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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Look who’s atop Big West standings

By Stephen Tsai on March 19, 2018

Sure, it’s early and Big West baseball teams have not faced each other yet. But still … Also of note, the ‘Bows jumped 51 spots to No. 46 in the NCAA’s Division I RPI. “All we can control is how we prepare and how we play,” UH coach Mike Trapasso said. “We’ll focus on that, and leave all the ridiculousness to everybody else.” * * * * * Meanwhile, Nick Rolovich and Jason Cvercko depart this evening for California in […]

Work and play

By Stephen Tsai on March 18, 2018

Saturday’s baseball doubleheader was a reminder that another hyphen should be added to the student-athlete description. They also are financial contributors. Per NCAA rules, the ‘Bows are allowed to disperse the financial equivalent of 11.7 scholarships among up to 27 players. Each player on scholarship receives a minimum of 25 percent of the scholarship’s value. Translation: With a 35-player roster, every UH baseball player has to pay for part or all of his school and living expenses. That also is […]

12 former Warriors headed to pro day

By Stephen Tsai on March 17, 2018

A dozen former Warriors will participate in Tuesday’s pro day in Azusa, Calif. They are: > Dejon Allen, offensive lineman > Ammon Barker, wideout > Isaiah Bernard, receiver > Keelan Ewaliko, receiver > Trayvon Henderson, safety > Hunter Hughes, quarterback > Meffy Koloamatangi, defensive end/outside linebacker > David Manoa, defensive end/outside linebacker > Diocemy Saint Juste, running back > Ryan Tuiasoa, running back > Metuisela ‘Unga, tight end > Russell Williams, linebacker

Warriors at full staff heading to spring ball

By Stephen Tsai on March 16, 2018

Five days from the start of spring training, Nick Rolovich has a complete coaching staff. Here’s what the hiring of Michael Ghobrial means: > Unlike predecessor Mayur Chaudhari, who also coached the tight ends and then defensive ends, Ghobrial will focus, for now, exclusively on the specialists. He’s known as a meticulous and positive-thinking teacher who should be helpful in improving the Warriors’ place-kicking. There were five games in which the Warriors did not attempt a field goal. And when […]

Warriors add 4 players

By Stephen Tsai on March 15, 2018

The Warriors added four players to the spring roster: > Trey Larsen, slotback, PAC-5 (HBA) > Scott Lam, defensive back/receiver, Damien > Jacob Pitts, offensive lineman, Castle > Alakai Mashima, safety, Punahou

Ironman was made of mettle

By Stephen Tsai on March 14, 2018

During his five-year Warrior career, offensive lineman John Wa‘a was as reliable as a sunrise — which was fitting, because that’s the time he would be in full practice gear each weekday of the season. He played in 50 of a possible 52 UH games, including 26 starts in a row through his senior-walk game. But the final whistle at 7:25 p.m. on Nov. 25, 2017 also marked the end of an ironman career. Wa‘a appears to have decided not […]

Butler receives NFL audition

By Stephen Tsai on March 13, 2018

Former UH defensive back Dejaun Butler has received — and accepted — an invitation to compete in the NFL’s veterans combine on March 24-25 in Tampa. About 100 players with pro experience will participate in the invitation-only event. “I’ve been grinding, trying to stay focused, keep my foot on the gas,” Butler told the Warrior Beat. Butler was not selected in the 2017 draft. And then things got hectic. He signed with the New Orleans Saints after a successful tryout, […]

Sac State QB seeking to join Warriors

By Stephen Tsai on March 12, 2018

Quarterback Kolney Cassel, who played at Sacramento State the past three seasons, is seeking to join the Warriors as a walk-on. Because he would be a graduate transfer, Cassel would be eligible to compete this season, if the NCAA grants his request for a sixth season. He was sidelined most of the past three seasons while recovering from a shoulder injury. But when healthy, Cassel possesses a powerful arm and knowledge of the run-and-shoot offense, a scheme the Warriors will […]