Spring ball: Practice No. 2

> With the volleyball team enjoying a bye this weekend, Larry Tuileta took quarterback reps at this morning’s football practice. Tuileta Was admittedly rusty, but picked up some of the intricacies of the run-and-shoot offense.

> Slotback Cedric Byrd has demonstrated speed and sure hands.

> Asotui Eli has been impressive at left tackle.


  1. ai-eee-soos March 22, 2018 12:19 pm


  2. Da Punchbowl Kid March 22, 2018 12:31 pm

    I am number two! Jes like the practice!

  3. Da Punchbowl Kid March 22, 2018 12:37 pm

    Excited to learn more – feelin’ good vibes about the two practices.

    Wonder how Hekili is looking as a big back. I remember one of my favorite plays from JJ’s days was when Mauia would lead on a sweep, and Ilaoa would run behind with the ball. A corner back’s nightmare. The word I remember most often used by Pops Leahey to describe the offense was “juggernaut” back then.

  4. diehard808 March 22, 2018 12:49 pm

    ST— with Eli at guard, who is taking the reps at center?

  5. clyde March 22, 2018 12:55 pm

    Speaking of left tackle … is Kohl Levao still in the pipeline?

  6. PONO March 22, 2018 12:56 pm

    If Eli is our best tackle than we are in big trouble.
    The competition at QB is terrible. We have two walk ons, a true freshman and a backup QB who’s strength is running more than passing. I really hope Moussa rises to the top.

  7. Idunnonuthing March 22, 2018 1:07 pm

    #6, so, in reference to Eli, you interpret “impressive”as best? hoo boy, so critical after 2nd day of spring practice. lol

  8. seewhy March 22, 2018 1:20 pm

    RE: #3

    Furuta looks good as the power back in practice.

  9. kahuna March 22, 2018 1:21 pm

    Its is unfortunate that some people just cannot put things in perspective. Only second practice and he already dogging the players.

    Are you a dad/mom? Do you expect your kid(s) to learn by their second day in class? If they don’t pickup what is taught, would you be disappointed?

    Jeez brah…you need to chill. Spring practices are time to experiment and work on things that you don’t have time to work on during the season.

    That fact that Tsai thought Eli was impressive during practice does not mean Eli will be there during the season. Tsai is entitled to his own opinion. Tsai may think Eli was impressive but maybe the coaches don’t.

    Nothing definite in spring practice. Many of the JC linemen(both OL and DL) that are expected to help immediately…. are not even on campus yet.

    Just let the team work things out. We are starting a new offense and Rolo and staff is trying to find out who are the best fit. Since we are not going to overpower anyone and will be a finesse offense, maybe Eli is the best fit at LT.

  10. Kazu808 March 22, 2018 1:34 pm

    Excited to see the combo at slot of Cedric Byrd and John Ursua but I’m concerned that Hawai’i does not have any elite speed on the outsides to allow the medium to intermediate routes to open up.

  11. burro sabio March 22, 2018 1:39 pm

    When ST files a report about practice, some people complain.
    When he doesn’t report about practice, others complain.
    As I mentioned before, the favorite beverage of many readers is whine.

  12. Da Punchbowl Kid March 22, 2018 2:04 pm

    I suggest that the ones who have something negative to say about a player should tell the player or his family face to face.

    There is nothing good or righteous about hiding behind a ‘puter screen and taking potshots at the team. The players and their families read this blog. If you think you help help the team by talking kukai, you are pono’ole!

  13. kev-1 March 22, 2018 2:11 pm

    Uahinui may be a walk on, but he shouldn’t be overlooked.

  14. J-FORCE March 22, 2018 2:51 pm

    This morning practice was just like watching 1999
    Spring practice. Kind of exciting again with all qb’s throwing bunch of passes again. It’s too early to say but I like c. mcdonald with j. Mousa close 2nd. Lots of switching on left/right tackle with new players. Guard looks to be ok. Defense is way ahead as expected. The vibe is very good, as the pace of the scrimmage seems faster. It’ll take while but im Optimistic about the whole new offense & defense. Its good to be there again.

  15. graham March 22, 2018 3:21 pm

    I agree with #6, the QB competition is not ideal. If either of the freshman can step up right away this could be an ugly season. That said, I will not miss Dru Brown. I couldn’t watch him last season he was that bad. But I am deeply considered about the turnover on the roster. I am praying for a bowl season but unless some guys step up I don’t see it happening.

  16. TRVIT March 22, 2018 3:29 pm

    Cordeiro will win the job as soon as he steps on campus

  17. ai-eee-soos March 22, 2018 3:57 pm

    QB’s …… read

    UH QB McDonald seizing a golden opportunity
    By Ferd Lewis
    March 22, 2018
    Updated March 22, 2018 3:24pm

    It’s now “free-to-view” in SA.

