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: Lessons from 2018 camp

By Stephen Tsai on August 19, 2018

After 20 practices spread over 23 days, the Warriors completed training camp yesterday and are prepared for game week. But before packing away the sun screen — OK, the sun screen can still stay — and figuring out different ways to get KK Padello on the interview list, here’s what we learned from camp: > Age does not matter: Freshmen created some of the loudest buzz. Quarterbacks Jeremy Moussa and Chevan Cordeiro proved they could make the jump from high […]

Warrior Beat: Warriors break camp

By Stephen Tsai on August 18, 2018

After 20 practices, the Warriors broke training camp this morning. The Warriors will enter their regular practice schedule on Monday, the first day of UH’s fall semester. The roster is permitted to expand at that time. The Warriors depart Wednesday evening to Denver in advance of next Saturday’s season opener against Colorado State. For the second day in a row, the Warriors practiced in their game-day black helmets. The decals will be added next week. As reported in your favorite […]

Warrior Beat: Generation Ex

By Stephen Tsai on August 17, 2018

Three former players from different generations — Joe Onosai, Keku Akana and Mike Washington — attended practice today and then delivered impassioned pep talks to the Warriors.

Warrior Beat: Padello earns scholarship

By Stephen Tsai on August 16, 2018

During a team meeting yesterday, K.K. Padello gave a slide-show presentation on his work on the Big Island as a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard. A picture appeared of his brother, defensive end Kaimana Padello, followed by joyful applause and cheering. And that’s when Kaimana Padello learned he had earned a football scholarship. “It’s a blessing,” Kaimana said. It also was a proud moment for his older brother, who had to keep the news a secret for about […]

Warrior Beat: Warriors add Moore

By Stephen Tsai on August 15, 2018

After a slight delay, offensive tackle Ernest Moore has joined the Warriors. Moore needed to complete two summer classes at City College of San Francisco to earn an associate’s degree and finalize his transfer to UH. Moore has gone through the orientation phase — no-padded practices — and is expected to be cleared for full participation as early as tomorrow. He said he has kept up by studying the playbook and going through tutorial sessions on the run-and-shoot offense. Moore did […]

Warrior Beat: Warriors pick co-captains

By Stephen Tsai on August 14, 2018

Four players with diverse backgrounds — a married long-snapper who is a father of two, an offensive lineman from Oklahoma, a boar-hunting defensive lineman, and a rugby player from California — are this year’s Warrior football co-captains. “That’s Hawaii for you,” long-snapper Noah Borden said. “That’s Hawaii football. That’s the islands. It’s a good representation of what we have to offer at the University of Hawaii football program. No matter where you’re from, no matter what you’re here to do, […]

Warrior Beat: Traditional touch

By Stephen Tsai on August 13, 2018

In a collaborative effort bridging the past and present, Polynesian Warriors and Rainbow Warriors, a new rite was added to the UH football program. Before every practice, the Warriors will touch a koa plaque in the locker room to draw mana and unity. A group of boosters, chaired by Kekoa Furtado, and coach Nick Rolovich introduced the rite during an emotional ceremony yesterday afternoon. Brook Kapukuniahi Parker, a famed illustrator and Hawaiian historian, created a picture of Polynesian warriors. That […]

Sunday musings: Aloha, time, Leahey

By Stephen Tsai on August 12, 2018

With about 40 first-year Warriors, it sometimes is about just establishing a routine. And that was the most significant takeaway from Saturday’s scrimmage at Aloha Stadium. The Warriors simulated the game-day routine, from meetings to the pre-event meal, to the bus ride to the stadium, to how to exit the locker room. The little things matter. Of note: > The quarterbacks had their moments. Chevan Cordeiro opened in a rhythm, speed-reading the coverages and making quick (and correct) decisions. He […]