Hawaii football: Defensive backs put in extra work

Cornerback Cortez Davis and nickelback Eugene Ford go one-on-one during today's workout for defensive backs. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

The Hawaii football team’s defensive backs had their own player-run workouts this morning at the grass practice field.

They worked on footwork, hip movements and identifying routes.

Cornerback Cortez Davis and freshman safety Tiger Peterson — both of whom enrolled this past January — have benefitted from a semester’s instruction.

Some shots:

Cornerback James Green III
Nickelback Eugene Ford
Nickelback Kai Kaneshiro
Cornerback Cortez Davis
Cornerback Travon Killins
James Green and Travon Killins
Kai Kaneshiro tries to maneuver past safety Tiger Peterson
James Green III and Travon Killins
Safeties Khoury Bethley and Kalen Hicks
Cortez Davis
Cortez Davis and James Green III
Khoury Bethley and Kalen Hicks
Cortez Davis and Travon Killins


  1. burro sabio July 11, 2019 10:41 am

    Ekahi Ichi Uno One Foist

    Mr Tsai, what does the team call the safety positions (like how Mac and Mike are sometimes used for LBs)

  2. Stephen Tsai July 11, 2019 11:05 am

    Mr. Burro Sabio:
    They do have free and strong, but they also play left and right, and they also go with a three-safety alignment, and other subpackages. Since they’re interchangeable, I think they usually go with the generic “safety.”

  3. burro sabio July 11, 2019 11:34 am

    Thank you Mr Tsai

  4. Da Punchbowl Kid July 11, 2019 12:23 pm

    What do Mr. Tsai and Mr. Tsabio think of this group of DBs? I think our “D’ is going to be strong overall. Waddya yas guys think?

  5. Bryson July 11, 2019 1:09 pm

    Don’t Okeke in any of the pictures

  6. kahuna July 11, 2019 1:11 pm

    I hope nothing happened to Ikem Okeke and Ro Farris. How come there are multiple pictures of the same people and not of some others.

    Would love to see how Ikem and Ro look right now.


  7. ai-eee-soos July 11, 2019 2:20 pm


    Ro Farris’ pic is in the June 28th post – Beach Day.

  8. Stephen Tsai July 11, 2019 2:35 pm

    Okeke had a morning class so he showed up late. He went through some reps.

  9. ai-eee-soos July 11, 2019 3:13 pm

    for those interested in adult entertainment …

    da undah ovah stay 5.5 for number of wins.

    chance um … no sked um … geeev um.

  10. NorthShoreFan July 11, 2019 3:24 pm

    Hicks look like a “hybrid safety…..possible duty at lb? Looks big and strong….

  11. Stephen Tsai July 11, 2019 3:30 pm

    North Shore Fan
    He is a big guy. I think he played free safety last year. In 2017, he was at the hybrid.

  12. Inyoface July 11, 2019 4:28 pm

    Defensive backs! My favorite position in football.

  13. Akamai Okole July 11, 2019 8:21 pm

    Great Evening All!

    Whew! Hot O’ Wat?!?!?

    Almos on da down side of Julai…

    DPK…how many mo days til kickoff? 😕

  14. Akamai Okole July 11, 2019 8:22 pm

    I’m AI…not a robot!

  15. tom-warriornation July 12, 2019 6:07 am

    UH-Washington FOOTBALL GAME IN Seattle–September 14, 2019

    I GOT THE BEST 300 seats near the 50 yard line in the upper deck behind our Warrior bench, for Hawaii fans ONLY @$50 each.

    Contact me now to reserve your aisle seats. Email: tomkitaguchi@yahoo.com

    PS: The visiting team’s section is in the HOT Sun in the corner end zone priced at $80 each.

  16. sackkabooya July 12, 2019 11:32 am

    The Secondary struggled with deep coverage and when they did play soft (2nd/3rd and long), but was not bad when the field shortened. It seemed the reason was that there was not enough pressure applied in base package. Only Padello usually. And the blitz schemes were not that effective either. I think all that will change second year of Batoon’s tenure.

