Upbeat practice for Warriors

The Warriors capped a week of full practices with a lively 2-hour workout this morning.

In the shake-it-up theme, the practice punctuated with an offense-versus-defense session during which quarterback Dru Brown led a 70-yard drive. Brown threw 4 yards to slotback John Ursua for the touchdown. Ursua accounted for 63 yards on four catches.

“I thought we had a good practice,” head coach Nick Rolovich said. “Good energy, good juice.”

Rolovich spiced this week’s practices by mixing in competitions.

“That was the thought process,” Rolovich said. “If we kept doing the same things, you can’t really expect different results. I thought the energy was different this week.”

The Warriors will have a walk-through session tomorrow ahead of Saturday’s homecoming game against San Jose State.

* * * * *

Tonight, we say goodbye to a friend and relative — Laura Yoshida.

Laura was a City attorney, mother of three, and loving wife. She also was a fighter, coining the phrase, “Jimmy Carter This.” The former President famously conquered cancer.

Laura fought the good fight. We’ll miss her.


  1. ai-eee-soos October 12, 2017 1:00 pm


    BEAT the SPARTIES !!!

  2. ai-eee-soos October 12, 2017 1:13 pm

    Rolo: Put the back-ups in for some plays; otherwise you’ll never find out who

    can play, when the lights go on.
    Rolovich spiced this week’s practices by mixing in competitions.

    “That was the thought process,” Rolovich said. “If we kept doing the same things, you can’t really expect different results. I thought the energy was different this week.”

  3. ai-eee-soos October 12, 2017 1:17 pm

    Stutz: Tell Dru to look for Ursua more often.

    It appears that Dru throws to Collie, even when double covered.

    In the shake-it-up theme, the practice punctuated with an offense-versus-defense session during which quarterback Dru Brown led a 70-yard drive. Brown threw 4 yards to slotback John Ursua for the touchdown. Ursua accounted for 63 yards on four catches.

    But what do I know about football – me, I’m just a FANatic.

  4. SailorBlue October 12, 2017 1:28 pm

    Aloha everybody ~ Only 2 ays until it’s is FOOTBALL and TGATE time. Mrs. SB & I have reserved ***Cabana B*** at Rainbow Bay Marina. The routine remains the same: early crew arrive/set-up ~9AM, grill crew fires-up ~10-10:30 (**NOTE: The ‘Wok Day’ has been postponed until the 10/28 game against San Diego State**), eat ono grindz until clean-up ~1.5 hours prior to the game. Back after the game to finish off food / celebrate the WIN. Donations to pay for the Cabana, pop-up tent and common items (paper & plastic items, charcoal, etc.) are always welcome. Remember, everybody (locals and visitors) are welcome to attend. Questions – email me at jboster(at)yahoo(dot)com. Hope to see everybody Saturday. Cheers, SailorBlue

  5. H-Man October 12, 2017 1:43 pm

    Of course hoping for a win, but if the staff and players give 100%, I can’t ask for anything more. Go Warriors !!!

  6. DaveLetterMan October 12, 2017 2:00 pm

    Howzit Tsaikos!
    So is it a good or bad thing that the offense drove 70 yards for a TD?
    Go Warriors! Beat da Spartans!!

  7. J-Dog October 12, 2017 2:02 pm

    Reading these practice reports when it’s offense vs. defense, I never know whether to feel happy that the offense moved the ball, or sad that the defense gave up a 70 yard drive.

    Hoping that the defensive staff makes some adjustments these recent game performances.

  8. wafan October 12, 2017 2:26 pm

    Aloha Laura. Prayers and positive thoughts to family and friends.

  9. UH Fan for Life October 12, 2017 3:00 pm

    #3 – here’s the UH receiving statistics for 2017 courtesy of http://www.espn.com/college-football/team/stats/_/id/62/hawaii-rainbow-warriors :

    RECEIVING STATISTICS (ranked by reception yards)
    John Ursua 46 653 14.2 85 (TD) 5
    Ammon Barker 24 261 10.9 25 0
    Dylan Collie 21 254 12.1 50 1
    Marcus Armstrong-Brown 12 96 8.0 16 1
    Keelan Ewaliko 9 94 10.4 21 0
    Metuisela ‘Unga 9 86 9.6 19 1
    Kade Greeley 4 85 21.3 42 (TD) 2
    Diocemy Saint Juste 8 66 8.3 16 1
    Kaiwi Chung 1 37 37.0 37 0
    Dakota Torres 3 19 6.3 9 (TD) 1

    Ursua has 46 of the 139 receptions (33%) 653 of 1650 of the receiving yards (40%). I thought Collie was getting a bigger share of the catches but the numbers tell a different story – 15% of the catches and yards. However, these stats don’t show how many times they were targeted.

