‘Bows in the Pros: Hawaii football alum John Ursua makes Seahawks roster

John Ursua flashed shakas during a drill on July 25 at the Seahawks' practice facility. / Associated Press photo by Ted S. Warren

No news was good news for former University of Hawaii football player John Ursua.

By not being alerted by today’s 10 a.m. deadline to pare NFL rosters, Ursua has made the Seattle Seahawks’ opening-day 53-man roster.

“The process is different,” Ursua told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Stephen Tsai in a telephone interview. “It’s opposite the draft. You don’t want to receive a phone call. If you receive a phone call, then you’re cut. They let you know by not letting you know.”

But 30 minutes after the deadline, Ursua received congratulatory texts.

“It’s official,” Ursua said.

Ursua had decided to relinquish his senior season at UH to apply for the 2019 NFL Draft. The Seahawks traded a 2020 pick for the seventh-round spot used to select Ursua this year.

Ursua was used in the slot, where he played for the Rainbow Warriors, and wideout in the Seahawks’ preseason games.

“I try not to be one-dimensional,” Ursua said. “I want to do it all.”

Ursua grew up on Hawaii island before before moving to Utah for the start of his sophomore year of high school. He attended three high schools in Utah, including two as a senior, before working for a year and then going on a two-year church mission in Paris.

“I’m extremely blessed,” Ursua said of making an NFL roster. “It’s a huge accomplishment for me. I have this opportunity they’re giving me, this chance to prove myself. I was a later draft pick. You’re always on the bubble when you’re a later pick. To have this opportunity is super cool.”

In other notes around the league:

>> Former UH safety Trayvon Henderson was among the players released by the Cincinnati Bengals today.

>> Former UH offensive lineman Dejon Allen was cut by the Green Bay Packers on Friday after signing two days earlier. He played in the Packers’ preseason finale against Kansas City on Thursday.


  1. SteveM August 31, 2019 8:01 pm

    Congrats to John Ursua!

  2. Andrew August 31, 2019 8:24 pm

    Pretty strong showing by the MWC. 9-3 in the first week and 4 of those wins against Power 5 opponents.

  3. Bigwave96744 August 31, 2019 9:49 pm

    Jahlani Tavai looks to have also made the cut, per

  4. Da Punchbowl Kid August 31, 2019 9:58 pm

    EXCELLENT!!! Phase Two rolls on!


  5. NorthShoreFan August 31, 2019 11:05 pm

    Great news for the Warriors!
    MWC teams did very well. Fresno played USC tight all game. They will be tough to handle.

  6. ADG September 1, 2019 5:52 am

    Congratulations Ursua, Hawaii Nation and all the fans knew you would make it per your hard work and up bringing by your amazing parents. As a dad myself, I will install a hard work ethic for my son. (A future Hawaii Warrior 😉)

  7. cappie the dog September 1, 2019 7:07 am

    Josh Ursua joins the very exclusive Jeff Sydner club. I was 99% sure that Ursua would make a NFL roster. Other than Hawaii and SD baseball, I don’t root for teams anymore, only players with Hawaii-affiliations.

    Knew you could do it, Ursua.

  8. A-House September 1, 2019 9:17 am

    my only regret about Ursua is that the 49ers did not draft him.

    congratulations to Ursua — play well even against the 49ers, but Niners must win!!!

  9. boolakanaka September 1, 2019 9:18 am

    Word on the street is Trayvon should be on Cincys practice squad…

  10. NorthShoreFan September 1, 2019 9:21 am

    On to OSU…How to play them? How to defend? Gonna be a good week.

  11. burro sabio September 1, 2019 10:42 am

    CtD, David Freitas called up by Milwaukee.

  12. Maddog50 September 1, 2019 12:42 pm

    Much anticipated week ahead. The Beavers-former coaches former player and a few local players. Should be an interesting week and game. Questions going in Levao, Pritchard, and Akoteau. Can’t think of any others. I expect a similar slow snap approach to keep control of the ball. Clearly OSU run game is their strength. After Cowboy game honestly feel we can get to this Qb better than they did/

  13. 808warriorfan September 1, 2019 1:14 pm

    Bummer … Leo Kolomatangi was cut by the Lions …

  14. sackkabooya September 1, 2019 1:49 pm

    Yes. Agree with Maddog. Pass rush out of the base package will be the key. That back can beat you to the openings so I think UH needs to be balanced. Passes look timing based. Real important to scheme right vs this offense. Oregon St’s OT’s looked okay. If they do try to go deep Padello can bother them for sure. Padello got held a lot (no calls, even by the horse collar once and one time held via “guillotine” choke) vs Arizona but OSU’s OT’s look a little quicker. Interesting match-up outside. Taala and Hune need to hold the “point” and stuff the middle as well so Batoon can press. Should be interesting. Can do.

