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/

Latest news

UH recruit is POY

By Stephen Tsai on December 17, 2017

Saint Louis quarterback Chevan Cordeiro is the Star-Advertiser’s Offensive Player of the Year. Our peeps at Hawaii Prep World did a good job vetting, compiling, and selecting this year’s All-State teams. Here’s the link: All-State teams Cordeiro is expected to sign with the Warriors on Wednesday.

Last call

By Stephen Tsai on December 15, 2017

With the contact period expiring at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, the Warriors are making a late recruiting push. There are five recruits in town this week. Wednesday is the first day prospects may sign letters of intent.

Former Warrior aims for next goal

By Stephen Tsai on December 14, 2017

One of the good guys — Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea (who actually won a national award for being a good guy) — is back in Hawaii after spending the past six months playing in Germany and then Japan. As a defensive end for the Warriors in 2016, Kema-Kaleiwahea had 45 tackles and two sacks in 14 starts. “I needed a little more experience and a little more film,” said Kema-Kaleiwahea, a Kamehameha Schools graduate who was at Arizona for two years before […]

Warriors add rush end

By Stephen Tsai on December 13, 2017

The Warriors boosted their pass rush with the addition of Zach Ritner of Capistrano Valley (Calif.) High. Ritner is 6 feet 3 and 240 pounds. This past season, he amassed 24.5 sacks, 27 tackles for loss and 16 quarterback hurries. Of his 60 tackles, 51 were solo stops. “I really put in a lot of work in the offseason with my defensive line coach,” Ritner told the Star-Advertiser. “He really knows what he’s talking about.” Here’s his highlight video: Zach […]

Two multi-skilled players commit to Warriors

By Stephen Tsai on December 12, 2017

Eight days ahead of the early-signing period, the Warriors filled a need at defensive end and secured a commitment from a player who can help at several positions. Derek Thomas of Cerritos College and Jonah La‘ulu of Centennial High told the Star-Advertiser they will sign letters of intent next week Wednesday, the first day of the new early-signing period. Thomas, who is 6-2 and 222 pounds, will enroll at UH in January, participate in the offseason strength/conditioning program and spring […]

Final stretch

By Stephen Tsai on December 11, 2017

It’s final-exams week for the Warriors. There are about 15 Warriors expected to earn bachelor’s degrees on Saturday, including left tackle Dejon Allen, defensive end Meffy Koloamatangi, running back Diocemy Saint Juste and safety Trayvon Henderson. Many of the Warriors will be completing work on their bachelor’s degree in nine semesters — a rapid rate that is credited to Na Koa and the Waterhouse foundation for paying for summer school. Not only do the players pick up credits, but they […]

Pay scale weighs against Warriors

By Stephen Tsai on December 10, 2017

Some teams are the Yankees. Some teams are the Marlins. Guess which Mountain West football teams are playing high-stakes poker and which are playing Go Fish? According to USA Today, this is the total salary pool for assistant football coaches: 1. Boise State — $2,085,101 2. Colorado State — $1,884,000 3. San Diego State — $1,741,708 4. Fresno State — $1,700,000 5. Wyoming — $1,587,612 6. Nevada — $1,524,605 7. UNLV — $1,474,532 8. New Mexico — $1,459,875 9. Utah […]