Cassel is in the QB mix

The newcomer is feeling at home.

Kolney Cassel, who enrolled at UH last month as a graduate transfer from Sacramento State, remains in the mix at quarterback. This training camp, each candidate has taken a turn in the front of the rotation. Today, it was Cassel’s turn to take the first reps of each drill.

Cassel began his collegiate career at SMU, playing in June Jones’ run-and-shoot offense. But his stints there and at Sac State were interrupted by three surgeries to his right (throwing) arm — an operation in 2015 and two in 2016.

“It’s been tough having surgeries, especially in this offense, and coming back and throwing,” said Cassel, who estimates the QBs make about 100-plus throws each practice.

But he said resting last season — he helped tutor the Sac State QBs — and daily ice treatments and massages have refreshed his arm.

“I’ve been in this offense before with June,” Cassel said. “I know where to go. It’s a matter of getting in sync with the guys.”


  1. tommui August 6, 2018 12:38 pm


  2. PONO August 6, 2018 1:35 pm

    Cassel is an intriguing prospect. He might have the most experience with the RnS at the collegiate level.

  3. Stephen Tsai August 6, 2018 2:11 pm

    He appears to be the forgotten man. Cole McDonald is the experienced guy, and Jeremy Moussa and Chevan Cordeiro are the heralded freshmen. But Cassel has a lively arm and good command of the offense.

  4. DaveLetterMan August 6, 2018 3:20 pm

    Howzit Tsaikos!
    As a one and done with a “good command of the offense” it might be a good idea to start with Cassel and let the younger QBs learn the offense without pressure. Just have to see if Cassel is consistent on a daily basis.

  5. H-Man August 6, 2018 3:32 pm

    From the photo, Cassel appears a bit thin, I suppose he was unable to spend much time with the weights the past two years due to injury. Having said that, I thought he had a good practice on Saturday. The area that seemed to need a lot of work is the running game. The D simply shut them down. Well, except for Furuta, but most of the time, the speed backs were stuffed at the line. So now that practice is closed, it will all be a surprise as to who starts and what plays will work. Kinda like grab bag or as Forest Gump said in referring to a box of chocolates, “You never know what you’re gonna get.”

  6. kalua pig August 6, 2018 3:51 pm

    the defense may be the biggest surprise of this season. the pieces are there.

  7. Inyoface August 6, 2018 4:56 pm

    I noticed when the defense holds the opponent for a series of plays they get disheartened when the offense doesn’t score and they let up a td probably from pure exhaustion. Hopefully the offense can score more points next year even if it’s field goals. Give the defense something to play for.

  8. NotNasti August 6, 2018 5:43 pm

    Kolney Cassel, just his face, a quick glance. Tony Romo?

  9. seewhy August 6, 2018 6:01 pm

    RE: #5

    I agree with you H-Man. Furuta looks the most ready.

  10. Stephen Tsai August 6, 2018 7:14 pm

    Furuta appears to be beastly, as the young’uns like to say.

  11. clyde August 6, 2018 7:23 pm

    #10: He owes it all to his judo sensei in high school.

  12. Casual Observer August 6, 2018 10:11 pm

    Does anyone know why A. Trifonovitch is not punting despite receiving a scholarship for same? According to his Bio in the UH rosters, he averaged 47.8 yards as a senior at Punahou. S. Gaudion averaged 42.8 yards last season.

  13. seewhy August 6, 2018 10:22 pm

    #11: Mililani Seidokan!

  14. Da Punchbowl Kid August 7, 2018 3:04 am

    Mahalo for the practice updates. Very excited to see what we have on the field that first game.

  15. Paniolo August 7, 2018 5:59 am

    Since were talking Warrior Quarterbacks, I sometime wonder about the Run and Shoot quarterbacks coming out of our local St. Louis High School Crusaders. Marcus Mariota, Tua (Alabama) both crusaders went on to become great quarterbacks – Marcus in the NFL and Tua guiding Alabama to another championship.
    My question is, Chevan Cordeiro that latest Run and Shoot quarterback from St. Louis, do you think he has the “same skillfull athlete” as Marcus and Tua? Or does Chevan more closely to another former St. Louis and Warrior quarterback Timmy chang?
    If Chevan is in the successful skillfull talent class as Marcus and Tua, our Warrior football team is in for some great years ahead.

  16. islandman August 7, 2018 8:03 am

    We have so many kickers on this team. Say only one is the FG / PAT kicker. That leaves 4 kickers not doing anything much unless one of those does the kickoffs.

  17. Bulla August 7, 2018 8:47 am

    When is the Green and White game? Mahalo for your kokua

  18. Sangamon Keith August 7, 2018 9:55 am

    #12 it’s probably hang time rather than distance … but also may reflect versatility in skill with different types of punts.

  19. suckkabooya August 7, 2018 9:59 am

    Kind of disappointed to hear about the running game difficulties. Seems that power backs fare better (as runners) in this offense which is surprising. Leon Wright-Jackson was a non power back who did okay in this offense. Brewster and Bass were electric (and small) and somewhat effective. Alex Green had power without the bulk and was great. Daniel Libre made plays despite being a little undersized. It’s the runners who have to figure it out (more than the scheme) but they can do it. Lots of potential with this group of backs. All different skillsets so it’s a very versatile group, they just need to figure it out then 8 or 9 yards per carry is possible for any of them. Maybe Heffernan could employ a Judoka part time.

  20. PONO August 7, 2018 10:06 am

    McDonald has limited game experience and has just as much RnS experience as Moussa since he enrolled early. Kassel probably has the most experience running the offense in practices at SMU. IMO McDonald is the least experienced in the RnS. His previous experience in the RPO won’t help much.

  21. Stephen Tsai August 7, 2018 10:40 am

    New post:

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