sycamores defeated UNLV today to reach the title game. The ‘Bows went with a taller lineup in the opener. It will be interesting to see if guard Brocke Stepteau, who started the first 10 before coming off […]