Warrior Beat: Another Higgins joins UH

Kaiser's Parker Higgins celebrated after tackling Kapolei's Kainoa Bardon in 2015. / Photo by Krystle Marcellus, Star-Advertiser file

Parker Higgins is the latest member of the athletic Higgins family to join the UH athletics. Higgins, a 2016 Kaiser High graduate, is a linebacker transferring from Arizona State. Here’s the skinny:

> Family ties: Higgins follows his father (Jim Higgins), brother (quarterback Jeremy Higgins) and sister (volleyball setter Tayler Higgins) on the Manoa path. Jeremy Higgins, a Saint Louis School graduate, played at Utah State before transferring to UH in 2011.

> Versatility: Higgins is most comfortable as an inside linebacker, but he did practice at outside linebacker as a third-year sophomore this past season. The flexibility will be useful in the Warriors’ 4-2-5 base.

Parker Higgins (ASU photo)

> Familiarity: Higgins acknowledged growing up root-root-rooting for the home team. He used to tag along and attend some UH football practices in 2011. That’s where he first met Nick Rolovich, who was offensive coordinator at the time.

> ‘Net gain: Last year, the NCAA implemented a rule that created a transfer portal. Think of it as Tinder for athletics. A person interested in transferring submits his information into the portal, which is shared with member schools. Higgins entered his name, and after a securing an ASU release, contacted the UH coaches. He’s now enrolled at UH this semester.

Parker Higgins stopped Campbell’s Noah Esprecion at Kaiser Stadium in 2015. / Photo by Bruce Asato, Star-Advertiser file


  1. ai-eee-soos January 11, 2019 11:13 am


  2. ai-eee-soos January 11, 2019 11:15 am

    another addition to the 2020 class.

  3. ai-eee-soos January 11, 2019 11:27 am

    ST: FYI —

    yesterday, MWC news posted your entire Jan. 8th post, including the comments, about the Rolo Effect.

    You ought to charge them a fee.

  4. ai-eee-soos January 11, 2019 11:34 am

    Linebacker 5’11” 225 lbs


    Parker Higgins

    … from the 2018 ASU roster.

  5. suckkabooya January 11, 2019 11:58 am

    Lots of bodies at LB. Got to create a playmaker there. None (with any consistently) as of now. Lots of potential though. Looking for Mautautia to bounce back 2019. I hope a leader will emerge. I’ve never seen a group of linebackers (aside from Mautautia; and maybe Time) who were so “nice” to opponents. Helping them up. back and helmet pats, very humble. Too nice. Kinda weird (odd) to see especially from LB’s. Gotta change that a little. If can.

  6. burro sabio January 11, 2019 12:02 pm

    Presuming he was a walk-on at Arizona so he can play right away.

    Mr. Tsai, how do reporters find out who has submitted their requests to the transfer portal. Do reporters have access or do you need an informant?

  7. Da Punchbowl Kid January 11, 2019 12:46 pm

    Good to see local boys come home. Mahalo for becoming a Warrior, Parker!

  8. burro sabio January 11, 2019 12:52 pm

    Southern Utah WR Assistant Coach Jared Ursua moving up I-15 to assist at Weber State.

  9. burro sabio January 11, 2019 12:53 pm

    Per Scoops.

  10. Stephen Tsai January 11, 2019 2:14 pm

    Burro Sabio:
    You have to be really nice to someone with access to the list

  11. ai-eee-soos January 11, 2019 3:13 pm

    way – way off topic, outta this world.

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    The Hawaii Democrat disclosed her plans on CNN’s “The Van Jones Show,” which will air at 2 p.m. Saturday in Hawaii, the network said.

    Gabbard has made recent trips to New Hampshire and Iowa, and had acknowledged she was considering a run for president.

