Warrior Beat: Green switches to defense

James Green is moving from wideout to cornerback in advance of the Dec. 22 SoFi Hawaii Bowl. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

One of the benefits of the extra bowl practices — player evaluations — is discovering a first-year Warrior who might be best suited for another position.

After showing his speed and athleticism, James Green today was moved from wideout to cornerback.

“He showed up when we flipped him,” head coach Nick Rolovich said. “We think he has some skill set that may be able to help us at that position. Right now he’s going to stay there.”

This is final-exam week for UH-Manoa students. The Warriors are limiting this week’s practices to about 90 minutes each.

The commencement ceremony is on Saturday.


  1. A-House December 10, 2018 1:09 pm

    we goin sta go Hawaii Bowl — UH will win!!!

  2. A-House December 10, 2018 1:17 pm

    winning last tree games of 2018 including HAWAII BOWL — great lead in to 2019 with Arizona, Oregon St, and Washington as the first tree (3) games

    mega bucks donation to a school athletic department — spread out over 10 or 15 years with equal payments annually? for athletes only such as equipment, uniforms, etc. — no facilities or salaries as that’s the responsibility of the state and institution

    here w go again – pouring rain down to upper Nuuanu, Makiki, Manoa valley, but total sunshine to the ocean

  3. Da Punchbowl Kid December 10, 2018 2:43 pm

    Liked the idea of switching players around when coach did it in practice! Gonna look for Green on defense.

    12 days to the grand finale!

  4. Da Punchbowl Kid December 10, 2018 2:43 pm

    Howdy A-house!

  5. haka December 10, 2018 3:00 pm

    Jump de-fence!
    Sometimes the turf is greener on the other side!
    Go Green!
    Go Warriors!

  6. haka December 10, 2018 3:40 pm

    See a Cortez…


  7. seewhy December 10, 2018 3:48 pm

    Interested to see what Green can do in game.

  8. ai-eee-soos December 10, 2018 4:26 pm


    ACE them EXAMS !!!

  9. cappie the dog December 10, 2018 6:56 pm

    I sat next to a UH baseball player in an English class and he told me that some of the credits from his former school were not in simpatico with UH’s curriculum.

    Is this a problem with a lot of student-athletes?

    Did Hawaii’s bureaucracy ever prevent a player of note from playing here?

  10. seewhy December 10, 2018 7:13 pm

    RE: #9

    Yes, it is a big problem for all transferring students. Not just student athletes. Had a relative go 3 years on the mainland, only to come back home for his senior year. UH accepted just about 1 semester of credits. Had to do another 3 years at Manoa before getting his bachelor’s. Guess the University is that desperate for money.

  11. islandman December 10, 2018 8:11 pm

    UH is No. 2 nationally with 13 50+-yard passing plays behind only Alabama’s 15.
    Of UH’s 13 50+ yard plays, nine resulted in touchdowns,
    (Hawaii Bowl Guide, p 4)i

  12. Inyoface December 10, 2018 10:21 pm

    Why are the guys on 1420 so mad that guys on the mainland mispronounce Tua’s last name? I think they sound ok considering they never lived in he pacific. I bet we mispronounce African, Polish or Greeks names to them even if we think we’re pronouncing it correctly.

  13. Winning December 11, 2018 12:10 am

    Cappie- the list is long and far reaching.

  14. H-Man December 11, 2018 9:06 am

    Yes, Good News !!! Congrats to coaching staff to get DB Cortez Davis.

  15. suckkabooya December 11, 2018 11:15 am

    When you watch the videos of Hawaii’s defensive coverages the problem is speed. The instincts are there. Technique is not bad (when the field is short the coverage good) generally. But you can see the potential for Batoon’s scheme being successful, he just needs one or two positions with a little more speed to pause the opposing QB from looking deep. Looking for the right fit for his pieces. That’s all.

    Farris is a good 5 second coverer. Ford is pretty good until the ball is in the air, he has his trouble closing. Okeke has an unreal motor but has his problems with angles while in “centerfield”. And Hicks is really developing as disruptive, aggressive midfield attacker but he is a “catch and tackle” coverer (plays the man not the ball). The pieces are good. Insert someone with speed in this secondary and all the pieces will fall into place I think.

    Once Batoon and Logo can develop an edge rusher at “Sam” opposite Padello (Kaimana has to work on getting comfortable playing in space off season) then the “sky’s the limit” for this defense (with the insertion of speed). Anything you can imagine. Anything. Just the work has to put in off season with so many returning pieces. Good pieces. Just looking for the right fit. Adding Cortez, Green III, and Washington (grayshirt?) should help take them to a different level. Terrific.

  16. ai-eee-soos December 11, 2018 3:18 pm

    might be old news … from MWC news.

    JUCO DB Harrell Blackmon was offered by Hawaii

  17. ai-eee-soos December 11, 2018 3:21 pm

    might be old news … from MWC news.

    QB Boone Abbott visited Hawaii
    JUCO LB Quinn Perry visited Hawaii

  18. ai-eee-soos December 11, 2018 3:26 pm

    as mentioned previously on this blog …

    USC has reportedly hired Boise State DL Coach Chad Kauha’aha’a

  19. NotNasti December 11, 2018 4:34 pm

    Boone Abbot . . . taller Mckenzie Milton?

  20. NorthShoreFan December 11, 2018 5:07 pm

    NotNasti…sure looks like it…

  21. cappie the dog December 11, 2018 6:30 pm

    UH-Hilo might be better than Mississippi Valley State.

  22. Stephen Tsai December 11, 2018 8:26 pm

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=47744

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