    I think Farris can shut you down within 20 yards (he looks like he may be more physical now) of the route. A good “centerfielder” (free safety) should fix the deep coverage problems they had last year (see San Jose St. game). The opposite corner should be just as good (less physical but a little faster guy) judging by the list of candidates. Hicks (to me) was the best (most consistent as far as making plays in “big” situations) defensive back last year. Plus they added a lot more speed and athleticism this year. That combined with the amount of pressure packages Batoon can use in year two should be awesome. I cant wait to see it. Going be unreal I think. Can do.

  17. boolakanaka July 12, 2019 12:03 pm

    Agreed with Booya. Much of breakdowns had to do with an insufficient amount of pressure from the front 6-7. What I can visibly see, is we are longer, quicker and more athletic. Now, they just have to trust the scheme and technique….we have enough athletes to be more than competitive on the backend.

  18. Da Punchbowl Kid July 12, 2019 12:17 pm

    AO – Fordy sumting mo days! Lookin forward to dat!

  19. A-House July 12, 2019 1:03 pm

    fordy sumtin for wot?

    howzit DPK?

    long time no see Tsaikos: wreckenez; garret; hawnstly; Brew808; djmitchco; 99 club; expat; other Texan – sorry, forgot name; alanbama; Committed Road Warrior; Rich1976;

    sorry, mind went blank!

  20. A-joe July 12, 2019 1:40 pm

    Aloha DPK. Aloha A-House. Good to pop in and see OG’s in the Hale.

    A-House- kindly extend my aloha to Midori and the ‘Ohana for me please.

  21. Kawika July 12, 2019 3:18 pm

    Mahalo for the pic, Stephen! We need more coverage of UH Football, IMHO. Why a local TV station’s lead sports story last night was about a loca prepl player now at at mainland university is beyond me. Best of luck to them, but I want stories and coverage about UH athletes.

  22. burro sabio July 12, 2019 3:53 pm

    I saw this posted on ESPN today. Same can be said about Scheyenne.

    Alden Gonzalez
    ESPN Staff Writer

    Angels manager Brad Ausmus was asked about still not knowing the reason for Tyler Skaggs’ death (results of the toxicology report won’t be known until October). “At this point, I don’t really care. His loss is his loss, and there’s an emptiness regardless of the cause. I’m not in any rush to find out. All I know is Tyler Skaggs is no longer here.”

  23. Da Punchbowl Kid July 12, 2019 4:09 pm

    Akamai Okole, you had go axe me how many days befo kick-off and I had when go reply fordy sumting days! Howzeet A-joe!


  24. Da Punchbowl Kid July 12, 2019 5:01 pm

    Sowwy – got my As mixed up. My response above should have to A-house, not Akamai Okole.

    Anyway, season is coming soon.

  25. kalua pig July 12, 2019 6:30 pm

    cortez looks like a man.killins looks like a freshman.

  26. A-House July 13, 2019 10:38 am

    Gov Ige says estimated time of completion of the new stadium will be in 2024

    UH plays at Vanderbilt in 2023

    2 excellent reasons for me to keep healthy — would like to see both!!!

  27. Luki July 13, 2019 1:30 pm

    I may have missed this but where Hawaii play home games if stadium is under construction? Will there be a game or 2 on the neighbor islands?

  28. Kev-1 July 13, 2019 1:42 pm

    They need to have one of those contractors who build condos in kakaako/ward build the stadium. Seems like those condos take less than a year.

  29. Otto July 13, 2019 2:14 pm

    New stadium will be in parking lot. Will tear down old one afterward. Be prepared for no parking for years. Also old stadium was built in the best location on the parcel. So will not be simple construction.

  30. islandman July 13, 2019 6:40 pm

    Rep. Luke said the stadium could be completed by 2022.

  31. Andrew July 13, 2019 8:31 pm


    Yeah I was surprised when she said that in the interview. The reports that came out before mentioned 2024. That is way too long. 2022 sound a lot better. I actually am a lot more optimistic about this project when hearing that this is gonna be much more of a public and private partnership.