    What is interesting is DSJ seems to be getting more passes thrown his way than in the past. He’s pretty versatile as a runner, blocker, and now catching passes.

  10. shadow October 12, 2017 3:38 pm

    I see asking Rolo emphasizing that players need to give more. That’s all well & good.

    I just hope those involved w/ the Defensive game plan will give more by making some needed adjustments as well.

    As Einstein said, you can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results.

  11. z October 12, 2017 4:07 pm

    Dru needs to find StJ more often.

    ST needs to give me foreign language classes so that I can do that robot thingy. I am only guessing right now.

  12. 3-Prong October 12, 2017 4:22 pm

    Looks like the players and coaches haven’t quit. How about you “fans” out there?! GO BOWS!!

  13. Maddog50 October 12, 2017 4:35 pm

    Just take out the Spartans this Sat. Here’s to def playing to potential and Coach Estes keeping machine oiled clean and rolling-

  14. bowwar October 12, 2017 4:38 pm

    Thoughts and prayers go out to Laura’s family…The cancer battle is life and death for all of us and it’s a sobering reality. We can’t get too caught-up in “kid games” when there are more important things going on in people’s lives. It’s a matter of perspective…If we lose on Saturday, we lose and play another day. The main thing is to put up a good fight and leave it all on the field. Imua Warriors!

  15. NotNasti October 12, 2017 5:11 pm

    Heading out to the funeral service now. On the morning Laura passed, I was heading to my office and heard Linkin Park’s “One More Light” on the radio. I couldn’t understand why I got emotional and was dropping tears. When I parked, I got an email from my friend, her close friend, that she was gone.

  16. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs October 12, 2017 5:58 pm

    31-21 Hawai’i win on Saturday night over San Jose State. Homecoming night, Aloha stadium.

  17. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs October 12, 2017 6:03 pm

    21 (3 games), 23 (1 game), points scored in 4 loss games. Hawai’i. Not good.

  18. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs October 12, 2017 6:07 pm

    Be there, or be Muhammad Ali. “Don’t count the days, make the days count.”

  19. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs October 12, 2017 6:13 pm

    Bring back 1985. 50,000 fans vs. Air Force. A little less vs. Air Force. Hawai’i loss that game. But it was full house. 50,000 packed.

  20. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs October 12, 2017 6:21 pm

    Saturday night in Halawa. 78 degrees. Overcast. We’re rooting for UH. btw, the 555 timer was used in I.C. Such as the Aloha Stadium scoreboard. Reruns, clocks, high tech stuffs. Integrated circuits.

  21. NorthShoreFan October 12, 2017 6:41 pm

    Guud Evening Tsaikos…Bootiful Evening!
    Always sad to hear of the passing of a good person…Healing energy to the Yoshida Ohana.

    Ursa account for 64 of a 70 yd td…good? Not sure. db’s get burned again and again? Just tells me our O can move the ball on our D. Then again the O can move the ball. Need the D to step up with some stops.


  22. cappie the dog October 12, 2017 8:26 pm

    Hawaii is 2-4.



  23. not Sean October 12, 2017 11:14 pm

    Our no. 1s… corners against receivers. Corners that can’t cover against receivers that can’t get open. In practice they would appear competent and able. In a real game against for real competent opponents, they can’t cut it. DBs can’t cover and receivers can’t get open. Ursua gaining 64 of the 70 yards tells me he’s the only one that’s got the skills and is a bona fide D1 athlete and Brown is capable of getting the ball to him. Ursua and Brown alone can’t be the whole passing game. I hate being pessimistic. I am usually the optimistic person. Help me team! Please allow me some confidence this Saturday!

  24. Maddog50 October 13, 2017 1:56 am

    Oiled machine on O, wrecking ball on D. First step Saturday-hope the community supports solidly-GoWarriors!!!!

  25. Kona Boy October 13, 2017 6:26 am

    Wow _ Dru led a 70 yard drive against that tough defense of ours!! San Jose State may be a juggernaut (not), but they better watch out for the Warriors!!

  26. Akamai Okole October 13, 2017 6:41 am

    Great Morning All!

    The Present is always a present.

    Aloha Laura

  27. What? October 13, 2017 6:51 am

    Breaking news: UNC is cleared of any wrong doing. After years of investigations and 3 Notice of allegations, UNC is cleared of everything. UNC did not even receive a slap on the wrist.

    Simply amazing! The prophetic words of Jerry Tarkanian still holds true. The blue blood programs in college basketball are untouchable.

  28. A-House October 13, 2017 7:09 am

    my apologies to 3-Prong who was also at the UCLA game and failed to mention him as part of the Tsaikos!!!!!!!!!!

    KITV weather this morning says thunder showers for game on Saturday — remember, No umbrellas!

  29. A-House October 13, 2017 7:11 am

    interesting that the QB commit who was part of the 6 visitors for the CSU game has been silent

    still committed?

    twas not a good game to show recruits.

