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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Live football blog: Hawaii vs. Wyoming

By Stephen Tsai on October 30, 2020

Wyoming ran often and then ran away to a 31-7 victory over Hawaii at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. The Cowboys’ ground game accounted for 281 of their 393 yards. Xazavian Valladay rushed 163 yards and Trey Smith gained 89 yards. They each scored two touchdowns. The Cowboys controlled the clock for 38 minutes, 15 seconds. UH quarterback Chevan Cordeiro was 11 of 26 for 110 yards. He was sacked five times. Both teams are now 1-1. UH plays […]

Live football blog: Hawaii at Fresno State

By Stephen Tsai on October 24, 2020

Hawaii runs away to a 34-19 season-opening victory over Fresno State, amassing 324 rushing yards in Todd Graham’s debut as the Rainbow Warriors’ head coach. Starting quarterback Chevan Cordeiro and wildcat QB Calvin Turner each rushed for two TDs. Cordeiro sealed the outcome when he raced 54 yards for a first down on a third-and-2 play with 2:43 to play. Freshman Matthew Shipley also booted two field goals for the Warriors. It was UH’s second victory against Fresno in the […]

Todd Graham takes part in Hawaii football tradition

By Stephen Tsai on October 22, 2020

The Warriors departed today for the season opener against Fresno State, but not before head coach Todd Graham was presented with a symbolic koa lei. Hawaii island craftsman JefF Gomes completed the lei on Wednesday, then sent it by express delivery to Na Koa’s clubhouse. Jenn Smythe tracked the shipment, and went it finally arrived, she raced to present it to a grateful Graham. The idea of a coach’s koa lei was spawned a couple years when a group of […]

Fresno State announces starting QB for Hawaii football opener

By Stephen Tsai on October 19, 2020

During this morning’s Zoom session with reporters, Fresno State head coach Kalen DeBoer announced that Jake Haener would start at quarterback against Hawaii in Saturday’s season opener at Bulldog Stadium. Haener beat out Ben Wooldridge, who threw six passes in 2019. Haener is a junior who redshirted in 2019 after transferring from Washington. In a limited role in 2018, Haener completed 69% of his passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. Haener was most effective in the fourth quarter, during […]

Hawaii men’s volleyball: Rado Parapunov, Colton Cowell, Patrick Gasman will be back for 2021 season

By Stephen Tsai on May 7, 2020

Aloha ball will have to wait another year. Volleyball coach Charlie Wade confirmed his four seniors — including two-time All-American Rado Parapunov — will return for the 2021 season. It was presumed their eligibility had ended in March when the NCAA canceled the remainder of the spring-sport seasons because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But later that month, the NCAA’s Division I Council approved a measure providing spring-sport players “an additional season of competition and an extension of their period of […]

Hawaii football: Rojesterman Farris to Atlanta Falcons, JoJo Ward to Arizona Cardinals

By Stephen Tsai on April 25, 2020

Ninety minutes after quarterback Cole McDonald was selected by the Tennessee Titans, former UH teammate Rojesterman Farris II reached agreement on a free-agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons. Farris said he welcomes being reunited with Mayur Chaudhari, who was the Warriors’ special teams coordinator in 2016 and 2017. Chaudhari is on the Falcons’ staf. Farris served several roles on speciality units when he was not being used as a shut-down cornerback. Farris, who amassed 54 tackles while playing in all […]

Hawaii football: Cole McDonald drafted in 7th round by Tennessee Titans

By Stephen Tsai on April 25, 2020

The following was posted on the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s breaking news. Former University of Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonald is taking his talents to Nashville. The Tennessee Titans today selected McDonald in the seventh round — No. 224 overall — of the 2020 National Football League Draft. “I’m excited right now,” McDonald told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser in a telephone interview. “I’m super excited. I’m at home with a bunch of family and friends. It was pretty awesome. It was surreal to see […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Drew Buggs narrows transfer choices to 3 schools

By Stephen Tsai on April 22, 2020

Describing it as the “hardest” move he has had to make, point guard Drew Buggs finalized his decision to leave the Hawaii basketball team. Buggs, who entered the NCAA transfer portal in March, said he has narrowed his next school to Iowa State, Missouri or Loyola Marymount. Iowa State is where his parents met. Buggs said he hopes to make a decision this weekend. I just want to say my thank you The University of Hawai’i. I was blessed to […]