Savings plan

With all the injuries and ailments this season, the Warriors have done a good job resisting the urge to activate players who are set to redshirt.

The depth-challenged offensive line probably could use Micah Vanterpool and Emil Graves. But to protect their futures, they remain on redshirt status. The same is true for defensive tackle Anthony Mermea, rover Justice Augafa and tight end Karson Greeley. Paul Scott, who had been injured most of the season, also has maintained his redshirt eligibility.

Last year, Kalen Hicks was activated at mid-season and played in four games before suffering a knee injury. Because of when he was activated, he was not eligible for a medical redshirt. Hicks, a key member of the defense, still has three years to play two more seasons.


  1. A-House November 6, 2017 11:57 am

    hello, good neighbor!

  2. A-House November 6, 2017 12:00 pm


    guess we have to “stuff-it-up” for the rest of 2017 and look forward to 2018 when players you mentioned will become player eligible

    looks like my pre-season won/loss will become opposite to 3 and 9

    hope Uh can win another or two

  3. A-House November 6, 2017 12:01 pm

    one good thing about the early sign up is that if most schools fill their quota and talented players are still available — UH get chance to sign some?

  4. A-House November 6, 2017 12:11 pm

    off topic, but last week I was inside an elevator going down when a lady comes in on the 16th floor — I was headed to the 9th flr

    my door opens and I turn to the lady and asked her what floor she wanted — she immediately blurted out — “aye kay kuri ahb” — I smiled and said to me self, have not heard that term in over 65 years

    couple nights ago, I noticed my “hay-so” was dirty so I asked ‘boss’ if we had qui-tips and she said use the “me me curu” stick

    not a good sign to recall/use phrases from the 40s and 50s

  5. A-House November 6, 2017 12:13 pm

    based on Fer’s next door column — take Fresno and give the points!! shuah winnah!!!

  6. Maddog50 November 6, 2017 12:19 pm

    The only way to build is hold back. You have to be special to play as freshman-special meaning actually contribute to winning effort. When you play 4 years the body takes a beating at some positions OL DL LB and RB. Again hats off to Tuulima and Trifinovich for their role on Sat and of course Big John Waa for gutting it out! We need Eli and Hensley back if possible.

  7. Maddog50 November 6, 2017 12:26 pm

    Anybody remember Christian Cronk a verbal commit form NC days? Netane Muti? That’s the starting LT/LG for Da dogs-if I was coaching I’d put that maniac Padello in for a couple of series to outquick Cronk-

  8. Maddog50 November 6, 2017 1:02 pm

    I really enjoy when things go bad or not so good some folks feel compelled to amplify shortcomings-that is a tremendous and honorable trait! People like that are just plain sad-

  9. A-House November 6, 2017 1:30 pm


    is Tuilete out of contention?

  10. Trunks420 November 6, 2017 1:32 pm

    24 Fresno
    0 Hawaii

  11. Derek November 6, 2017 1:35 pm

    Under Chow, it’s undeniable the record was very bad. Unfortunately, his offense was old school and it doesn’t work now when you have multiple spread offenses with dual threat QBs galore all over the place. But, Chow did recruit some good pllayers. Hawaii’s best players, Henderson, Allen, Waa, St. Juste, Tavai, Ursua, Lewis are Chow’s recruits. We hope Rolo’s senior and junior classes will turn out to be gems. These are the current sophomores and freshmen. Anybody that you see looks big time? An impact players? Any top flight QBs? You hope these guys blossom.

    If McDonalds or Brownholtz can’t unseat Dru Brown next season what does that say? Can Cordeiro or Moussa as true freshman come in and take the job? Somebody yesterday asked about the black QB. Well, that’s a pretty good question. Who was the last black QB to play here extensively? You might have to go back to the Wagner years maybe? Michael Carter and Ivan Jasper. They were very good QBs for the triple option system put in by Paul Johnson. The Heineken commercial says that it takes 15 years to be a brewmaster and they guy says, still practicing. I hope we don’t take 15 years to get another great QB at UH. We are on 10 years now.

  12. SteveM November 6, 2017 1:41 pm

    OK. I’ve waited 2 days after the loss to comment. Many imply that unavailability of key players and lack of depth is the problem. While that is true, it doesn’t say much for the other 40 or so players suited up for the game. Like Dick Tomey once said, never blame the players…blame the coach.

    This inexperienced arm chair coach does blame the coaches. If you don’t have the talent to make quick-opener holes in the line for DSJ to dart through, then run elsewhere. A lead blocker might help…or even take the ball instead as DSJ decoys. This works partially with Brown, but running your QB is risky unless you have a backup.

    So, we have a backup or three and backup running backs and receivers. This open more possibilities but you have to move out of the single setback formation. One should at least try a few times, and this is where I blame the coaches.

