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

Picture this

By Stephen Tsai on October 21, 2017

An editor used to insist a poll was a snapshot of a particular time. Today’s team-picture day illustrates the Warriors’ immediate status compared to that of training camp. Among the differences between now and then: > Graduate assistant John Estes is coaching the offensive line. > Frank Abreu and Hunter Hughes are on scholarship. > Wesley Faagau is an offensive lineman. > Kyle Gallup and Karson Greeley have moved from quarterback to tight end. > J.R. Hensley and Chris Posa […]

Warriors finish bye-week workouts

By Stephen Tsai on October 20, 2017

The Warriors finished their bye-week practices with a lively workout this rainy morning at the Ching Athletic Complex. Cornerback Cameron Hayes, who has been limited to one game because of ailments this season, played well during scrimmage-like sessions. This week, the Warriors focused on fundamentals and techniques … and getting healthy. They will have a walk-through session tomorrow. * * * * * Safety Tumua Tuinei will be among the comedians performing stand-up tonight at O’Toole’s Irish Pub. Show starts […]

Playing the slots

By Stephen Tsai on October 19, 2017

After a four-day break because of this weekend’s bye, the Warriors resumed practicing this morning. Dylan Collie, who has started six games this season as part of a double-slot attack, took the No. 1 reps at inside receiver. Kumoku Noa and Davine Tullis also practiced at slotback. Kalakaua Timoteo III and Isaiah Bernard practiced at wideout, although the plan is for them to take slotback reps. UH’s leading receiver, slotback John Ursua, is expected to undergo surgery next week to […]

Going long

By Stephen Tsai on October 18, 2017

The Oscar-winning movie, “Titanic,” was beautifully designed and filmed and … freakin’ long. But at 3 hours, 15 minutes, Titanic is still 13 minutes shorter than the average UH football game this year. It was not supposed to be this way after the NCAA decided to enforce time limits this season. Last year, an average FBS game took a record 3 hours, 24 minutes. This year, officials started the 20-minute halftime clock as soon as the players began to leave […]

Filling the slot

By Stephen Tsai on October 17, 2017

It was, of course, devastating for the Warriors to lose slotback John Ursua for the rest of the season because of a torn ACL. He was the leading receiver (7.8 catches per game), accounting for 30.9 percent of the Warriors’ 152 receptions. But after Ursua departed, the Warriors re-worked the game plan. When Ursua played, Dru Brown threw to three different receivers. In Ursua’s absence, the Warriors ran 69 plays — 52 rushes, 17 passes. The pass distribution went this […]

Ursua to miss rest of season

By Stephen Tsai on October 16, 2017

Slotback John Ursua has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the football season. Ursua, a third-year sophomore, suffered the injury on the first play of the second quarter the past Saturday. Ursua is sixth nationally in receiving yards per game (111.2) and seventh in receptions (7.8 per game).

Warriors by the numbers

By Stephen Tsai on October 15, 2017

Following the Warriors’ victory last night, here are today’s national numbers: > Dru Brown is 25th in completions per game (21.29), 34th in accuracy (63.7 percent) and 44th in pass efficiency (141.2). > Diocemy Saint Juste is second in rushing yards (1,904) and fourth in rushing yards per game (156.3). > John Ursua, who departed in the first half with an injury, dropped to sixth in receiving yards per game (111.2) and seventh in catches per game (7.8). > The […]

Game Day: San Jose State

By Stephen Tsai on October 14, 2017

And we move on to the second half of the season … It’s homecoming, and here’s what to watch: > UH offensive line: I’m at Kailua Safeway last night, and a former UH lineman tells me — insists — that John Estes is a great coach. As Dave Koga once told me, always listen to the o-linemen. They know the most. The linemen have been blocking well for Diocemy Saint Juste and keeping Dru Brown upright. Estes should be able […]