Collie will be missed

The Warriors will have another puka to fill following slotback Dylan Collie’s surprise announcement that he will transfer after his graduation in May and play his senior season for another school.

John Ursua should be fully recovered from an ACL injury to reclaim the No. 1 slotback’s job. But the Warriors are projected to use more double-slot concepts this season. Ursua and Collie were an impactful 1-2 combo when they were in the same lineup last season. Just like a past dynamic duo — slotbacks Greg Salas and Kealoha Pilares in 2010 — Ursua and Collie excelled in using routes to create openings for each other. Collie also has been an option as a wideout.

Davine Tullis and JC transfer Cedric Byrd are the logical top candidates to replace Collie. Tristan Kamaka also was impressive as a scout receiver while redshirting last year.

What will be missed is Collie’s enthusiasm, grittiness and accountability. When he endured a series of drops in 2015, he manned up, took responsibility and vowed to improve. After losses, he provided honest assessments. Most of all, Collie is a good guy.


  1. H-Man January 17, 2018 8:25 am

    Good luck to Dylan and his wife. Fair sailing.

  2. H-Man January 17, 2018 8:44 am

    Did Tristan Nichols de-commit?

  3. roygbivs January 17, 2018 9:23 am

    Mahalos to da Collies’!!

    Next player up. I love college athletics!!

  4. islandman January 17, 2018 9:34 am

    Rolovich plans to move more towards the Run and shoot per his comments on Bobby’s show and will be more involved with the offense.
    But he warned it is a high risk, high reward type of offense.
    I think he said spring practice will start March 21 with a minicamp.

  5. Coach DB January 17, 2018 9:52 am

    The Washington State QB Hilinski was DB Zach Wilson’s quarterback at Upland high school.

  6. seewhy January 17, 2018 10:33 am

    Thank you for your service, Dylan. Best of luck to you and your family.

  7. Inyoface January 17, 2018 10:43 am

    The run and shoot would be cool if it incorporates a bit more running. The RPO was hard to watch at times.

  8. A-House January 17, 2018 11:25 am

    moving more into the RnS, if successful, will change recruiting needs from 2019 class

    OL blocking schemes will also change

    UH was very fortunate to have 4 WR in 2007 that each had more than 1000 yds receiving yards — wishful thinking that that can be replicated

  9. A-House January 17, 2018 11:32 am

    does Rolo’s change of offense include Brian Smith as the OC?

    wish Rolo’s new schemes allow more use of his TEs.

    like a TE in the “slot” position — ala Patriots!

  10. A-House January 17, 2018 11:45 am

    A-House family sends our best wishes to Dlyan and his family as they continue on their journey!

  11. A-House January 17, 2018 11:51 am


    from your prior post — Mrs. no like be “cuddly” sleeping

  12. Duster January 17, 2018 12:01 pm

    I really appreciated Dylan’s heart, effort and grit. Best wishes and success in the next chapter for him and his family.

  13. Da Punchbowl Kid January 17, 2018 12:20 pm

    Mahalo and aloha, Dylan!

    Love that RnS!

  14. islandman January 17, 2018 12:41 pm

    7 . If you like UCF’s
    offense, it is a run first offense..

  15. Ipu Man January 17, 2018 3:45 pm

    Hope Dylan Collie does not play for UH opposition.
    But I do hope he goes to a big name school and
    turns NFL scouts’ heads. Which school would be
    good for him? UCLA? Wisconsin? Arizona?

  16. kahuna January 17, 2018 3:56 pm

    If UH does go to more RnS, they are going to need receivers with more quickness and speed. Dylan is a possession receiver and might have a hard time cracking the lineup. Ursua, Noa and Cedric Byrd make for a dynamic trio if you ask me. All three have ability to take it to the house on any play and all have YAC ability.

  17. Boolakanaka January 17, 2018 3:58 pm

    I expect him to be in either Utah or Idaho schools. I’m rather certain he would not crack the rotation at UCLA or Wisconsin. I wish him the best…

  18. Puhi January 17, 2018 6:03 pm

    Maybe if a receiver that drops half of his passes looks like heʻs trying to graduate before his senior year, we shouldnʻt bet our future on him and put someone else in to gain the experience.

  19. Old School Dave January 17, 2018 6:12 pm

    Happy days are here again:

    “Going to da Run-N-Shoot is the best for UH cause get choke 5 ft 4 135 lbs. local high school players that can run circles around lumbering LBs and Safeties.”

