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: Friday Hawaii football notes

By Stephen Tsai on August 30, 2019

Football pool takes on a different meaning today with the Warriors’ training at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex. It was a refreshing change for the Warriors, who already conducted three two-hour practices during this bye week. * * * * * A ruling on offensive lineman Michael Eletise‘s eligibility for this season is now back in the NCAA’s jurisdiction. Eletise transferred from Arizona this summer. He requested a waiver that would allow him to play this season without redshirting. Arizona […]

Governor’s Ball: Hawaii football team practices at Farrington High

By Stephen Tsai on August 29, 2019

There were two explanations as to why the Hawaii football team practiced at Farrington High’s Edward “Skippa” Diaz Stadium this morning: 1. The Warriors wanted to rest their grass practice field, which has been chewed up with rain and heavy use. 2. “We needed to find out where that mana came from on that last play,” head coach Nick Rolovich said, a reference to defensive lineman Pumba Williams‘ 35-yard sprint to help tackle Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate a yard short […]

Oregon State transfer Tufaga practices with Hawaii football team

By Stephen Tsai on August 28, 2019

On a bye week, the Warriors welcomed Isaiah Tufaga, a former All-State football player from Saint Louis School. A week ago, Tufaga announced on Twitter he was transferring from Oregon State. Yesterday, Tufaga went through the drills with a helmet. Today, Tufaga was in shoulder pads. He is likely to redshirt this year in accordance with NCAA transfer rules. >> UH FOOTBALL PRACTICE PHOTO GALLERY AUG. 28 “It was good to put the pads back on and get a feel […]

Hawaii football’s Pumba Williams made a name for himself

By Stephen Tsai on August 27, 2019

Even before he was born, Manly Williams would be known as “Pumba,” a nickname his older brother chose from “The Lion King.” Growing up, Williams said, “the only people who called me Manly were my mom, my grandpa and my teachers.” After making a tandem tackle to seal the Warriors’ 45-38 victory over Arizona this past weekend, Williams is a household name. Several teams — including Clemson, Georgia, the San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Bills — used the video clip […]

Warrior Beat: Egg-cellent outcome for Hawaii football

By Stephen Tsai on August 26, 2019

To the victors go … the omelets. In what has become a protein-filled tradition, the Monday after each football victory, the Warriors are treated to an omelet of their choice at the training-table breakfast. (All student-athletes eligible for training table also are allowed to partake in the omelets.) That was the case this morning when omelets were served in addition to the usual buffet of scrambled eggs, various meats and poultry, fruits, vegetables, and so forth. Following Saturday’s victory over […]

Warrior Beat: Manly effort sealed Hawaii football’s victory

By Stephen Tsai on August 25, 2019

It was 33 years ago when Corey Batoon and Manly Williams were Saint Louis School teammates. Batoon was a quick and tough defensive back. Williams was a dynamic linebacker who was equally remembered for mowing down opponents on special teams. Batoon, now UH’s defensive coordinator, said his former teammate’s nephew — also named Manly Williams, but answers to Pumba — has the same appreciation for the sport. >> HAWAII VS. ARIZONA PHOTO GALLERY “I know how important football is to […]

Live football blog: Hawaii vs. Arizona

By Stephen Tsai on August 24, 2019

Hawaii holds on for 45-38 lead when Kalen Hicks and Pumba Williams tackle Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate a yard short of the end zone as time expires. * * * * * 8 p.m. — The Wildcats cut their deficit when Luke Havrisik nailed a 53-yard field goal with 3:53 to play. It actually started as a 38-yard attempt, but three consecutive penalties against the Wildcats lengthened the distance. * * * * * 7:49 p.m. — Chevan Cordeiro fires […]

Hawaii athletics: Compliance officer Richard Greene heading to Auburn

By Stephen Tsai on August 23, 2019

Sometimes, it seems Richard Greene is everywhere. He’s at UH football practices at 7 in the morning and basketball practices at 3. He’s at the Nagatani Center all day. At Les Murakami Stadium, that scoreboard often is being run by … well, Rich. And then when it’s 9:50 on a Thursday morning, and there’s Rich at Ala Moana Center’s Satellite City Hall, you realize, he is everywhere. Especially since an hour-long coffee hour in his honor started at 9 a.m. […]