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/

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Warrior Beat: ‘Bows hit the road

By Stephen Tsai on November 20, 2018

In darkness, the basketball ‘Bows departed the Manoa campus this morning for the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. The ‘Bows will be playing four games during the 10-day trip, opening against Utah in the three-game Wooden Legacy tournament on Thursday. The trip ends next week in the arena John Wooden had historic success — UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion. The ‘Bows insist they have had helpful preparation for their first regular-season road trip. In August, they took a four-game trip to Australia. […]

Warrior Beat: Cordeiro snubbed?

By Stephen Tsai on November 19, 2018

The Mountain West’s offensive player of the week is a backup quarterback who came off the sideline to lead his team from a double-digit, fourth-quarter deficit. Congrats to … Wyoming’s Tyler Vander Waal? Wait. What? Like those similar-themed movies that are released at the same time, Vander Waal and Chevan Cordeiro have a nearly identical storyline. Similar but not the same. > Change: Vander Waal replaced starter Sean Chambers, who was injured in the first series of the game. Cordeiro […]

Warrior Beat: “Stone-cold … gamer”

By Stephen Tsai on November 18, 2018

When asked to describe freshman quarterback Chevan Cordeiro, pass-game coordinator Craig Stutzmann said: “He’s a great kid. He’s got magic. He’s just a stone-cold frickin’ gamer.” * * * * * OK, we know the situation. A player can redshirt if he does not play in more than four games in that season. Cordeiro has played in three games. There are two games remaining — the regular-season finale against San Diego State and the bowl game. Play him or don’t […]

Game Night: Hawaii vs. UNLV

By Stephen Tsai on November 17, 2018

Behind Chevan Cordeiro, Hawaii scores 21 points in a row to defeat UNLV, 35-28, and clinch a berth in the Hawaii Bowl. * * * * * In what is becoming the Miracle of Salt Lake Boulevard, Chevan Cordeiro throws his third TD (in three possessions) to boost UH to a 35-28 lead with 1:25 to play. This time, Cordeiro goes 68 to John Ursua. The Warriors have scored 22 points in a row since Cordeiro entered. * * * […]

Warrior Beat: Manoa wrap-up

By Stephen Tsai on November 16, 2018

Deepest apologies, but it’s been a hectic week. So, in review: On Wednesday, post player Zigmars Raimo celebrated his 21st birthday. In what is a UH basketball tradition, the birthday honoree is serenaded and then presented with a cupcake. And, yes, you’re not having a flashback. As part of the practice rotation, the ‘Bows took a turn this week in Klum Gym. And, yes, it’s still as stuffy as it was back in the sweaty heyday. So, where are the […]

Warrior Beat: Who wants UH-SDSU tickets?

By Stephen Tsai on November 14, 2018

Thanks to two generous readers — Tom Kitaguchi and “Whitey” — we will be giving away two tickets to the Nov. 24 UH-San Diego State game in San Diego. (They’re located on the 40, right behind the UH bench.) To enter the drawing, please post: I want the tickets! Two rules: 1) It’s just the tickets, NO airfare. 2) Enter as many times as you wish. Tom will pick the winner. DPK will make sure the blog hosts mails the […]

Warrior Beat: Hey, ’19

By Stephen Tsai on November 13, 2018

Yesterday’s pledge from a former 4-star athlete — back/receiver Melquise Stovall — further boosts the Warriors’ 2019 recruiting class. Stovall was at California for two years before enrolling at Riverside City College this semester. Stovall, who can run 40 yards in 4.5 seconds, was rated as the nation’s No. 6 all-purpose back as a Paraclete High senior in 2016. He had committed, then de-committed to USC, before signing with Cal. UH has first-burn knowledge of Stovall. He scored a TD […]

Warrior Beat: Ursua reaches the semis

By Stephen Tsai on November 12, 2018

Following today’s 90-minute practice, slotback John Ursua was told he was one of 11 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver. Ursua leads the nation in touchdown receptions (15). He is fourth in receiving yards (1,161), sixth in receiving yards per game (105.5) and ninth in catches per game (7.2). Ursua also demonstrated his new look — a haircut that left a small tail. UH has set up a Web site for Ursua: Ursua5.com