  18. i March 22, 2018 4:01 pm

    #14, I don’t understand what you mean by saying “the QB competition is not ideal,” when #6 didn’t even say that. and wth does “deeply considered” mean?

  19. Idunnonuthing March 22, 2018 4:02 pm

    #14, I don’t understand what you mean by saying “the QB competition is not ideal,” when #6 didn’t even say that. and wth does “deeply considered” mean?

  20. Maddog50 March 22, 2018 4:10 pm

    Moving Eli to tackle is a smart move-three or four tackles will arrive n fall-this is a teaching and development spring. Any body who played interior OL sures understands the adjustment it takes to move to tackle. Tui has the size now must learn feet and hands. This offense will rely heavily on pass blocking and zone schemes which is totally different than what they have done for years-Tui will do just fine-

  21. z March 22, 2018 4:17 pm

    I for one have always liked Eli. With Byrd and John at the slots I won’t be missing Collie. As for QB always good to have competition. You never know how a player will perform until he gets in a game. I am hoping for some surprises.

  22. islandman March 22, 2018 4:17 pm

    6. A player by the name of Colt was initially a walk on at UH in 2005.

  23. kahuna March 22, 2018 4:20 pm

    I am beginning to think that posters who like to bash players, coaches, teams, for no reason are not really fans. Those are the kind that seek attention and just want to make hay. How can any reasonable fan complain about the team without giving them a chance to show what they have first?

    To believe that this season will be “ugly” unless the freshmen step up is based on what???? I bet those who complain doesn’t even understand how athletics work. You have to work to get to where you want to be. You don’t just become good out of thin air.

    I guess its fair to say the QB situation is not ideal but I don’t think its fair to call them out before even having a chance to prove themselves.

  24. ai-eee-soos March 22, 2018 4:29 pm

    ST: ” Asotui Eli has been impressive at left tackle. ”

    In today’s column …

    1. Asotui Eli is being tried at LT by Rolo. Eli has lost weight

    to 285, at 6’4″.

    2. Dakota Torres. Rolo told to him to try slot (“Power Slot”).

    Will try to lose some of his 240 lbs.

    3. Ikem Okeke to Safety, and in Corey’s system some LB.

    ST’s article is “Pay-per-View”.

  25. ai-eee-soos March 22, 2018 4:34 pm

    from previous blog …

    50. ai-eee-soos March 22, 2018 11:53 am

    Mr. Tsai is pulling triple duty …

    1. Football

    2. Blog Host

    3. Baseball

    Give him plenty of “space”.

    In today’s printed edition, ST wrote 2 football articles, and

    one baseball article.

  26. graham March 22, 2018 5:09 pm

    #16- so you are happy with the current state of the QB depth chart? And like I said we need players to step up, so I am holding out hope a QB does. And spare me on calling me out for the auto correct spelling mistake. Any reasonable fan has to wonder why so many have left the program. That’s not hating or bashing but just actually wondering what’s going on. It is not normal and I.T is something that should be concerning to the real fans who watched how bad the team was last year.

  27. H-Man March 22, 2018 5:45 pm

    There are so many questions about this team. Last year’s defense allowed 34 ppg and the offense scored 23 ppg, leading to a 3-9 season. There have been significant player losses in the off-season to graduation, transfers, medical retirements and other reasons, plus the team has six new coaches. To add to these challenges, the offense will switch to the RnS, a change which has ripple effects to the receivers, quarterbacks and running backs. Shake this all up and we are hoping for a bowl-qualified season. Maybe, but it will be a heck of a coaching job if they succeed.

  28. 808WarriorFan March 22, 2018 6:49 pm

    #9 … “KAHUNA” … RIGHT ON BRAH … !!!!!


  29. Haleakala March 22, 2018 8:21 pm

    Kahuna: I agree.
    There are those that seek attention. No, cannot be. But yes.

  30. amela March 22, 2018 8:46 pm

    Mama said if you can’t say anything nice then shut the “F” up. Followed by a slap from papa. Some people need to show some respect.

  31. kimo browner March 22, 2018 9:08 pm

    the biggest question on the minds of many is whether Rolo and his O staff can adequetly install, teach and commit to the the R&S. If the answer is yes…fans can legitimally chat, praise or grouse about player development and value…absent JJ, I was hopeful Ron Lee would assist ROLO in some manner…it requires an endless amount of time and energy to mentor…best wishes to ROLO & Staff…the work ahead is monumental!

  32. Paniolo March 22, 2018 9:16 pm

    By June 2018, the new recruits Junior College and freshman football players, including the Run and Shoot quarterback sensation from St. Louis high school, Chevan Santiago will be coming aboard and most likely will be participating in off-season training with those player in spring practice now.
    Go Warriors!!.

  33. cappie the dog March 22, 2018 10:01 pm

    It’s getting really exciting now.

    Because BYU defeated Gonzaga 6-4, Hawaii’s RPI is 34.

