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Warrior Beat: Hawaii football hits local recruiting circuit

By Stephen Tsai on April 17, 2019

If your Oahu high school fields a varsity football team, that was a UH football coach wearing an H-logo shirt on your campus on Monday. The NCAA’s evaluation period for football prospects began this week. It is a time when college assistant coaches may visit a football-playing school to meet with coaches, teachers and counselors to discuss football prospects. UH coach Nick Rolovich‘s plan was to make sure an assistant coach visited every Oahu school with a football team. “We […]

Hawaii football: Chris Brown enjoys the show

By Brian McInnis on April 16, 2019

Blood and sweat. When Craig Stutzmann thinks about his playing days alongside Chris Brown, those substances come to mind. Vividly, too, as Brown, the former Rainbow Warrior standout linebacker (1999 to 2002), is back in town. The 39-year-old still resembles wrought iron in human form. “He’s tough as you-know-what,” said Stutzmann, one of a handful of members of the UH coaching staff (including head coach Nick Rolovich) who suited up with Brown. “Toughest guy that I know, mentally, physically. I […]

Warrior Beat: Nose tackle earns Hawaii football scholarship

By Stephen Tsai on April 16, 2019

Today’s practice had just ended but there was one more point to be made. In the post-practice circle, coach Nick Rolvich awarded a scholarship to nose tackle Azia Se‘ei. It comes at a perfect time. The help Se‘ei receives through the GI Bill — his father was in the Navy for more than 25 years — was set to expire this summer. Se‘ei is set to earn a bachelor’s degree in May 2020. Se‘ei also has been playing on the […]

Warrior Beat: Middle schoolers, “GOT,” hoops banquet

By Stephen Tsai on April 14, 2019

Things are getting busier and busier on the Manoa campus. Yesterday marked the Warriors’ first “Middle School Day.” While most schools have “Junior Days” for high school students wishing to learn more about their institutions (and football programs, of course), UH had an open house for middle school students. The emphasis is that no matter your future aspirations, every class in high school counts. Too often when students are considering college, they are hindered by poor grades as freshmen or […]

Warrior Beat: Tanuvasa eligible to play in 2019

By Stephen Tsai on April 12, 2019

Every so often, the NCAA does the right thing. And that happened this week when the NCAA approved a waiver that allows Eliki Tanuvasa to play for the Warriors this season. The rule is a player has to redshirt after transferring between NCAA Division I schools. After a semester at Eastern Illinois, an FCS program, Tanuvasa enrolled at UH in January. The NCAA recognized Tanuvasa’s reasoning was legit — he came home to help his ailing father — and granted […]

Warrior Beat: Smart approach

By Stephen Tsai on April 10, 2019

After every spring practice, receiver Jared Smart runs a go route to the neighboring soccer field where he fields “passes” launched from the JUGS machine. With the sun at an unforgiving angle and the fatigue from a two-hour practice, it is a challenging time for Smart to work on his focus and receiving skills. “You have to put in the extra work,” Smart said. “That’s the path my dad took. I try to do the same things he did. I […]

Rainbow Warrior football: 3-man weave

By Brian McInnis on April 9, 2019

The Hawaii football team is running a three-man weave from the pocket this spring. UH, which is about a third of the way through spring practices, is giving quarterbacks Cole McDonald, Chevan Cordeiro and Justin Uahinui all the work they could want as they sling ball after ball at receivers a few times a week. >> SPRING PRACTICE PHOTO GALLERY McDonald (3,875 yards, 36 TD, 10 INT), who is a fourth-year junior in 2019, was the primary signal-caller in the […]

Kahuku safety signs with Warriors

By Stephen Tsai on April 8, 2019

Kahuku High defensive back Nalu Emerson has signed with the Warriors. Here are the details: > Emerson is 6-1 and 205 pounds. > He graduates from Kahuku in May. > He was named to your favorite newspaper’s 2018 All-State third team. > He projects to compete at safety for the Warriors as player who can play in coverage or mix it up in the box. > “Choosing Hawaii was a no-brainer for me,” Emerson said. “Honestly, I feel they’re on […]