VIDEO: Walk-on QB makes most of his reps

Justin Uahinui, seen here during spring football practice, is operating his third offense in as many years this fall. / Photo by Steven Erler, Special to the Star-Advertiser

Like several of the other University of Hawaii quarterbacks in camp, Justin Uahinui is learning his third offensive system in as many years.

The second-year freshman walk-on from Farrington played in a version of the West Coast offense as a Govs senior and learned the RPO (run-pass option) last year at UH. Now, it’s the run-and-shoot.

“We were run-heavy (in high school),” he said. “A lot of people were surprised I continued at quarterback (in college), but I get a lot of support from the Farrington community.”

Uahinui remembers being about 8 or 9 years old in 2007 when UH went undefeated in the regular season. He was inspired to become a quarterback because of the Warriors’ proficiency in the run-and-shoot.

The coaching staff has not announced any ranking of the quarterbacks, but Uahinui was not among the three getting team reps Tuesday. He knows the odds are against him winning the starting position, but Uahinui is intent on continuing to put forth his best effort.

“There’s five of us right now. There’s a lot of competition, a lot of great guys,” the communications major said. “We’re all studying the plays, getting used to this new offense.”


  1. Haleakala July 31, 2018 5:57 pm

    Justin Uahinu has such a great attitude and perseverance. If not in football, he will be successful in the future in other aspects of his life.

  2. Blu808 July 31, 2018 8:31 pm

    I like what he said at the end of his video about taking the new guys around the island and show them the culture here. I think that’s what is going to draw and keep players here. If the local players really intergrate the new guys from the mainland or elsewhere into the unique culture of Hawaii then that is what is going to separate UH from any other university or school a player a recruit can go to. UH may not compare to other facilities or campuses but it’s going to be the people and culture that set us apart as a program.

  3. Kev-1 August 1, 2018 12:09 am

    Good kid. Good family. Don’t sleep on Justin yet. He has skills. I can see him developing and contributing as an upper classman.

  4. warriorrebel August 1, 2018 4:47 am

    whoever becomes the new QB will need to be mobile. until the new o-line starts gel together, the QB maybe under a lot of pressure. Cole McDonald and Moussa seems to be the favorites right now. go Warriors!

  5. Dave Reardon August 1, 2018 10:54 am

    Regardless of whether he ever gets into a game or not, you need guys like Justin in order to have a good football team.

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