Warrior Beat: Friday Hawaii football notes

Hawaii's Michael Eletise (76) blocked Bubba Wa'a (67) during a drill on July 29. / Photo by Andrew Lee, Special to the Star-Advertiser

Football pool takes on a different meaning today with the Warriors’ training at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex.

It was a refreshing change for the Warriors, who already conducted three two-hour practices during this bye week.

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A ruling on offensive lineman Michael Eletise‘s eligibility for this season is now back in the NCAA’s jurisdiction.

Eletise transferred from Arizona this summer. He requested a waiver that would allow him to play this season without redshirting. Arizona has signed off on the paperwork for its side. Now the appeal heads to the NCAA for a ruling.

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Wideout Drake Stallworth gave it the ol’ college try. But after not being fully healthy for what is going on a second season, he has opted to medically retire. (Actually, medical disqualification is the NCAA-ish term.) Stallworth is expected to remain on scholarship.

Stallworth is a 2017 graduate of Folsom (Calif.) High. He redshirted in 2017. He did not play in any games last year while rehabbing an injury. He has not participated in a UH practice this year.


  1. justsomeguy August 30, 2019 9:15 am

    Sad to see Dejon Allen get cut by the Packers, he didn’t really get much chance to show his stuff so hopefully they sign him to the practice squad.

    Also, first?

  2. Scott August 30, 2019 9:34 am

    Regarding Michael Eletise’s eligibility…probably won’t get it because he’s transferring to little ol’ Hawaii

    Here is a clip from Scott Van Pelt on Sportcenter regarding the latest NCAA shenigans.

  3. sackkabooya August 30, 2019 9:52 am

    I wish that Stutzmann/Smith can get creative (when an opportunity presents itself) with the second unit O-line guys especially when Kohl comes back. Eletise, Levao, and Sunia, could make a good run blocking/goal line unit. Maybe have Furuta as FB with Reed as RB (and pitch man surprisingly) or maybe even with Stovall in wildcat. Something to get the”eyebrows” raised (in the crowd and around the nation) even more on this program. So many different skillsets now. And a lot of “Beef” up front. Unreal now.

  4. bg August 30, 2019 10:22 am

    @ #3
    booya, firmly agree with the concept. I’ve been thinking the same…using what Boise has done for a long time, and that is using the reserves to practice certain plays until they were uber proficient and then using them in special situations. Kept everyone involved and motivated to practice with special pride in their unit. With the depth we have, the idea has a lot of validity.

  5. ALLAN August 30, 2019 11:01 am


  6. sackkabooya August 30, 2019 11:14 am


    Exactly, just like Boise. Seemed like everybody got included in something. Very creative and “raised eyebrows” around the nation which helped them become one of the elite group of 5 teams. We’ve never had depth like this here before at UH. They need to find a way to utilize everybody. Can do I think. Batoon uses a lot of personnel.

  7. sackkabooya August 30, 2019 11:41 am


    Not just short yardage packages or wildcat packages per se but creative packages in general that will bring further attention to the program (especially from potential recruits) like Boise does. Couldn’t really do something like this before but with the depth now you could make units that could run differing packages series to series. For example…Power run series with FB and H (Furuta and Keliiliki). Power RPO series (like Baltimore Ravens) with Victor as QB. Two back shotgun (Stovall and Reed) to attack edges via counter runs, pitch or flat passes using Uahinui. Or that wildcat package using Stovall. Stuff like that. Just fantasy right now but you never know. Rolo’s “Phase III” maybe.

  8. Inyoface August 30, 2019 11:56 am

    I thought the 2 fumbles were in more crucial drives than the interceptions for some reason. I hate cringing hoping the backs won’t fumble during a run, hope they can fix that.

  9. Maddog50 August 30, 2019 3:16 pm

    I see half price ticket sales for this week-hope this gets the numbers up

  10. Andrew August 30, 2019 3:32 pm


    Numbers will be up but I don’t think up by that much. To get to 30K + I think it might take a bit of a winning streak. Unfortunately too once that streak is broken and they lose, numbers will drop again.

  11. NotNasti August 30, 2019 4:38 pm

    Hawaii people like to gamble. Tie in gambling to the games, like a raffle entry for each ticket bought. Me? I’ll be there, rain or shine.

