Warrior Beat: Hawaii football has head-to-toe trial run

It was helmet day at UH with the Warriors practicing in their game-day helmets. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

In preparation for Saturday’s season opener against Arizona, the Hawaii football team wore their game helmets and game shoes during today’s two-hour practice.

Head coach Nick Rolovich said breaking in the black helmets and Under Armour shoes was a “sign” that the first kickoff was approaching.

“I think the team is fairly mature in that it doesn’t affect them one way or another,” Rolovich said. “I think it’s a subliminal message we’ve got a few more days.”

The Warriors worked on executing the game plan against scout units portraying Arizona’s offense and defense. They also had extended drills involving special teams.

“It’s been fine,” Rolovich said of game week. “It’s coming faster. You always want a little more time to get this in, get that in, get this guy ready, get that guy ready. I can appreciate a lot of the work these guys have put into the program.”

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Head coach Nick Rolovich, receiver Jaden Allen, and Gary Allen talk story following the Warriors’ practice. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

Gary Allen, UH’s career rushing leader, and his wife, Hilda, attended today’s practice. They were here to watch their son, Jaden Allen, a freshman receiver for the Warriors, and attend functions honoring Dick Tomey. Tomey was Allen’s coach at UH.

Jaden Allen did not disappoint. He caught a scoring pass from Boone Abbott against the Warriors’ top defensive unit.


  1. Maddog50 August 20, 2019 3:01 pm

    Arrive in Hon tomorrow. Looking forward to a lot of things but most assuredly the game on Sat.GoWarriors!!

  2. Kapahulu August 20, 2019 3:28 pm

    Go Bows!

  3. NotNasti August 20, 2019 3:32 pm

    Get Jaden Allen a #26 tear away jersey. FYI, my roommate at the time was working for the athletic dept. and said that Gary Allen’s tear away jerseys were nothing more than green t-shirts with the neck collar ribbing/piping removed. It was his job to remove the collar ribbing.

  4. ai-eee-soos August 20, 2019 3:33 pm

    Welcome home to the Warriors and Rainbows of yore.


    BEAT UP them arizona MILDcats !!!

  5. Stephen Tsai August 20, 2019 4:04 pm

    Great memory. The young’uns forgot about his breakaway jerseys

  6. H-Man August 20, 2019 5:33 pm

    Awright Jaden Allen !!! Both he and Boone Abbott will be stars of the future. Noticed Boone received a lot of reps for a freshman (the one practice I attended).

  7. burro sabio August 20, 2019 5:44 pm

    When was Brody Padilla added to the roster? Don’t recall him being mentioned before.

  8. Stephen Tsai August 20, 2019 6:06 pm

    Is he a DB?
    I heard Abe Elimimian say “Brody” had the best hands during s DB drill. Didn’t make the connection. I think there are a couple guys no longer on the roster.

  9. islandman August 20, 2019 7:04 pm

    Adam Jacobsen to Cal Baptist U. of the WAC.

  10. Da Punchbowl Kid August 20, 2019 9:44 pm

    Here it comes…


  11. boolakanaka August 21, 2019 5:41 am

    Brody is a Charger, was all D2 player back in 2016, saw his JC highlight film, I will say this, he likes to hit….

  12. H-Man August 21, 2019 7:27 am

    Nice article this morning paper on Micah Vanterpool and the O-line by Mark Weber.

  13. Stephen Tsai August 21, 2019 8:29 am

    I had forgotten about Vanterpool’s Arizona connection until I was reminded by a reader. Then I acted like it was part of the plan all along.
    Thanks Mr. Anonymous Fan.

  14. burro sabio August 21, 2019 8:48 am

    Brody is listed as a DB.

    Sometimes the hardest part is to notice what isn’t there. I don’t see Dante McGee and Harry Hill on the roster anymore.

  15. iGrokSpock August 21, 2019 9:04 am

    Great to see that Gary Allen is still very much involved with UH after all these years. Best of luck to his son, Jaden.

  16. cappie the dog August 21, 2019 9:15 am

    islandman: Cal Baptist? Time to run over another water hose with the lawnmower. I actually did this after Shamberger stepped on the end line in the Big West Tournament.

  17. Andrew August 21, 2019 10:18 am

    Copied from the MWCconnection site, below are their preseason MWC bowl predictions. Not one thinks Hawaii will be bowling. If Hawaii gets a W on Saturday, that’ll for sure change

    Las Vegas Bowl: Boise State
    Hawaii Bowl: San Diego State
    New Mexico Bowl: Wyoming
    Potato Bowl: Utah State
    Arizona Bowl: Air Force
    Cheez-It Bowl: Fresno State

    Las Vegas Bowl: Fresno State
    Hawaii Bowl: San Diego State
    Arizona Bowl: Air Force
    Cheez-It Bowl: Boise State

    Las Vegas Bowl: Fresno State
    Hawaii: San Diego State
    New Mexico: Nevada
    Potato: Wyoming
    Arizona: Utah State
    Cheez-It Bowl: Boise State

    Las Vegas Bowl: Boise State
    Armed Forces Bowl: Fresno State
    New Mexico Bowl: San Diego State
    Potato Bowl: Utah State
    Arizona Bowl: UNLV
    Frisco Bowl: Wyoming

  18. burro sabio August 21, 2019 10:40 am

    Cappie, Cal Baptist is not a joke school. Kalae Rosario committed to them after initially leaning towards playing for Trap.

  19. burro sabio August 21, 2019 11:07 am

    Take that, Oregon State. False prophets.

  20. Stephen Tsai August 21, 2019 11:20 am

    New post: https://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=50691

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