Packer rejoins Warriors

Of all the Packers — Billy Packer, Aaron Rodgers, Trevor Davis — one of our favorites is Damien Packer.

We first met him during unsupervised football workouts several years ago. I think it was Ne’Quan Phillips who said Packer was going to be a special player.

Back then, Packer was a walk-on from the Big Island whose family endured hurricane flybys. He also admittedly lived on tuna.

He worked hard, earned a scholarship and eventually a starting job at safety. He was a good teammate who would easily give the shirt off his back (which is probably why he often was pictured without a shirt).

Packer, who earned a degree, is rejoining the Warriors as a football intern. The DB coaches have now been established as the 3-on-3 basketball favorites.

Flashback: Daniel Lewis, Trayvon Henderson and Damien Packer


  1. SteveM July 30, 2017 1:13 pm

    First again?

    Welcome back Damien Packer!

  2. SteveM July 30, 2017 1:19 pm

    Those asking who else might be attending a UH football road game this year should check:

    Those who are willing to say they are going are listed. Please say if you are planning to attend and provide any logistical info possible (esp. hotel in Vegas or tour group). This info should help attendees in Cattle Call planning beyond the usual tailgate.

  3. Maddog50 July 30, 2017 1:24 pm

    Not sure about the guessing or speculation, but Tui will be on the field for sure-unless there is some unknown Graves a JC guy is not gonna RS unless a few freshman really raise eyebrows. You need at least 15 OL and right now that is not the case-I like the idea that we might have 10 productive guys most of which can play 2 or 3 spots. I have a lot of favorite but Dejon and Big John Waa are at the top of my list!! GoWarriors!!!!!

  4. Slugger July 30, 2017 1:49 pm

    Congrats, Damien Packer!

  5. Akamai Okole July 30, 2017 2:16 pm

    Great Afternoon All!

    Welcome back, Mr. Packer.

    Das it

  6. Buffoman July 30, 2017 4:38 pm

    It seems like Coach Naeole has, over his tenure at UH, begun to establish a foundation for building quality o-linemen. Who knows, UH may become a go to institution if you’re an o-lineman hoping to improve and possibly become noticed at the next level. See how Allen and Waa get noticed once their careers are over with the Warriors.

  7. Stephen Tsai July 30, 2017 7:02 pm

    I think Allen and Waa were highly regarded when they were recruited. Naeole has done a good job of cross training linemen

  8. Jason Valentin July 30, 2017 7:20 pm

    Tui Eli will not be left out. He will play RG.. The question is who’s gonna play RT. Gonna be between Norman and Kipper I think..

  9. kapakahi July 30, 2017 9:49 pm

    Graves also getting reps at RT.

  10. Maddog50 July 31, 2017 2:05 am

    Regardless of how it shakes out, Warriors gonna need most if not all the OL especially the vets which include Hensley, Norman and Eperone. Such a long season and at times I see some platooning with some guys to stay fresh. The reason Leo K settled in at center last year was his personality that allowed him to confidently and correctly call out schemes and cadence. Some guys just have the right amount of what it takes to perform this role-no reflection at all on those that don’t. This is by far the best 8 or nine (so far) to be game ready in a very long time-GoWarriors!!!!

  11. Boolakanaka July 31, 2017 6:12 am

    I agree with Maddog, that as a 8-9 group of olinemen, this is the best we have had in a while. That said, the telling item, is how cohesively they play as a group, as we certainly have a lot of individual talent (as I spy 2-3 guys that might be playing on sundays).

  12. Old School Dave July 31, 2017 6:40 am

    Like what’s developing with UH’s O-line under Coach Naeole. Seems like an abundance of talent with players who can play. Just gotta stay healthy as much as possible. Kinda of reminds me of back in the early 80s when there was a talented group of O-linemen up at Manoa named Mills, Sapolu, Donovan, Carvalho, Riewerts, among others.

    My favorite UH O-lineman has to be Dan Audick (70s) who was a 195 lbs freshman from Colorado who developed into an NFL lineman. Audick pretty much lived in the small, garage size UH weightroom attached to Klum Gym during his time here.

  13. A-House July 31, 2017 7:53 am

    some people never do anything to help, but are gifted at finding fault with the way others do the work — they are called “Comment Taters”

  14. Maddog50 July 31, 2017 9:38 am

    Dan Audick was about 205 as a freshman and a quiet young guy. Not to dwell on ancient history, but Charlie Aiu was a 4 year starter and had a first move “punch” that could break your sternum-

  15. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2017 11:23 am

    New post:

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