  12. Andrew August 30, 2019 5:03 pm

    Oregon State moving the ball pretty easily vs Ok State. I hope everyone is not underestimating the beavers based on last year only. Next week will be a tougher game than Arizona I think.

  13. Ran August 30, 2019 5:38 pm

    Does anyone know if Saturday’s practice is open?

  14. Haleakala August 30, 2019 5:55 pm

    I don’t know. Oklahoma State 24, Oregon State 10, 2nd quarter.

  15. izzy August 30, 2019 6:00 pm

    I’d like to see Rolo run a Jet Sweep out of the empty set.

  16. Haleakala August 30, 2019 6:12 pm

    It looks like Dru Brown won’t have a chance to play except in mop up duty. The red shirt freshman is doing a terrific job.

  17. clyde August 30, 2019 7:36 pm

    Nevada gets a 56-yard FG from a freshman kicker as time expires to beat Purdue, 34-31. Good win for the MWC.

  18. Andrew August 30, 2019 7:52 pm


    Would have been better too if Utah State held on.

  19. Haleakala August 30, 2019 8:23 pm

    Dru Brown played in the last minute to hand off two times.
    Oklahoma State 52, Oregon State 36.

  20. Kev-1 August 31, 2019 8:07 am

    Did anyone really think Dru Brown was going to be the starter? He’s a solid back up that could step in and potentially win some games, but he gave up any chance of being a starter when he left Hawaii.

  21. Andrew August 31, 2019 10:17 am


    I don’t think he would have been a starter if he stayed. I think Cole and Chevan would have surpassed him

  22. burro sabio August 31, 2019 10:54 am

    Best of luck to Drake Stallworth and hope you earn your degree soon.

  23. islandman August 31, 2019 11:02 am

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  24. boolakanaka August 31, 2019 11:09 am

    Ursua and Mata’afa , make their clubs! Fun fact—both their dads grew up in Halawa Housing! Cheeeee

  25. R.i.p. Shayandgee August 31, 2019 11:12 am

    I cant wait to see that kid from Monrovia high (michael washington) play that kid is wow

  26. A-House August 31, 2019 4:05 pm

    starting QB for Pittsburgh vs UH at Aloha Stadium was?

    yep, Scott Van Pelt!!!

  27. clyde August 31, 2019 8:08 pm

    Mr. A-House: Think you mean Alex Van Pelt. Scott went to Maryland; not sure if he played football.

  28. H-Man August 31, 2019 10:46 pm

    Oregon St surprised me. They appear to run the same offense as Hawaii. They will be a problem for our secondary.

  29. A-House September 1, 2019 9:14 am

    thanks, Clyde for the correction

  30. bg September 2, 2019 12:51 pm


    Would love it if Allan has accurate info and the team is already practicing creative options for the reserves. That would make sense since the coaches are light years ahead of us. Not concerned about the discussion on the blog. After all, Boise did it for years (and still do) and still made it work. As you point out, the range of possible plays is way too wide for an opponent to spend time prepping. They need all the prep they can get for the A-team.

  31. bg September 2, 2019 1:16 pm

    I believe (not sure) that OreSt tries to run some Air Raid offense and RPO. Can’t remember if they had some 5 wide formations. But, pretty sure Hawaii is the only RnS fcs school on the west coast (maybe in the nation). I’m open to correction.

    OkSt has a fairly weak defense and has to outscore their opponents. OreSt started great but slowed after OkSt made some adjustments on defense and jumped ahead on the scoreboard. The OreSt D-line was ineffective after the 1st quarter.

    Forgive me for repeating myself as I’ve mentioned this before…’Zona has over 900 running yards and 9 or 10 tds against OreSt over the past 2 years. Of course, that doesn’t mean it will happen this year, but it may indicate that OreSt’s defense may be improved and still not be that good.

    ‘Zona led the PAC 12 in rushing the past 2-3 years and had their running back, qb, and 3 of their O-line returning. I was totally impressed with the way Hawaii handled their running game. Also, Luton is nowhere close to Tate’s mobility as a qb. If the Warriors jump ahead early, it should allow the D to unleash the pass rush. I know it’s too early to get sassy after one game, but that’s the joy of the next week after a win!

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