  34. Steve March 22, 2018 11:30 pm

    I actually think the QB competition is going to be very fruitful. I also think Cole McDonald is a good QB. I watched his high school tapes and he shows that he can throw and run and one gets the feeling this is a smart, confident kid. The receivers according to some who attended practice show they can catch and have speed. I think the R & S is a high impact offense that tends to cause problems for defenses and think Rolo is smart for going with what he knows best. Hawaii will be fine this season and maybe even will go to the bowl.

  35. idunnonothing March 22, 2018 11:30 pm

    #23 I’m always optimistic about the uh football team, always been supportive, and always have been a true fan….i not gonna worry or contemplate on matters that I cannot control or speculate why and what things are happening with the team….waste time dat kine….it is what it is…..as for the qb’s, they young bucks with plenty upside….I’m sure they’ll get better after spring practice #3, #4 and so on, and then during the summer, and competition will heat up when the new recruits come in.

  36. idunnonothing March 22, 2018 11:32 pm

    E kala mai, meant #24 to graham

  37. Maddog50 March 23, 2018 7:05 am

    After 2 days now entering the third day my sole opinion is that the collection of new coaches their experience and energy will bring out hidden talents this current collection of players has. I think and again my opinion only some of the known and unknown players will ultimately wind up on a higher performance plane. For those that think or conclude that installing this offense is like physics or nuclear science it is not. Commitment to alignment assignment, technique and execution is always the pathway to any scheme. I am am sure some really smart guys who coached and played in this style of offense, but you don’t have to be a Rhodes Scholar to learn and execute any offense-it’s football. The true key is commitment and proper excecution-GoWarriors!!!!

  38. PONO March 23, 2018 7:43 am

    I’ll try to be a little more positive, but I also am not drinking the kool-aid. We have two walk-ons who are true walkons that didn’t have D1 scholie offers to my knowledge so they are not in the Colt category who was an exception. We have a true freshman who looks promising but that is a big jump to make. Then we have Cole who wasn’t able to beat out Brown last year and everyone loves to bash Brown. Maybe Cole improved, which I hope but we have very little game experience at QB and the guys in camp don’t come from RnS HS programs. Everyone knows how much of a difference the QB makes in the system. I’m really hopeful for Cordeiro and Moussa but you can’t expect too much out of a true frosh.

  39. Rodney March 23, 2018 8:47 am

    #35 Amen
    Realistically this year is going to be a tough
    deal.Defense has chance to be most improved.The offense is going to be a
    huge challenge.There is only one staff
    that can coach the R n S and it’s at Saint Louis high school..Just saying….

  40. A-House March 23, 2018 9:23 am

    some speak of “lack of game” experience — whose fault for not allowing players to gain valuable game experience?

    the coaching staff for whatever reason made that decision and they will have to “eat crow” for 2018

    hopefully, HC will see this significant disadvantage and make changes in preparing for 2018 and beyond

    cannot compare UH against other schools who have talented players returning who also lack game experience, but they are much more talented than most UH returning players

    to “dis” the team does not necessarily mean person in not a supporter – I’m sure there are many who may “dis” the team, coaches, players, but are most supportive in other ways – direct $$ contribution, materiel/labor/time to better UH, etc.

    surely, there must be a way for retired seniors who support the team and may have extra time to go in and do labor intensive work such as filing papers, cleaning the lower campus, caring for plants [ watering or trimming ], hauling rubbish, etc. — yes, there are “liability issues”, but surely they can be overcome — use the General Counsel’s Office to draft papers!

  41. A-House March 23, 2018 9:36 am

    volunteers should be given a “free” parking pass to park in designated areas while assisting the Athletic Department and provided with snacks/drinks — heck, people who cannot provide the physical labor may want to contribute $$ just to off-set some expenses

    building rapport with the State of Hawaii — there are some, not as many as before, on the outer islands who a great supporters of UH athletics who fly inf for games or attend away games with a travel agency or make their own travel arrangements

    less we forget those away from the State be they former residents or players or family of players who may also want to contribute to “making Hawaii great again”!

    a volunteer may be a designated “coordinator” to establish schedules

  42. boolakanaka March 23, 2018 12:24 pm

    I support the comments of 35 and 36, as they are merely speaking the truth and presenting the black and white of the situation. That said, of course we support our boys, but to say we are not trekking up a steep hill would be just disingenuous….

  43. Platinummaker March 23, 2018 1:51 pm

    *1 to 35, 36 and 39. Gonna take the best from all, but a bowl game not out of the question if we find the QB

  44. cappie the dog March 23, 2018 2:00 pm

    You saw it in their series with Hawaii.

    Illinois State can’t hold a lead.

    Not enough pitching.

    Creighton scored five unanswered runs and counting to take a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh.

    This has huge ramifications for Hawaii’s at-large berth hopes. Creighton has a RPI of 14.

  45. Stephen Tsai March 23, 2018 2:04 pm

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=45635

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