Warrior Beat: Good loss for D-tackle

Defensive tackle/nose tackle Doug Russell (left) has lost 45 pounds since last spring/Photo by Stephen Tsai

Doug Russell?

“No, he’s now Russ,” UH head coach Nick Rolovich said. “He lost the ‘ell.'”

Russell looks — and feels — an ‘ell’ of a lot better after dropping 45 pounds from last spring to this spring. Russell, who is 6 feet 5, now weighs 285.

“I’m moving a lot better,” said Russell, a defensive tackle/nose tackle.

Russell said he has been on a conditioning program for quite a while. “I hit a road block,” he admitted. “I was able to break through the road bock and drop the weight down.”

He said the plan is basic: Fewer “sugary stuff,” more cardio work.

He also received motivation from Rolovich, who suggested a move to offensive line.

“It was kind of a booster to get my weight back down,” Russell said. “They don’t want the D-linemen too big.”

On sticking to defense, Russell said: “It’s been my dream to play Division I football at D-tackle.”


  1. ai-eee-soos April 2, 2019 10:39 am


  2. Da Punchbowl Kid April 2, 2019 10:56 am

    Good job, Russ! Looking forward to seeing you play!


  3. SangamonKeith April 2, 2019 10:56 am

    Glad to see Mr. Russell get some praise. I’ve had great expectations for him since we recruited him out of Seattle. Keep up the hard work Russ … we’re all cheering for you!

  4. burro sabio April 2, 2019 11:54 am

    And there’s the answer for those who questioned why “Russ” was sitting. There’s usually a reason.

  5. H-Man April 2, 2019 1:23 pm

    Congrats on the weight loss. Speaks volumes for mental toughness and commitment. Players like this will find their way into the rotation.

  6. Stephen Tsai April 2, 2019 1:26 pm

    They’ve got some nice depth on defense, especially on the defensive line.

  7. Inyoface April 2, 2019 2:05 pm

    It seems like our D-Line has been thin for so long, glad we got some depth in that unit now.

  8. Chicken Grease April 2, 2019 2:31 pm

    I remember Russ Francis and his dad and brother wrestling. Local wrestling in Hawaii. Man. That Missing Link was something. The Avengers would have hard time with him.

  9. Donna Moabanu-Vili April 2, 2019 2:35 pm

    I see you #66. Humble yourself and keep doing your best. Go Bows!

  10. Billy Hull April 2, 2019 3:53 pm

    Here’s a photo gallery from today’s practice: https://www.staradvertiser.com/2019/04/02/photo-gallery/uh-football-practices-manoa-april-2/

  11. iceebear April 2, 2019 6:04 pm

    Russ looks fit, hope it translates into improved skill and playing time. Perhaps senior J.R. Hensley could take a hint with the extra poundage he is apparently carrying, by this summer, turning himself into a lean & mean blocking machine, with NFL potential.

  12. Stephen Tsai April 3, 2019 8:38 am

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=49301

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