  12. burro sabio January 11, 2019 4:38 pm

    Tsai the Nice Guy

  13. Chicken Grease January 11, 2019 4:45 pm

    Stephen Tsai
    January 11, 2019 2:14 pm

    Burro Sabio:
    You have to be really nice to someone with access to the list

    Mr. Tsai, you are a nice, sweet, clean cut Asian guy (and sometimes mistakenly get 🏈 darted in da package, heh, not your fault 🤗).

  14. cappie the dog January 11, 2019 4:46 pm


    See, this is the sort of thing I would post.

    I want to respond, but I can’t. This is killing me. Killing me. Killing, killing me.

  15. Akamai Okole January 11, 2019 5:20 pm



  16. SteveM January 11, 2019 6:46 pm

    Welcome Parker Higgins!

    RE: #11 ai-eee-soos

  17. islandman January 11, 2019 7:04 pm

    Cappie, On the UH baseball roster, Add to the All-Names list,
    Scotty Scott; Blaze (Li’i) Pontes (we used to have a Blaze in football), Tyler Best, ( he’s the Best).
    Softball: Chardonnay “Sissy” Pantastico ; Isabella “Izzy” Dino .
    Major and minor leagues:
    Johnny Dickshot; Chicken Wolf; Coco Crisp .
    and try spelling Hekili Keliliki by memory.

  18. Kanole January 11, 2019 7:43 pm

    PBS Hawaii, Long Story Short hosted by Leslie Wilcox. Featuring Eran Ganot. Very interesting. Replay on Sunday or can view on line.

  19. Sangamon Keith January 12, 2019 5:54 am

    I welcome Parker back to the islands. Despite being a walk-on at Arizona State, he showed his mettle and was able to play in a game against San Diego State as a redshirt freshman. Unfortunately, coaching changes do impact walk-ons (a la Rudy at ND) and opportunities to play can become scarce. New start for Parker, a return to Higgins’ tradition at UH!

  20. cappie the dog January 12, 2019 6:31 am

    islandman: There was a name from women’s softball that I can’t say without cringing. You would hear the radio announcer pause, then mispronounce it. They would say the mispronounced name with a questioning lilt in their voice. They wanted that alternate pronounciation to be the right one.

  21. Old School Dave January 12, 2019 7:47 am

    OK, the next UH project should be to raise funds (private sources) and build a multi-level Football Center where Klum Gym stands. They can rename it the “Klum Football Facility” that has a locker room, coaches offices, position meeting rooms, training rooms, equipment room, nutrition center, and of course a 20,000 sq. foot strength facility. There seems to be a “just give em their equipment and a practice field” mentality among UH/State higher ups regarding the football program. Isolation and being thousand of miles away from the nearest MWC school, where they could see what the other schools have, plays into this.

    Looks like even FCS schools are upgrading their facilities like at Weber State (funded by private donors and former athletes):


  22. burro sabio January 12, 2019 9:39 am

    Liberty U is the school to watch. They are putting a lot of money into football.

  23. Na Alii Pride January 12, 2019 10:07 am

    #21 – I seem to remember that one of Ben Jay’s initiatives was to turn Klum into a “performance center”. I heard that they even started to work on it, but the legislature didn’t give the funding to complete it? In any case, I think football has a facility now with meeting rooms, etc. And they re-did the locker room recently. They really need a dedicated weight/training facility for football. I wish they built a Warrior Rec Center for athletics. The one in campus center is for all students, which is great but it’s hard to build a program when you have to wait your turn for the bench with 5 other students. And not to be a party pooper, but how long before that awesome facility deteriorates because of neglect?

  24. Boolakanaka January 12, 2019 10:12 am

    Liberty U is hardly a school, at best, it’s laughable on academics….