    “You know that the Run-N-Shoot nearly won a national championship under June Jones.”


    Best of luck to Dylan Collie. He could easily play at a Weber State or EWU, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up at a P5 school like Utah (much to the chagrin of critics).

  20. islandman January 17, 2018 7:22 pm

    19. But not around quicker LB’s, safeties, and DE’s such as in Sugar Bowl 2008.
    UH did have 311 yds Passing, 142 by Graunke. Minus 15 rushing yards, Colt was sacked 8 times, threw 3 INT’s and lost 2 fumbles.
    Nick said today that unless the Run and Shoot is played at a high level, it could get ugly.
    He said you need good OL men. But we don’t play Georgia too often.

  21. winning January 17, 2018 7:54 pm

    Barring key injuries, calculated risks can bring great rewards. Like 6-6 instead of 3-9 at least. If we don’t try to risk a little then we will gain very little cause we will not knock everyone off their feet with brute power and speed. Lets not become like the last regime.

  22. winning January 17, 2018 8:05 pm

    To #20 islandman: 2007 QB was not in his right mind. ask some of the insiders and they ‘ll know. Just too bad!! Nuff said.

  23. aaron January 17, 2018 8:09 pm

    you cannot use the sugar bowl as evidence of anything because the team did not show up to play.

  24. islandman January 17, 2018 8:32 pm

    23. Can you use it to show you need some balance or a measure of effective running to be more competitive ? In that game, UH passed about 76 % of its plays.

  25. NorthshoreFan January 17, 2018 8:32 pm

    Guud Evening Tsaikos…..Bootiful Evening
    Aloha Dylan and Best Wishes wherever you go.
    I watched practice during his freshman year and thought he had stickum on his fingers. Made some impressive catches.
    Great addition to whichever program he goes to.

  26. Rodney January 17, 2018 10:41 pm

    Right offense R n S
    Wrong OC for it.
    Ron Lee,Vinnie Passes
    and reciever coaches at
    Saint Louis are what’s needed.
    Don’t believe it will work with
    current staff.

  27. H-Man January 18, 2018 1:59 am

    On Collie, BYU makes sense.
    On the RnS, the QB is key. It’s a real gamble, but I suppose Rolo is desperate to improve on 22.8 ppg in 2017.

  28. cappie the dog January 18, 2018 5:02 am

    I just hope it’s a FBS school.

    I would find it depressing if a full-time, not part-time player, prefers to drop down a level rather than play at the highest level.

    If you’re a bench warmer, sure, you just want to get on the field.

    FBS Utah schools, or New Mexico State.

  29. Kifi January 18, 2018 5:17 am

    I don’t know why everyone is getting so excited about running the Run & Shoot? What was wrong with the offensive system that was in place for the last two years. I thought the offense was a great one. Can someone please explain to me what was wrong with the offense that we have been running for the past two years?

  30. LAN January 18, 2018 6:35 am

    I agree with “Puhi”, all the passes that was dropped cost us wins. Time to move on…run and shoot returns…suits Hawaii the best…gives us a chance to win no matter who the opponent. Player’s don’t have to be 4 star guy’s…protect and move the chains…up tempo best for UH.

  31. Ipu Man January 18, 2018 6:40 am

    In the Sugar Bowl, when UH “walked” out of the tunnel
    holding hands, dressed in what looked like long underwear,
    I knew we were in trouble from the very beginning.
    Hope never again to see unis like that…

  32. Kifi January 18, 2018 6:54 am

    Total Offense – 63
    Rushing Offense – 60
    Passing Offense – 63
    Scoring Offense – 105
    3rd Down % – 82
    Red Zone % – 123
    Rushing Att. – 420 (49.8%)
    Total Yds Rushing – 2018 (42%)
    Passing Att. – 423 (50.2%)
    Total Yds Passing – 2814 (58%)

    Total Defense – 114
    Rushing Defense – 110
    Passing Defense – 98
    Scoring Defense – 106
    3rd Down % – 125
    Red Zone %- 36

    Change the defense. Keep the offense and make a few adjustments.

  33. islandman January 18, 2018 7:47 am

    31. Scoring offense, 18.9 pts per game, in Mountain West games was No. 11 out of 12 MW teams.
    Also, the #105 in scoring offense is out of 129 total schools.
    That shows something is missing. Part could be the QB did not make the scoring plays enough.
    Story today indicates Nick will be calling the plays.