    One thing that I’m questioning though is their possible idea of including a hotel in the complex. While it could bring revenue, I would assume visiting teams would use it. I’d actually rather visiting teams stay in Waikiki where historically some teams have had trouble with distractions. it seems a lot less of a vacation and easier to focus when a hotel is in a less appealing halawa neighborhood next to the venue you’ll be playing at

  32. Kahuna July 13, 2019 10:14 pm

    It will be a entertainment complex there, including bars, restaurants, movie theater and bowling ally so there will be distraction. One thing is they are away from the beach.No scantily clad coeds walking around for the players to look at.

    I would think it’s a good place to stay with all the stuff there. Plus it’s closer to the airport so the visiting team won’t have to fight traffic like they would if they stay in Waikiki.

  33. burro sabio July 14, 2019 8:56 am

    Nah, we want the visiting teams to stay in Waikiki with the distractions and “sights” for the players to look at.

  34. H-Man July 14, 2019 9:10 am

    The state planners or perhaps it’s the politicians, but when you announce the budget, you must know the timeline. $350 million represents a budget based on a specific design and construction schedule.

  35. Kawika July 14, 2019 10:18 am

    With the usual delays, weather, lawsuits, problems with shipping supplies, additional studies, more lawsuits, cost overruns, I’d say that the new stadium will be done in 2029 or so. Interesting article on CSU’s Canvas Stadium and had they waited longer to built it. It took them 2 years to complete. Never happen in Hawaii.


  36. sackkabooya July 14, 2019 10:54 am

    Regarding the pass rush I hope Coach Batoon has a 3rd and long specialty unit that us the fans can identify and get behind, similar to how the NFL coaches bring in specific specialists. Power pocket buster at the 1 technique (Tavai? Russell?). High motor disrupter at the 3 (Vega?). A “slip by” speed rushing end (Padello definitely). And an OLB who can finish off the sack when/if the QB breaks contain Scott? Okeke?). A real specialty unit.

    Last season Batoon shuffled in substitution packages using almost everybody, and often. Sometimes it seemed random (even on 3rd and long) but you could see the rationale, see who can do what in certain exacting situations. Would be exciting to see specific players “trot” onto the field pumping up the crowd knowing that these guys are in to “mess up the pocket” and apply pressure. The crowd would go nuts. So would the Secondary. Rise expectation. Bring excitement and anticipation. Can Do. Awesome.

  37. sackkabooya July 14, 2019 12:04 pm

    I think that Hawaii opens the season with Arizona is such a fitting, inspirational coincidence, allowing both teams to give respect and some closure to Coach Tomey. So apropos. That being said, I feel like Arizona fans don’t realize how much appreciation we have for Coach Tomey here. They have their own personal impressions and appreciation for him and the levels he reached for them there. I feel like they may see us here in Hawaii as irrelevant in comparison. Just Coach Tomey’s “stepping stone” for them to benefit later from. Happens all the time in College Football. Understandable. But his tenure here was different than just that.

    He could see the value in the “Culture” here. Assimilating us as a “people” with the NCAA Football landscape that had previously dismissed us as irrelevant. He saw something larger than just Football. A real “program”. Coach Rolovich has that same appreciation and vision of us here. We were, and are now so lucky to be appreciated. You can do it Boys. We can (us Fans) too. Let’s Go Warriors!!

  38. H-Man July 14, 2019 3:51 pm

    The one thing I do not understand is how the opponent’s WR can get so open. Please don’t say its a lack of a pass rush. A pass rush definitely helps, a lot, but a good QB can get his pass off inside of 3. Our DBs seem to be out of position (lack of communication) about who is switching with whom. Of course it doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it ends up with a long play or TD for the other guys. Is it because there are so many packages that mistakes are made? I don’t know enough to know. Maybe it should be a simpler, smaller package for the DBs.

  39. kalua pig July 14, 2019 11:12 pm

    eugene ford looks thirty.

  40. PONO July 15, 2019 6:19 am

    I would be my life savings that the stadium does not get done by 2022. Name me a big state construction project that has finished on time and on budget?

  41. Stephen Tsai July 15, 2019 10:36 am

    New post: https://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=50171

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