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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Warrior Beat: Hawaii football graduate assistant impressed

By Stephen Tsai on May 7, 2019

It’s UH’s final-exam week, but Rafael Aguilar already has earned high marks for his football work this spring. Aguilar was hired as a graduate assistant to replace Numi Lolohea, who joined Tennessee as a GA. “We were worried about the timing of losing Numi, but we were really blessed to get Rafael,” defensive coordinator Corey Batoon said. Aguilar coached on both sides of the line at American River College. In 2018, he was ARC’s assistant offensive line coach/offensive and special […]

Warrior Beat: Hawaii football recruiting, addition, camps

By Stephen Tsai on May 6, 2019

It’s final exam week, but the work still continues to for the Warriors. The coaches are on the mainland to evaluate football prospects and meet with their coaches, counselors and teachers. The UH coaches already have visited local high schools, and will make their second — and third — tours during this evaluation period. Per NCAA rule, the head coach is restricted from making these evaluation visits to schools. * * * * * * Congrats to Meredith and Jacob […]

Warrior Beat: Hawaii football’s Max Hendrie to medically retire

By Stephen Tsai on May 3, 2019

Defensive end Max Hendrie is expected to medically retire from the UH football team. The status means Hendrie would remain on scholarship, but would be ineligible to play for the Warriors. Hendrie, who was born and reared in Sydney, was listed as a defensive end in the Warriors’ four-man front. He redshirted in 2016. He played in nine games in 2017, recording 13 tackles as a reserve end and on special teams. Last year, Hendrie played in 13 games. Two […]

Warrior Beat: Hawaii football will make 5 national-TV appearances

By Stephen Tsai on May 2, 2019

The Warriors will appear on national television five times during this coming season, according to the Mountain West. The season opener and regular-season finale are among the games that will reach national audiences. > Aug. 24: Arizona — CBS Sports Network > Sept. 28: At Nevada — ESPN network > Oct. 12: At Boise State — ESPN network > Oct. 19: Air Force — CBS Sports Network > Nov. 30: Army — CBS Sports Network Spectrum Sports will show the […]

Warrior Beat: Hawaii football’s lessons as spring ball closes

By Stephen Tsai on April 28, 2019

When statuesque models in outlandish getups walk the runway, the question usually is: Who would buy such outfits? The answer, of course, is nobody. Fashion shows are about material, colors, symmetry staged in exaggerated forms. And so it was with the Warriors’ spring game, which was set to a circus theme. The sideshows and characters were for entertainment. The purpose of the 90-play game was to determine the Warriors’ fabric. And here’s what we learned exiting spring training: > Depth: […]

Hawaii Football: Detroit Lions pick Jahlani Tavai in 2nd round of NFL Draft

By Stephen Tsai on April 26, 2019

The Detroit Lions today selected former Hawaii linebacker Jahlani Tavai in the second round of the NFL Draft. As the 43rd overall selection, Tavai ties for the third-highest pick for a former UH player. Ashley Lelie was picked in the first round, 19th overall, by the Denver Broncos in 2002. The Tennessee Titans picked Travis LaBoy in the second round, 42nd overall, in 2004. In 2003, Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa was picked at No. 43 by the St. Louis Rams. Running […]

Warrior Beat: Hawaii football workouts done, spring game on deck

By Stephen Tsai on April 25, 2019

The Warriors held their final full spring football practice today. There will be a light walk-through session on Friday afternoon. The spring game is set Saturday, with the circus-themed event beginning at 4 p.m. at the Ching Athletic Complex. Unlike previous years, this spring game will match two full teams — Mauka (first-team offense, second-team defense) vs. Makai (first-team defense, second-team offense). The game — four quarters of running time — should answer some depth-chart questions. Maybe. The past week, […]

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 […]