Ursua, Choi to represent Warriors at media event

Slotback John Ursua and defensive lineman Zeno Choi will represent the Warriors at the Mountain West Media Summit on July 25 in Las Vegas.
The three-day event features interview and promotional sessions with the Mountain Division representatives on July 24 and the West Division players and coaches on July 25.
Ursua is a leading candidate for consideration on the MW preseason all-star team. Ursua was leading the nation in receiving when he suffered a knee injury last season. He has since fully recovered.


  1. hak July 5, 2018 7:43 am

    Go Warriors!
    Let it be known…the Warriors will show everyone!
    Go Warriors!

  2. haka July 5, 2018 7:43 am

    Go Warriors!
    Let it be known…the Warriors will show everyone!
    Go Warriors!

  3. orioles4eva July 5, 2018 8:02 am

    Great job Zeno, from walk on to featured D-line player.

  4. A-House July 5, 2018 9:02 am

    i like how Zeno plays — his quickness and speed allowed him, several times in 2017, to split the tackle/guard or by-pass the tackle to chase down the ball carrier

    did not see this from too many other UH DL

    my biggest concern is how the “D” will play in 2018 — nearly all new coaching staff with ‘tons’ of experience — yet, experience alone does not mean success — it will allow the coach to show/teach players how other offenses they worked against played — technique may be on the upswing! players must buy in or sit on the bench!

    they may surprise some teams and end up at 8 wins and 5 losses or better — early incentive is Phil Steele’s placement of them at the BOTTOM!!!!

    best indication for season is how well they play at Colorado State on 8/25/18.

  5. A-House July 5, 2018 9:16 am

    I was told a along time ago, ” mine is not to reason why, mine is but to do and die”!

    don’t agree with this at all!!

    MINE IS ALWAYS TO REASON WHY! why run the same play against an 8-men defensive front? why not fake the run up the middle and pass to an open receiver? why not use the former tall TEs in the slot position? why not use “sumo” techniques to develop leg strength of the OL? why not use a lop- sided OL with the center at the far right or left position? why not stack all the “D” at or near the LOS and then break out into a pre-arranged scheme as the QB is just about done calling signals?

  6. roygbivs July 5, 2018 9:21 am

    Go Warriors!
    Chopping at da bit….

    I wonder what Rolo gonna do this year?

  7. 808WarriorFan July 5, 2018 9:23 am

    #3 … “A-House” … agree with your comment on the Colorado State game … they “manhandled” us last year …


  8. Inyoface July 5, 2018 9:31 am

    Good choices! Let’s Go!

  9. Kahuna July 5, 2018 9:33 am

    Experience make a big difference in terms of making game time decisions and making decisions on the fly. It’s like any other profession. The more experienced, the more you know what to do and how to handle tough situations.

    Of course, everybody need to be on the same page to make experience work but I trust this staff way more then last season’s one. Last year, there was just too much first timers. First time D1 DC, first time full time LB coach, first, new safety coach, etc..

    Logo, Banker and Batoon should bring back the defenses of past and make Hawaiia feared defensive team again…..I hope!!

  10. Da Punchbowl Kid July 5, 2018 9:48 am

    Great players to put a face on the Warriors!

    A clean slate on offense and defense, new coaches new systems.
    Optimism is high!


  11. Maddog50 July 5, 2018 11:57 am

    Zeno Choi-my man!

  12. Trunks420 July 5, 2018 12:09 pm

    October 27 will be the game that shows how far We came as a team but more importantly as ohana

  13. clyde July 5, 2018 1:47 pm

    Personally, the lack of experience and depth on the offensive line is a concern, particularly if rumors of Tui Eli’s absence are true. Whether it’s offense or defense, it all starts up front. Perhaps, the run-and-shoot can cover up some blocking deficiencies … I dunno.

  14. Trunks420 July 5, 2018 2:17 pm

    I see us being a great football team in 2 years.

    Hoping we can keep same coach staff till then.

    Also we should be able to Finally beat Boise when we play them in few years

  15. H-Man July 5, 2018 3:38 pm

    Yup, hoping for the best. Agree with A-House. First game against Colorado State will give us an idea where the program is at. First four games (Colorado St, Navy, Rice, Army) can make or break the season.

  16. suckkabooya July 5, 2018 3:51 pm

    I wonder If Tavai is suspended (or in some limbo) as of now. Should be him there. Good for Geno though. Will worry about it after more info comes.

  17. kahuna July 5, 2018 4:28 pm

    I believe Jahlani was there last year. I don’t think UH chooses the same playes to represent…no matter how good that person is. There is usually different players every year. It gives other players exposure.

