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/

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Warrior Beat: The next step

By Stephen Tsai on October 21, 2018

In the aftermath of a 40-22 loss to Nevada in which little went right — five drops, some mis-reads, many missed tackles — the Warriors are preparing for the next step. Here’s a look at some areas. > Health: As of this morning, there was no update on the status of linebacker Jahlani Tavai, who did not play in the second half because of what appeared to be a shoulder ailment. Earlier in the season, it was thought he would […]

Game Day: Hawaii vs. Nevada

By Stephen Tsai on October 20, 2018

Hawaii falls to Nevada, 40-22, tonight at Aloha Stadium. Too many missed tackles and too much of Nevada’s power game resulted in the Warriors falling to 6-3 and 3-1 in the MWC. ————————- UH closes to 33-22 with 3:15 to play on Cole McDonald’s 2-yard scoring pass to JoJo Ward, and then John Ursua’s ensuring two-point conversion toss to Marcus Armstrong-Brown. * * * * Dayton Furuta is stopped on fourth-and-1, ending yet another UH drive. Chevan Cordeiro was the […]

Warrior Beat: Kitamura joins baseball staff / MBB Tip-Off Event photos

By Stephen Tsai on October 19, 2018

Pi‘ikea Kitamura, a versatile player during his UH career, has joined the Rainbow Warriors’ baseball staff as a volunteer assistant. Kitamura is a Kamehameha-Kapalama alumnus who was valued at UH as an infielder, backup catcher and leader. Jerry Kleman, an assistant coach last year, departed the program this summer. Mike Brown was hired to fill a coaching position that was initially vacated when Rusty McNamara and his family decided to move to Italy last year. * * * * * […]

Warrior Beat: Expansion football

By Stephen Tsai on October 18, 2018

With eight games in the books and five more remaining in the regular season, the Warriors are seeking to make use of a new redshirt rule to expand the active roster. The amendment allows a player to appear in up to four games and still count this as a redshirt season. “We’re going to see some guys who really aren’t freshmen anymore,” head coach Nick Rolovich said. “We want to see if there’s anyone who can help us, especially on […]

Warrior Beat: Governors’ ball

By Stephen Tsai on October 17, 2018

Students from Farrington High’s Friends program attended today’s UH football practice at the grass practice field. Afterward, the UH coaches and players signed autographs and posed for pictures. It was a particularly proud time for defensive end Manly “Pumba” Williams, a Farrington graduate. “It was nice to see them come out here,” Williams said. “I take pride in where I come from, where I grew up. I’m a Kalihi boy. I love it. There was no place I’d rather spend […]

Warrior Beat: Call goes Farris’ way

By Stephen Tsai on October 16, 2018

On Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, cornerback Rojesterman Farris II was a signature away from the next phase of his life. During a signing ceremony at Coral Springs (Fla.) Charter High, Farris was set to make a written commitment to Wagner College, an FCS school in New York. “I was sitting at the table, and the next thing I know my dad was on the phone,” Farris recalled. “I’m looking at him, mad as hell, like, ‘C’mon, bro, it’s my day,’ […]

Warrior Beat: Running theme

By Stephen Tsai on October 15, 2018

This season, the Warriors have had uneven results in defending the run. Against the triple-option, they yielded 326 rushing yards to Navy and 303 to Army. But they also dominated Duquesne (24 rushing yards) and San Jose State (39). Playing what Nick Rolovich referred to as “big-boy football,” BYU amassed 280 rushing yards. In the first eight games: • Colorado State — 116 rushing yards, 4.64 yards per carry • Navy — 326 yards, 6.65 ypc • Rice — 147 […]

Warrior Beat: Lessons from Provo

By Stephen Tsai on October 14, 2018

PROVO >> Every game is supposed to be a teaching moment. Here’s what we learned from UH’s 49-23 loss to BYU: > Counter moves: In the lobby of the hotel where the Warriors spent the trip, there is a giant chess board, which served as decorative and metaphorical. Teams have had enough video evidence of the capabilities of the Warriors’ hybrid offense. The past few opponents have devised counter measures. The continuing challenge for the Warriors is to counter the […]