  30. A-House October 13, 2017 7:15 am

    appreciate the “powers to be” that they have programmed this blog to remember who posts and allows the I am not a robot to allow us safe passage to posting.

    on the other hand, how can the NCAA NOT impose any penalty on UNC for allowing a FAKE class for 20 + years, athletes registering for this FAKE class, pass with an “A” — this is what’s called Power 5 institutional control!!!!!!!

  31. What? October 13, 2017 7:34 am

    UNC, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky are all untouchable programs. These are the cash cows of the NCAA.

    Look for the next Cleveland State to get hammered for impermissible benefits. An impermissible benefit could be a coach or someone in the athletic depth giving a hungry student athlete a meal and a place to stay because his scholarship money wasn’t enough to pay his expenses. He used his scholarship money to help his struggling family back home.

    Where the NCAA has failed repeatedly, I hope the FBI can succeed in hammering some of the blue blood programs. Of course Roy Williams will continue to say he did not know what was happening with the sham classes. But, all it takes is something and one person to tie him to the FBI investigation to blow the lid. But, it won’t happen, coach Roy never benefitted from any bribes or athletes steered to his team’s at Kansas and unc.

    What a fitting way to end the day today. Unc is planning on raising their basketball championship banner toinght.

  32. PONO October 13, 2017 8:02 am

    I’m a little disappointed in how the offense is utilizing the skill players. We need to get Ewaliko the ball in space on reverses, screens etc and also utilize the tight ends. Unga wasn’t used much when healthy and I think Greeley can cause havoc down the seam.

  33. islandman October 13, 2017 8:21 am

    NCAA decision is a farce.
    “While student-athletes likely benefited from the courses, so did the general student body,” Sankey said. “Additionally, the record did not establish that the university created and offered the courses as part of a systemic effort to benefit only student-athletes.”
    Today’s news article says that Kennedy T did meet academic requirements to return to the UH team and article had some other interesting things about the UH defense, that often plays a one-gap scheme.

  34. What? October 13, 2017 8:48 am

    The NCAA decision today is a blue print for all programs willing to won at all cost to follow. Create sequence classes where their only requirement for the course is to print and sign and date on the dotted line and receive an A for the semester. All they would need to do is find the room to sign their name to get the A.

    Talk about the have and the have nots in college athletics, this will only widen the gap.

    We can enjoy the entertainment value UH has to offer as is. Or, we can spin the wheels and believe that there is hope UH will be part of the have’s. I hope I never see the day UH sell out because they need to win at all cost. There will always be Portuguese sausage and sweet bread sales approach to fundraising.

    Let’s enjoy this next game on Saturday against SJSU for what it’s worth, entertainment. That’s it. It is nothing more and nothing less. To the student athletes, get your degree. That is something the NCAA cannot take away from you.

    Go bows!

  35. What? October 13, 2017 8:49 am


  36. islandman October 13, 2017 9:29 am

    You think travel is somewhat taxing for UH sports teams, read today’s page B-5 on San Jose State College and Willamette football teams traveling on the Lurline from Nov 27, 1941 to Dec 3 ending at the Aloha Tower.

  37. A-House October 13, 2017 9:36 am

    what? #30:

    i believe coach Roy Williams received HUGE benefits by players taking the course(s) and remained eligible to lay.

    if UNC did not “create/offered the course(s)” how did it register each semester for years for course credit then who did? how did this get by the UNC administration?


    article says he did NOT meet academic requirements to rejoin the team — that’s a real shame for he could have helped the DL this year.

  38. What? October 13, 2017 9:46 am


    I guess I did a poor job of sarcasm. Roy Williams knew everything about the program. He knew there were sham classes and he knew families of student athletes were paid under the table.

    If there is any connection to the blue blood schools, I hope the FBI keeps digging. UNC, kansas and other programs benefitted from years and years of bribery and under the table payments.

    Roy Williams will continue to deny everything. He knows who pays his salary.

  39. islandman October 13, 2017 9:57 am

    36. A-House, thanks. My bad typing missed the word “Not” in the Kennedy did “NOT” meet academic requirements.

  40. Buffoman October 13, 2017 10:21 am

    Well the good thing in the KT reporting may be that he is still in school. While it may be great to have him on the team, it’s great that he is still a student. Lets hope he graduates and goes on to a successful life, with or without football.

  41. Ipu Man October 13, 2017 11:31 am

    Sausage McMuffin etc, you posted two scores for the game.
    UH 28 San Jose 24
    UH 31 San Jose 21
    Which one is it?
    NCAA will get you…

  42. Da Punchbowl Kid October 13, 2017 11:51 am

    Upbeat practice is good! Beat up Spartans tomorrow even better!

    I am not a robot!


  43. Stephen Tsai October 13, 2017 1:05 pm

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=44847

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