From A(mmon) to Z

They were hailed as Generation Next — tall receivers with multi-sport backgrounds.

They were supposed to be the counter punch to the age of taller cornerbacks.

That 2013 recruiting class featured 6-5 Keith Kirkwood, 6-4 Marcus Kemp, 6-4 Ammon Barker and 6-2 Vasquez Haynes.

Five seasons later, Barker acknowledges his last-man-standing status.

Kirkwood had 12 catches in 2013, but four went for touchdowns and he averaged 20.8 yards per reception. He transferred to Temple the following summer. Kirkwood started 10 games in 2016 and made the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. One downside is Temple lists him at 6-3.

Haynes endured an injury-filled tenure at UH, beginning when he was hurt the first week he arrived in Honolulu. He finished his UH career as an effective safety in 2015. He earned his degree, and is reportedly pursuing a career in coaching.

Kemp, of course, is now with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Barker said he has no regrets about his see-saw career. He established himself as a dependable receiver last year. He is projected to start at Z, the right wideout position. He also has been praised for his coverage skills on special teams, which would boost his next-level resume.

The other projected No. 1 wideout also came from the 2013 recruiting class. Keelan Ewaliko, who has played four positions at UH, was recruited as an “athlete.”


  1. Stephen Tsai August 20, 2017 8:31 am

    See? We all can trust each other.
    Just checking, “I’m not a robot,” is all I need to do to prove I’m not a robot.
    This is unlike Target, when I have to show ID to buy wine.

  2. Stephen Tsai August 20, 2017 8:31 am

    Oh, yeah, I was first.

  3. burro sabio August 20, 2017 9:06 am

    Burro is third

  4. MattB August 20, 2017 9:09 am

    What’s your win/loss predictions of each game this season, also do you foresee any breakout players this year?

  5. Bowwar August 20, 2017 9:11 am

    Kirkwood was a real loss…We haven’t had.a game breaker since. He was better than Kemp.

  6. islandman August 20, 2017 11:34 am

    You look young, that’s why you need ID. Internet says you don’t need ID to buy cooking wine.

  7. H-Man August 20, 2017 12:19 pm

    The receiving corp is solid with Ammon, Keelan, Dylan and John. Add to the mix,Kalakaua Timoteo, Kumoku Noa, Marcus Armstrong-Brown….and TE Unga. Hoping these guys just light it up. Go Warriors !!!

  8. Sangamon Keith August 20, 2017 2:49 pm

    I’m not saying Kirkwood wasn’t, or isn’t, better than Kemp, but leaving UH didn’t help his football career too much.

  9. Derek August 20, 2017 3:12 pm

    One guy that was overlooked to me was Makoa Camanse-Stevens, 6’4″, 205. When he was in there he made some big plays and big gainers and came on strong in his senior season. He will be missed. But, that’s my opinion. Anxious to see the travel roster depth chart.

  10. cappie the dog August 20, 2017 3:45 pm

    Max Duval’s season began.

    In four appearances, all as a starter, Duval is 2-0 with a 2.81 ERA.

    Strikeout/walks: 26/4.

    He is in the Florida Marlins organization: Greensboro(A, regular A, not short-season A or advanced A).

    Prior to being signed, he was on the same independent team as Kaeo Aliviado.

    Kyle Von Ruden is 2-2 with a 3.91 ERA.

    If Trevor Davis gets acknowledged as a ‘Bow, so should Kyle Dowdy.

    Dowdy is with the Detroit Tigers organization.

    He is 8-10 with a 3.17 ERA. His strikeout to walk ratio is 113/25.

    Dowdy and David Longville both transferred to Houston after the 2014 season.

    These three names are not in the Hawaii Baseball Report.

  11. cappie the dog August 20, 2017 3:50 pm

    And in addition, Matt Cooper is seemingly out for the season, but he still exists.

  12. What? August 20, 2017 4:37 pm

    Interesting blog set up.

  13. Akamai Okole August 20, 2017 5:06 pm

    And then they say going get muggy…


    Das it

  14. Da Punchbowl Kid August 20, 2017 5:28 pm

    It’s getting easier to prove I’m not a bot. How humane of them. I did not see a car in one photo, but I swear I saw Bigfoot in the trees.

    So much talent this year. Seven more days…


  15. Akamai Okole August 20, 2017 6:19 pm


  16. M L Warrior August 20, 2017 6:27 pm

    Is there a way to watch The Nick Rolovich Show from the mainland?

  17. tom-warriornation August 20, 2017 7:26 pm

    UH at UCLA football game on Sept 9 with large tailgate.

    3 weeks from now!

    Come join our group of almost 500 UH fans on the Hawaii side line in Sections 6H, 7H & 8L; 10-54 rows up around the 5 to 20 yard line. Text me at 415-324-0585. Prices are $69 or $89 (Sect 6H). These seats have backs (not benches).

  18. NorthShoreFan August 20, 2017 10:34 pm

    Guud Evening Tsaikos…Bootiful Evening!
    Good show tonight. Build the excitement.
    Big question for me is the defense. No Lempa who went on to big time school. Will the new defense be ready? Gave up some points to UMass last year. We got the boyz so it’ll be execution and who wants it more. Execute the scheme and do your assignments.
    Offense looks exciting. We got the horses again and expecting to put up some points.

  19. justsomeguy August 21, 2017 1:22 am

    Akamai Okele: I’d expect nothing less from anyone who played under Urban Meyer. Biggest fake in college football. He pretends to be this church-going, modest, small town coach…..but he has consistently fielded teams with trouble makers who play with very little class. This is just another example.

  20. cappie the dog August 21, 2017 5:18 am

    That Rigoberto hit job.

    Shades of Jim McMahon.

  21. Maddog50 August 21, 2017 7:36 am

    Just a few thoughts-I am 100% college football fan, 100% plus Warrior fan-participated in a promotional event in Chicago area at a venue named Toyota Park home of MLS Chicago Fire-sold out crowd about 22K. They have a fan zone where all kinds a businesses pay a fee to promote business and give away stuff prior to game. All I can say is thousands show up prior to game to get trinkets for free. We had an autographed ball raffle that attracted about a 1000 folks. This event is 2 hours prior to game-all I can say is that a lot can be learned from what they do-music food fun and free stuff!!!! The facility is great with backed seats and great views-Built for 116 Million in 2017 dollars. All I can say this venue and pregame events should be examined and somewhat adopted or at least researched in the future regarding any future stadium plans-this was a very impressive experience from my point of view-GoWarriors!!!

  22. HAL2000 August 21, 2017 7:43 am


    First Na Koa lunch today!

  23. SailorBlue August 21, 2017 9:31 am

    Aloha everybody ~ It’s almost time for FOOTBALL and TGATE. The team needs us to cheer them on, so come on out for some good fuud and fun. We’re in Cabana A at Rainbow Bay Marina for September, Cabana ‘B’ for October, and back in Cabana ‘A’ for November. The game day routine remains the same: early crew arrive/set-up ~9AM, grill crew fires-up ~10-10:30, eat ono grindz until clean-up ~ 4:30. Back after the game to finish off food. Donations to pay for the Cabana, pop-up tent and common items (paper & plastic items, charcoal, etc.) are always welcome. Remember, everybody (kama’aina and visitors) are welcome. Questions – email me at jboster(at)yahoo(dot)com. Hope to see everybody there even if it’s after the game. Cheers, SailorBlue

  24. Stephen Tsai August 21, 2017 10:29 am

    The non-robotic blog host has a new post:

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