Filling the slots

The vision was to have slotbacks Dylan Collie and John Ursua zig-zagging through defenses in the Warriors’ revival of the run-and-shoot offense.

Collie’s decision to transfer after he graduates this May — he visited BYU last weekend and is set to visit Vanderbilt next month — alters but does not dim the enthusiasm.

According to people in the know, Kumoku Noa, who will be a third-year sophomore in the fall, is challenging for that open slot position. Noa reportedly has gained weight and nearly doubled his back-squat total since the end of the 2017 season. Both gains are important because slots’ routes often come into contact with physical safeties, nickels and outside linebackers. UH’s last successful slot duo — Greg Salas and Kealoha Pilares in 2010 — were both tough pass catchers and blockers.

Spring practice opens March 21.


  1. tom mui February 17, 2018 8:25 am


  2. Maddig50 February 17, 2018 8:26 am

    Looking forward to young Noa making strides and big contributions!

  3. Maddog50 February 17, 2018 8:28 am


  4. A-House February 17, 2018 8:29 am

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  5. A-House February 17, 2018 8:31 am


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  6. Maddog50 February 17, 2018 8:39 am

    My post got moderated cause I could not get my own name right! Looking forward to young Noa making strides and big contributions! GoWarriors!

  7. Da Punchbowl Kid February 17, 2018 9:36 am

    We have the tools – players and coaches – to make the RnS work. It will be exciting to watch, can’t wait til spring.


  8. Da Punchbowl Kid February 17, 2018 9:37 am

    Good Morning, Tom, A-house and Maddog!

  9. Maddog50 February 17, 2018 11:20 am

    Good afternoon FPK! Snowing and 33 here! Next week calls for 40 plus days! Out of the woods again! Get to watch MBB tonite at 9:30! GoWarriors-

  10. Maddog50 February 17, 2018 11:21 am

    Should be DPK!

  11. Bryson February 17, 2018 11:45 am

    As great of a person as Collie is, he dropped alot of passes during his time here so as sad as it is to see depth and experience take a hit i think our receiving corps will be just fine, we have alot of talented young men waiting in the wings, I’m really excited to see Stallworth get his shot

  12. Luki February 17, 2018 11:55 am

    How will TE’s on roster be utilized? Lined up in slot like Gronk/Kelce? Like an H-Back?

  13. KOH I NOR February 17, 2018 12:04 pm

    Happy for Dylan Collie. Did the 2018 schedule come out already?

    Make your predictions. 7-5 record. Losses, Boise state, Fresno State, San Diego State, UNLV, Colorado State. If on sschedule. Wins, Navy, Army, Rice, …5 more wins. Not sure who the rest are. Nevada, Utah State, San Jose State, Wyoming, (another FCS team).

  14. suckkabooya February 17, 2018 12:42 pm

    Just making the catch was one of the major problems last year, especially after Ursua’s injury. Sometimes the pass was good but the ball was just plain dropped or at times the ball wasn’t caught when it seemed to be a catchable (albeit difficult) imperfect pass. I kind of want to blame the receivers coach there (maybe the receivers were too engrossed on running the right route over finishing the catch) but at least that position coach was (in my opinion) better than his young predecessor. At that time the most reliable receiver was Camanse-Stevens (at making and securing catches) which caused his rise up the depth chart. Guys who can catch will play more. Ursua has remarkable physical tools (I hope it’s still in tact) and Kumoku Noa has developed this weird (it’s uncanny in my opinion) instinct to get open and find separation in tight spaces sideline to hash mark (not as much over the middle like Ursua yet, maybe he was still a little fragile for that). But you could see potential in both of them because of the catching ability. They got quick guys (Byrd, Reed) physical guys (Timoteo, Laulu) big targets (Greeley, Torres) and the scout guy they’re high on (Kamaka, Leeth) so the possible combinations are endless, they just have to work on securing the catch better than those previous years corps. Oh, and from what I understand be ready to do a lot of running too. It is gonna be exciting to see. The Good Old Days of the Run and Shoot. Wow!

