Spring practice No. 7

The Warriors were back on the field — make that two fields — for today’s seventh practice of spring training. (They warmed up at Ching, then moved to the grass field.) Today was actually the halfway mark because the 15th practice day will be the spring fling.

Of note:

> Slotback Cedric Byrd continues to have a terrific spring. In team drills, Byrd caught an 8-yard scoring pass on an out route. Speed and sure hands are good references for extended playing time.

> Justin Uahinui, the lone walk-on of the three QBs, directed the offense on the five-play, 50-yard scoring drive.

> The cornerbacks had a good day to add to a good spring. On consecutive plays, right cornerback Eugene Ford knocked away a pass intended for wideout Isaia Leeth and then on a blitz, batted away a pass into the flats. Second-year freshman Akil Francisco intercepted a pass that ricocheted off the hands of a leaping receiver. Mykal Tolliver made an interception on the final play of the team session.

> Azia Seei, a walk-on defensive tackle from Utah, continues to make nice plays in the trenches. Seei and defensive end Derek Thomas stopped the usually unstoppable Kaiwi Chung on a dive.

> It’s way too early for judgments, but it appears that at the start of every passing drill, Jay Dominique and Kalen Hicks are the safeties.


  1. ai-eee-soos April 10, 2018 1:32 pm


  2. turfwar April 10, 2018 1:58 pm

    Good to see Derek Thomas’ name making a play. Especially if it was on the inside. Much is expected of the new DL guys.

  3. Aaron April 10, 2018 2:23 pm

    Could Uahinui be having a Moniz-like Spring camp, or would that be an overstatement?

  4. Stephen Tsai April 10, 2018 2:46 pm

    It’s only spring, and so the sample size is too small, but, yeah, Uahinui is doing some nice things this spring.

  5. Aaron April 10, 2018 4:13 pm

    Mr. Tsai,
    Question: do you know when the current TV contract between UH and Spectrum ends? Thanks in advance…

  6. AllG April 10, 2018 4:20 pm


    How are the new DEs looking? Haven’t heard much about them this spring

  7. grapplefu April 10, 2018 5:36 pm

    #5 – June 2020

  8. kalua pig April 10, 2018 5:37 pm

    i feeling crazy right now.

  9. Petey808 April 10, 2018 6:06 pm

    Haven’t heard any mentions of Kalakaua… ST how is he doing?

  10. kev-1 April 10, 2018 7:33 pm

    Really happy UahinuI is making people notice.

    From the UH website…
    Prep: A 2017 graduate of Farrington High School in Honolulu…lettered two years at quarterback…named all-OIA honorable mention as a junior…as a senior, passed for 723 yards and six touchdowns…helped Governors to a runner-up finish in the OIA and a berth into the HHSAA Open Division State Championships…participated in the 2016 Life Champion Senior Bowl on Kaua‘i…threw for 167 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first quarter, to lead Team Black to a 34-21 win…named the Marcus Mariota Most Valuable Player of the game…also earned MVP honors at quarterback during the GPA Football Showcase in the summer of 2016…graduated cum laude.

  11. Lonzo April 10, 2018 8:27 pm

    has timoteo been playing?

  12. iceebear April 10, 2018 8:35 pm

    What if Uahinui is a diamond in the rough and suddenly busts out? We could really use a miracle player that comes out of nowhere, its been a long time.

  13. kev-1 April 10, 2018 8:51 pm

    Btw … the other QB that was recognized as an MVP alongside Uahinui at the 2016 GPA Football Showcase was some quarterback you may have heard of named Tua Tagovailoa. I hear that guy is pretty good.

  14. suckkabooya April 10, 2018 9:48 pm

    Justin Uahinui looks way bigger than he was last year. He got to be over 200 pounds now. Looks thick and tall enough.

  15. Da Punchbowl Kid April 10, 2018 9:55 pm

    Prayers continue for Stephen’s ohana. Mahalo, Mr. Tsai for working through and delivering to the readers

    Love the tone of the news coming out of spring. Love the vibe. Keep it up Warriors!

  16. suckkabooya April 10, 2018 11:24 pm

    I think Timoteo has to be used to stretch the field on deep routes because he struggles to separate on the shorter routes. He seemed to be frustrated with the situation he was in. When he was targeted, it was usually not very far past the line of scrimmage and the window was usually very tight. Was sad to see. He did block hard and with “authority”, maybe to vent the frustrations. I think he can go and get it if you throw it over the top, sideline to hash mark, one on one. I think he has the ability,

  17. suckkabooya April 10, 2018 11:47 pm

    You could tell I was really “over thinking” about Timoteo. I guess my point was to please just give him a chance to make a play, especially in the new offense. Needed some clarification. Sorry.

  18. Sangamon Keith April 11, 2018 6:36 am

    #17 I’m sure he has the ability but a lot depends on the level of competition. Leeth, Stallworth and Rooks all seem to be at least equally talented to Kala if not better. I’m sure he will get the chance to play because of his previous playing time. Like you, I’m hoping the best for him and have thought he could be a star at UH.

  19. tom-warriornation April 11, 2018 7:36 am

    hey Keith: are you going to the Army game?

    so far, got about 50 UH fans going!

  20. tom-warriornation April 11, 2018 7:37 am

    ST: Keep the great news about spring practices coming–sounds like it’s going to be an exciting year! Hoping for a speedy recovery for both of your parents-in-law.

  21. tom-warriornation April 11, 2018 7:43 am

    Join 50+ UH fans at the UH-Army game in the famous Westpoint this Sept 15; situated close to a scenic river.

    Email: tomkitaguchi@yahoo.com or text me 415-324-0585.


  22. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2018 10:26 am

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=45725

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