    I hope DSJ breaks Gary Allen’s record, but this fan doesn’t think he’ll do it as a lone setback with a banged up offensive line.

  13. boolakanaka November 6, 2017 1:50 pm

    Was gabbing with ex-teammates Sam Moku n Daryl Williams, with Lyndell Jones weighing-in, at the game, and the inability to protect the post is alarming. No 1 rule for a corner, in man, is to protect the inside— either no understanding of the scheme or lack of execution on the basics is killing an otherwise solid performance.

  14. Derek November 6, 2017 2:58 pm

    OC Smith is a former offensive lineman. Is he correctly suited to be the OC or would Stutzman a former WR/SB be better? I don’t know but it begs the question. On 4th and one, UH decided to punt in the first quarter. Why didn’t they use the jumbo package and use Tuiasoa to get the 1 yard. At this point in the season where the team is struggling what do U have to lose? Gotta pull out all the stops at this point. And Yoro, he’s a former linebacker. Is he the best safeties coach? I have serious doubts about that. And you have to ask, is the secondary coaching overall is doing a good job period to give the players the best chance to be successful? The eye test says no and the stats says no. Tackling? That’s another problem. Usually, as the season goes on you would think performance gets better with more repetition. This team, I don’t know. But I think Rolo needs to rattle the cages and take some measures to get better results. In the end, he’s the one to be ultimately accountable. Friends are friends, but this is a business of running an athletic dept. to stay afloat. Always, pulling for UH to win.

  15. Sangamon Keith November 6, 2017 3:13 pm

    Comments here are getting overly negative. The team looked more like we hoped for versus UNLV … but still not where we want. Dru’s problem is his slow starts and his seeming lack of chemistry with our senior receivers, but his strength is his experience within the system. Take away Dru’s first interception in the Wyoming game and a on-sides kick versus UNLV and we would be a 5-4 team right now and all would be forgiven. Just think about that … one win away from another bowl game.

  16. Old School Dave November 6, 2017 3:54 pm

    Go Coach!! Make the changes you see fit, but stick to your overall plan. You have a talent group of freshmen and sophomores to build upon.

    You posters can come on down to practice and talk to the coaches in person and tell them how they should be doing their jobs. They are all easy to find.

  17. cappie the dog November 6, 2017 4:12 pm

    Megan Huff’s first appearance as a Utah Ute: Nov. 10, 2:30PM at home against Nevada.

    Isaac Fleming’s first appearance as an East Carolina Pirate: Nov. 12, 12:00PM at home against Coppin State.

    Good luck to both.

  18. Ipu Man November 6, 2017 4:27 pm

    So…if Hawaii is not in the Hawaii bowl,
    then who is? Nice if Milton UCF could

  19. Ipu Man November 6, 2017 4:29 pm

    Any body ever invited Canadian Football
    to hold their super bowl here?

  20. islandman November 6, 2017 5:00 pm

    ” No defensive player who runs forward from beyond the neutral zone may leap or hurdle in an obvious attempt to block a field goal or try.
    Before this change, a player committed a foul only if he landed on another player. This year, the committee took note of some players being injured in making these moves when trying to block a place kick.” (sbnation, Aug 25)
    “Stationary players within one yard of the line of scrimmage ARE permitted to jump and players from farther back are allowed to run forward through gaps, … ”
    Read more here:

  21. islandman November 6, 2017 5:07 pm

    23. And Matt Owies has to sit out this season at Seattle Univ. due to the transfer rule.

  22. Derek November 6, 2017 5:47 pm

    I really think Milton’s UCF will be playing on One of the 6 New Years bowl games. They are an explosive offensive team and their defense is so solid. However, I think Coach Scott Frost will get some big offers including Nebraska and Florida. All the best for Milton. Mililani Is so proud.

  23. H-Man November 6, 2017 5:57 pm

    Did Christian Cronk commit to Hawaii then decommit? I don’t remember, but I do recall Natane Muti. He not only committed to Hawaii, but signed his NLI with Hawaii as a DT. Then in June before showing up on campus, he requested a release which was granted by Rolo. It was Fresno St that converted him to an O-lineman. I give them credit for recognizing his talent as an offensive lineman.

  24. Leo Murakami November 6, 2017 6:00 pm


  25. Mauiboy November 6, 2017 6:12 pm

    Rolo tried to recruit a top black QB from the JC ranks for this season. I believe he choose Kentucky over Hawaii. Kentucky is having a good season with him at starting QB. Can’t remember his name.

  26. clyde November 6, 2017 6:18 pm

    #30: Stevie Johnson actually was a recruit for the 2016 season. He’s a senior this year.

    FWIW: Isaac Fleming up to 215 pounds. Believe he’ll start for EC as coach Lebo loves him. Aaah, water under the bridge (which he helped burn). Besides, Buggs is only a freshman.