  15. Maddog50 September 1, 2019 3:01 pm

    The LT #68 is Brandon Kipper UH transfer. Hope he has a long day

  16. Maddog50 September 1, 2019 4:51 pm

    Kipper is the right tackle

  17. Kawika September 1, 2019 5:13 pm

    Kipper had 2 false starts vs OK St. Saw many of the Beaver players “laughing” on the sidelines as the game wore on vs OK St. Really? OSU is looking at a win over Hawaii as the cure to right their ills. We’ll see.

  18. ai-eee-soos September 2, 2019 10:21 am

    Cedric Byrd MWC Offensive Player of the Week,

    per ST’s column.


  19. Boolakanaka September 2, 2019 10:48 am

    Read where the bows are favored by 5 this week?!

  20. ai-eee-eoos September 2, 2019 11:17 am

    Yup – Home team is -5.

    undah / ovah stay 77 to 79.

    CHANCE UM !!!

  21. ai-eee-soos September 2, 2019 11:21 am

    who da guy ai-eee-eoos ?

  22. Boolakanaka September 2, 2019 12:39 pm

    I like da unda….

  23. cappie the dog September 2, 2019 2:09 pm

    burro sabio: Your name doesn’t work as an acronym. Still waiting for the Kean Wong call-up. So, so reminiscent of Marge Schott and Joey Vierra. Wong was the MVP in last year’s AAA all-star game. Sure, he struck out over 100 times this season but he’s batting .300+. Trade him, Tampa.

  24. azwarrior22 September 2, 2019 4:00 pm

    Went to Dbacks game today and saw 2 ex-Bows in action. Josh Rojas batted 2nd for the Dbacks and went 4-5. Greg Garcia came in later at SS for the Padres.

    Go Warriors !

  25. burro sabio September 2, 2019 8:45 pm

    CtD, some would say that my name works perfectly as an acronym.

    Agree, Kean won’t make the bigs with Tampa, needs to go somewhere else.

  26. islandman September 3, 2019 7:50 am

    UH received votes (3) in Coaches Poll.

  27. clyde September 3, 2019 8:21 am

    islandman: Perhaps, Kevin Sumlin voted Hawaii at No. 23?

  28. Andrew September 3, 2019 10:12 am

    Again both ESPN analysts have UH going to the Arizona bowl and BYU going to the Hawaii bowl….I can’t imagine a scenario where that would actually happen

    SoFi Hawai’i Bowl
    Aloha Stadium, Honolulu
    Dec. 24, 8 p.m., ESPN
    Bonagura: BYU vs. SMU
    Schlabach: BYU vs. Navy

    NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl
    Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona
    Dec. 31, 4:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network
    Bonagura: Hawaii vs. Georgia Southern
    Schlabach: Hawaii vs. Arkansas State

  29. Maddog50 September 3, 2019 11:15 am

    Don’t care about point spreads projections etc. want to carpet bomb the Beavers-McDonald, ward Byrd Sharsh et al. Just blow these guys back to Corvallis!

  30. sackkabooya September 3, 2019 12:00 pm

    When Arizona was balanced defensively in the first quarter Cole was given a clean pocket often and could throw anywhere he wanted to. Pryor and Manning were exceptional. Manning’s footwork and balance is unreal. Just stayed in front of his guy easily. Pryor looked real burly and more powerful in comparison but at maybe 3/4 the quickness. So a lot his match-ups went backwards (muscled his guy outside of rushing lane) or straight to the ground. Furuta was terrific in protection too. easily handled the free rusher.

    Arizona later changed their pressure scheme to “flood” (over load) from the edges. I don’t think that was part of the initial game plan but they had to take away the deep passes. It did bother McDonald a little but left huge open running spaces for draws and quick hitting runs. The RB’s just had to break the first tackle and then 10 to 15 yards. They got over excited and fumbled. Too bad. Final score could have been maybe 59-31 without the fumbles.

    I think Oregon St will want to take away the middle and deep and make McDonald throw short passes. He seems to be not as good at that. So pressure will from angles where McDonald can’t see it (outside) rather than from the front, mainly because of Furuta. Will be interesting matchup and an important “test” that this team (and Fan Base) needs to pass in the Phase II process. Can do.

  31. Stephen Tsai September 3, 2019 12:38 pm

    New post: https://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=50900

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