    I believe a different player would have been chosen even if Tavai was not in trouble. Choi is a good story. From him being a walk on, to him being an Asian, to him being a hunter…its just a feel good story all around.

    Next season, it will be two different players.

  18. kalua pig July 5, 2018 5:40 pm

    max holloway tried to lose 30 pounds in 6 days to fight in the 155 class.he truly is blessed he didn’t have to fight brian ortega.maxy baby,it’s time to move up a weight class.

  19. Casual Observer July 5, 2018 6:14 pm

    #4 Best example of thinking outside the box is the first UH blowout of BYU when they came out in the “snake” formation and Gabriel at QB. Another time was with Dick Tomey vs. USC (Charles White). Rolo also had a trick play in the bowl game vs. Middle Tennessee. Collegiate football is very competitive and UH is rarely physically superior to its opponents so any form of surprise is needed and welcomed, especially by the fans. Boise does it all the time. Of course, the play has to work most of the time otherwise boo birds come out.

  20. clyde July 5, 2018 6:29 pm

    #18: Well, there was the fake punt on fourth-and-22 from its own 29 against UCLA last year. I’m sure that surprised everyone. Gaudion came up a little short and UCLA went on to score and turn what had been a competitive 21-7 game into a rout. As you said, the play has to work or the consequences can be steep.

  21. Trunks420 July 5, 2018 6:30 pm

    I believe we can surprise folks first few games.

    If we start fast on offence and with a stingy Defence we could be undefeated when we travel to cali on October 27

  22. UKU@LA July 5, 2018 7:05 pm

    PU-EWA to startle or surprise should be the new defense!!!PU-EEEWAU


  23. UKU@LA July 5, 2018 7:13 pm



  24. Trunks420 July 5, 2018 7:47 pm

    I going all in
    Hoping for best

  25. amela July 5, 2018 7:50 pm

    Win or lose just do your best! Warrior forever!

  26. cappie the dog July 5, 2018 7:57 pm

    Scott Squier got promoted to AAA.

    This is my sports fun as I patiently wait for UH fall sports.

    Former Bows in the minor leagues.

    Josh Rojas went 3-3 today.

    He’s been in a mini-slump.

    He used to hit lead-off.

  27. burro sabio July 5, 2018 11:28 pm

    #18 that would be true except that the snake formation was born in the 1984 BYU game.

  28. suckkabooya July 6, 2018 12:31 am

    I think Zeno would be a good Sumotori. His attack can surprise you with how quick it is. Plus he is solidly put together.

  29. suckkabooya July 6, 2018 12:54 am

    #16 Kahuna

    Mahalo for the info on the media participation. I won’t worry yet.

  30. suckkabooya July 6, 2018 1:05 am

    BTW I wish Jonah Tavai could join this walk-on group if he is still available. The group already seems terrific. Adding Jonah would make it incredible. Just wishing.

  31. A-House July 6, 2018 8:14 am

    my memory is very foggy, but did not Jonah Tavai commit to UH or did I totally misread the article in the paper several months ago.

  32. clyde July 6, 2018 8:44 am

    A-House: Justus signed with UH. Jonah is the younger brother (Class of 2018). Maybe someone knows where he’s headed.

  33. H-Man July 6, 2018 9:14 am

    Just to add, there are six Tavai brothers; Jordan (Class of 2010) played at Kansas, while J.R. (2011) went on to play at USC. Jahlani (2014) is currently on the Hawaii football roster, while Justus (2016) is an incoming JC transfer from El Camino College. The last is Jonah (2018). All played at Mira Costa H.S,, Manhattan Beach, CA.

    I think UH should take a chance on Jonah. Although only 5-10/285, he might be a good NT.

  34. UKU@LA July 6, 2018 9:44 am



  35. UKU@LA July 6, 2018 9:51 am

    pu-ewa to startle or surprise!!


  36. WWF July 6, 2018 10:19 am

    @#30 H-Man

    Jonah Tavai would make a great short yardage back that could also block in the RNS formation.

  37. A-House July 6, 2018 10:28 am


    5’10” @ 285#s — low to the ground — got strong lower body? quick feet? powerful “thrust”?

    get chance to grow 3 more inches?

    could be a good NG substitute

  38. A-House July 6, 2018 10:30 am


    how U bee?

    see you niece has married and doing well on TV — we watch her all week!

    we still talk about all the t-leaves you brought to Nola!

  39. burro sabio July 6, 2018 11:27 am

    Mr. A-House, your memory is foggy :).

  40. H-Man July 6, 2018 11:52 am

    WWF. the news article mentioned Jonah played short yardage and for his senior year, played left tackle. Apparently he has lots of skills.

  41. Stephen Tsai July 6, 2018 12:12 pm

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=46158

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