  27. islandman November 6, 2017 6:38 pm

    Jordan Ta’amu ( Pearl City) was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 10 after leading the Rebels to a win over Kentucky.
    Ta’amu threw for 382 yards and four touchdowns, both career highs, while completing 31 of his 40 pass attempts. He also threw the game-winning touchdown to D.K. Metcalf with five seconds to go, giving Ole Miss a 37-34 road win. (

  28. What? November 6, 2017 7:25 pm

    It’s always good to see former Hawaii high school football players doing well on the mainland with their chosen team. I don’t blame any player wanting to leave Hawaii to play football on the mainland.

    Let’s see if Rolo can keep at least some of the local players from leaving. Next season will be his 3rd season. This could be the turn around season.

    This season is not over. A 5-7 season sure looks better than a 3-9 season. We will find out this Saturday if the players are playing to win or just playing to finish the season.

    The Warrior vs Rainbow debate will continue. I grew up listening to Rainbow football. But, I must say, when Hawaii was known as the Warriors, they had an attitude about them. It was something like, “if you don’t like it, stop us.” I haven’t seen that same attitude back at UH football close to 10 years now.

    I would say if you ask the players off the record what name they would prefer, they would choose Warriors. On record, they would say it doesn’t matter.

  29. burro sabio November 6, 2017 7:32 pm

    #20 do we have to go through this again?
    Bob Wagner and Norm Chow were offensive linemen.
    Ken Niumatalolo coached offensive line at Navy.
    Craig Stutzmann didn’t play QB at UH (although he did try out as a punter).
    Dick Tomey, Paul Johnson and Mike Leach never played college football.

    In fact, get rid of all the coaches. We have many on the blog who didn’t play college ball but think that they are smarter than the current coaching staff, can recruit better, and should be willing to work cheap.

  30. cappie the dog November 6, 2017 7:57 pm

    Nobody made any mention Jordan Ta’amu all season. I had no idea that there was a Pearl City alum playing for the Rebels.


    I have to write this.

    The times we live in, where Tua and Ta’amu are playing, it can only help that they play well.

  31. cappie the dog November 6, 2017 7:58 pm

    …mention of…

  32. Derek November 6, 2017 8:05 pm

    Wow, lau lau, there’s a lot of frustration out there. It’s not the season we all envisioned. Calling a spade a spade, our football team is paying hard, but poor execution, errors, poor tackling, etc. plus many injuries too all contributes toward the season we are having. I sound off sometimes, because I care about our program. If I didn’t care I wouldn’t say a word. We’ve consistently lost on the defensive side of the ball and on special teams. Sometimes our offense can move it, but the scoring doesn’t match the stats. They say lose 2 out of 3 areas and you probably lose the football game. That is what has happened. I don’t blame the players. The coaches have to do a better job coaching and teaching the players

  33. z November 6, 2017 8:33 pm

    In the redzone.

  34. H-Man November 7, 2017 5:14 am

    Why is it so confusing? The official name of UH men’s and women’s sports is Rainbow Warriors and Rainbow Wahine, respectively. AD Dsve Matlin polled the head coaches of all sports and this is their consensus choice.

  35. cappie the dog November 7, 2017 6:21 am

    In this universe, David Denson accepts Mike Trapasso’s offer. And some of us have superpowers.

    Leigh Steinberg gazes into his crystal ball and shudders.

    He calls June Jones in the middle of the night.

    “June we have to change the name.”

    “Why, Superagent, why?”

    “I saw….IT!”

    And that is why we became the Warriors.

  36. cappie the dog November 7, 2017 6:45 am

    Megan Huff led the Utes in scoring with 20 points in an exhibition game against Carroll College. 8-15 shooting from the field. She also added eight rebounds.

    The Utah head coach understands that she is a starter.

  37. Derek November 7, 2017 6:56 am

    Warriors is very strong word. That fighting spirit. I like that. Rainbow on the other hand is a very lazy, easy, laid back kind of word that implies to me to sit and watch something. It’s not an action word. To sum it up: The Golden State Warriors. Enuff said.

    But, whatever. We are who we are by the way we play. ” When you think about vacation, you think about Hawaii.” Hawaii Warriors, winning all they know……………..” Ryan Parker. Longing for the days again.

  38. A-House November 7, 2017 8:15 am

    Meagan Huff would be a Junior after sitting out a year?

    remember her as being ‘tall’, but soft.

    good luck to her!

  39. tom November 7, 2017 11:31 am


    I wonder if we changed our name from Rainbow Warriors to Supermen or Hulks or Giants or Menehune, would our fortunes change? I mean Supermen or Giants etc are stronger names than Warriors and would make a different

    Or would having more taller, stronger, faster players make a difference?

    Or would a rose by any other name smell just as fair?

  40. Stephen Tsai November 7, 2017 12:05 pm

    New post:

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