  25. clyde January 12, 2019 10:41 am

    #23: I recall Rolo saying that he would like to have a dedicated football complex located at the end of the grass practice field near the dorms. Presumably, it would include offices, weight and training room, etc. Might be a pipe dream, but gotta dream big sometimes.
    Speaking of …
    UNLV coach Sanchez was asked how much of an impact playing in the Raiders’ new football stadium would have on his program. He replied that the bigger impact will come from the school’s Fertita football complex because that’s where players will spend every day as opposed to six or so dates at the stadium. Perhaps it was Sanchez’s way to pitch for donations to complete the complex that was seeded by a $10M (?) pledge from the Fertita brothers, but it made perfect sense.

  26. burro sabio January 12, 2019 10:48 am

    Boolakanaka, sorry, true dat. I mis-wrote. And they have no shame hiring Hugh Freeze.

  27. suckkabooya January 12, 2019 11:11 am

    Baltimore Ravens run first RPO (laid out with UH’s personnel) specific for McDonald’s passing skillset (throwing into tight window contact areas). Since we’re in dream mode.

    10 75 57 60 77 72 Smart
    7 44

    Furuta is essentially the trap blocker, also a pulling pass blocker on roll outs. Keliiliki can motion weak to balance formation (easier for Cole to read) and work the middle to flat (and drag) areas. Insert the two receivers who have decent quickenss/size ratio (to absorb contact and “ball control”). If can, install just one “run first” RPO grouping to maximize Cole’ running ability. Jackson ran for a lot of yards before Chargers scheme adjusted. Just wishing.

  28. suckkabooya January 12, 2019 11:24 am

    I laid the numbers out in a formation, it didn’t come out that way. Furuta is the FB. Keliiliki is an H offset about 1 to 2 yards from OT. Having a grouping “series” such as this one can be used on first down, second and short, or in goal line situations. My opinion is why not have something like this? Only for Cole. Different (conventional) stuff installed for Chevan. Once again just wishing.

  29. ai-eee-soos January 12, 2019 12:22 pm

    #27, #28

    you must diagram the play on paper, with its variations..

    then FAX, or email pdf, to Rolo, Smithy, and Stutz.

    otherwise, I don’t think they understand.


  30. suckkabooya January 12, 2019 2:01 pm

    It’s just the Ravens run first (with the QB as a runner) RPO with UH’s personnel parallel. Nothing hard to understand. You can watch the condensed NFL games on you tube, just in case you need to see it in action. Hey, as long as it’s civil right? Understandable wasn’t in the “terms of service”. lol

  31. ai-eee-soos January 12, 2019 2:11 pm


    ” … Nothing hard to understand. … ”

    some guys get one-track mind – no can understand .


  32. suckkabooya January 12, 2019 2:28 pm

    No need to worry. Just watch Baltimore condensed games (after week 8) on you tube to get an idea of how effective the RPO with a good run/pass QB looks like when the QB is a legit weapon.

  33. burro sabio January 12, 2019 3:18 pm

    Dixie State is going to move up from Division II to FCS (I-A) independent.

  34. ai-eee-soos January 12, 2019 4:00 pm

    Dixie State …

    That’s one more Independent that BY Who can beat up on.

  35. Inyoface January 12, 2019 10:00 pm

    Mahomes throwing like Colt, side arm action. Hopefully the league will realize how effective that throw can be.

  36. burro sabio January 12, 2019 10:56 pm

    Sorry, I meant Dixie State is moving up to FCS (I-AA) independent. Big difference. A chance for a couple more local kids to get scholarships.

  37. cappie the dog January 12, 2019 11:56 pm

    You’re honoring Patsy Mink.

    What a great idea to celebrate Title IX at one in the afternoon.

    Mink’s family is not going to take center court in front of 300 people.

    Laura Beeman tried. She gave a decent speech.

    Title IX is not just about sports. This is rhetorical. I know you know. It’s about protecting women on campus. It’s about having their voices be heard.

    Tia Kanoa’s offensive rebounding was the difference. She played her best game of the season.

    They took care of the ball in the second half.

    Kanoa and Woodfolk played really hard.

  38. Stephen Tsai January 13, 2019 12:31 am

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=48031

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