  15. suckkabooya February 17, 2018 1:09 pm

    Regarding Superstar Advertiser as per yesterdays post.

    Your #18 post may or may not be right, is up to you whatever your opinion is. But the #17 post was so disrespectful and unnecessary. No need to do that.

  16. Rodney February 17, 2018 1:10 pm

    Any Top JC slots that used the R n S
    Checking JC stats Coaches?

  17. Rodney February 17, 2018 1:13 pm

    Minnesota west R Colston reciever??

  18. Akamai Okole February 17, 2018 1:22 pm

    Great Afternoon All!

    WTG BaseBows!

    Line it up…Do it again!

  19. boolakanaka February 17, 2018 1:31 pm

    10- couldn’t agree more, both as he a quality young man and that he was fairly unreliable last year. I actually think from what I saw at the tail end of last year, Noa is more physical and dynamic. As to Ursua, he is arguably the best player on the squad- with all due deference to Javai.

  20. Bowwar February 17, 2018 2:09 pm

    Ursua is a game changer, but may be too fragile. I hope Reed & Holly will be proficient runners. We do need

  21. Bowwar February 17, 2018 2:11 pm

    We do need speed on the outside WRs to stretch the field.

  22. winning February 17, 2018 2:21 pm

    Loss of Collie no biggy! Butta fingas! Loss of Brown also no biggy, slow delivery. but who will be calling the plays? Anybody know?

  23. suckkabooya February 17, 2018 2:42 pm


    I think Drake Stallworth can stretch the field. Armstrong-Brown will be a good isolation target opposite him. The depth I think will have to come from Ursua, Stubblefield (hopefully he can contribute), and Noa unless the true freshmen are ready. I hope he (Stallworth) is fast as Ewaliko and can become the next Jason Rivers.

  24. Stephen Tsai February 17, 2018 6:26 pm

    No. 12
    UH plays 13 regular-season games this year. You need to add a victory or loss to your prediction.

  25. clyde February 17, 2018 6:44 pm

    Stephen, you don’t want to engage with a bot … could be a Russian one. LOL.

  26. BigWave96744 February 17, 2018 8:25 pm

    I few weeks ago, I had this in mind in regards to preseason slot back spots

    SB: John Ursua is a lock, Noa looked good at the end of last season. Look for JC Cedric Byrd to be in the mix. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Tristin Kamaka sneak in for a few plays.

  27. Paniolo February 17, 2018 10:15 pm

    It will be like apples and oranges in comparing the 2017 disasterous Warrior football season, to what’s coming up this year with the Run and Shoot offense. I predict, for what it is worth, that our Warrior football team will end up with a record of 11-2.

  28. Central Oahu Dispatch February 18, 2018 3:43 am

    Kumoku Noa is going to be an outstanding receiver for UH. Nobody is tougher in the PAC 12 in going over the middle than his brother, Kanawai Noa. Moku has the same kind of toughness and work ethic.

  29. cappie the dog February 18, 2018 4:47 am


    Wow, Dylan Collie must be really smart.

    Isn’t Vanderbilt the only academically respected university in the SEC?

    As reflected by their middling football program, I think the school has maintained their integrity.

    Northwestern football and basketball.

    Harvard and Yale basketball.

    These are two examples of schools that shouldn’t be this good in athletics.

    Baylor was a Big 8(12) doormat for years.

    And then…

  30. cappie the dog February 18, 2018 4:49 am


    Jill Stein will be the finishing touch to the probe.

  31. Maddog50 February 18, 2018 5:32 am

    Almost 100% football guy but it was an unusual treat to watch the MBB on Fox and the Baseball team via Big West TV yesterday-pretty good day. GoWarriors!!

  32. RSYmoney February 18, 2018 8:01 am

    The 2 young Noa brothers show the same toughness as their father Henry Noa who played for UH. Not that big but very very tough.

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  34. Stephen Tsai February 18, 2018 8:56 am

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