  34. turfwar January 18, 2018 7:49 am

    I really don’t care what offense they choose just win.

  35. Tempmanoa January 18, 2018 7:57 am

    You can run the ball in the run and shoot. We had a 1,000 yard rusher in Green when Rolo last ran it and Moniz ran for good yardage from QB. I think we had more JJ running backs in the NFL than recivers— Nate Ilaoa; Green; “the running back who slept in his car”—forgot his name; and the big guy who did the video running through dry wall (forgot his name too)—four running backs. Would love to see another Nate Ilaoa

  36. Maddog50 January 18, 2018 8:06 am

    Really happy with the newly appointed staff and the recruiting class so far. Announcing the new offensive approach is also welcome. You can debate whether or not this will be effective, but I believe it will. Key to this coming season is bolstering the defense and as stated “we will attack”. I prefer the approach to attack and stop a gain rather than be overly aggressive and try to create a loss. One thing I sure of you will get pressure off the edge. If Coach Batoon can create the funneling or contain effect we will be much more successful. We were really burned by QBs extending plays consistently. One last thing wish Dylan Collie good luck in the future-strange that he would choose to announce this the same day a lot of fans were anxious to hear about new staff-GoWarriors!!!

  37. Inyoface January 18, 2018 8:21 am

    Run and shooots cuzz!

  38. Inyoface January 18, 2018 8:25 am

    Some say the RNS is for lower talented player but I disagree. With the RNS we won more games which made recruiting better which put more players in the NFL even on defense during the June Jones days.

  39. islandman January 18, 2018 8:30 am

    34. But you need the RB to be a very good blocker, per a radio commentator. So that means you may miss out on having a Paul Harris,1,000 yard rusher.
    35. Good point. I think we tried to get a loss last year, then missed the ball carrier and opened up holes. A radio commentator was wanting an attacking defense but it has limits.

  40. madeinhawaii January 18, 2018 8:35 am

    Alex Green went over 1000 yds during our RnS days.
    Nate Ilaoa didn’t go over 1000 yds is that those little shovel passes weren’t considered running plays.

  41. islandman January 18, 2018 8:55 am

    37. You need good talent for the R n S like a Colt, Nick,Lelie, Grice- Mullen, Bess, etc.
    39. But you won’t be able to see a Paul Harris type much, if he can’t block too good.

  42. H-Man January 18, 2018 9:08 am

    Hawaii has to improve on scoring defense. Allowed 33.9 ppg in 2017. So while Rolo is looking to the R n S to improve the offense, focus for improvement is really on the defensive side. I think he will get that done with the new D coaches and D players, especially the DEs that were recruited,

  43. islandman January 18, 2018 9:36 am

    41. In 2016, UH allowed 37.3 pts per game. In 2010, the good year, UH allowed 25.5, which is more than 3 TD’s.
    NIck said he is investing in the defense with 5 defensive coaches ( 4 offensive and one special teams ).

  44. Bogeywarrior January 18, 2018 9:43 am

    Rolo keeping Special Teams coach Mayur?
    Thought he’d be gone.

  45. winning January 18, 2018 10:19 am

    That RB that slept in his car wasn’t Green I believe. It was the guy that went to the NFL and played for New Orleans.
    Forgot his name darn it!

  46. RB January 18, 2018 10:24 am

    James Fenderson a Mililani graduate is the guy who slept in the car.

  47. A-House January 18, 2018 10:56 am

    I can see it now — 2 6’5″ slot receivers with 2 5’11” WR on the outside

    go Rolo!!!!!!!!!

  48. kahuna January 18, 2018 11:11 am

    Yeah…James Fenderson was the guy who slept in his car and I believe the other guy you talking about is Regan Mauia. Dude was one of the most nasty blockers ever had. JJ was saying that Mauia was such a nasty blocker at UH , that when the defender reached him, they pull up instead of taking him head on. Could use someone like him in the backfield. Maybe Hekili Keliilike could be that guy. Hekili can run and have a mean streak(also played DE and was a good one in HS). I believe he was 220lbs coming into UH. He could add a few pounds and be a 235lb power back with speed and power.

  49. Stephen Tsai January 18, 2018 11:35 am

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