Warrior Beat: Lessons from 2018 camp

Slotback John Ursua is back — and so are the black helmets and jerseys. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

After 20 practices spread over 23 days, the Warriors completed training camp yesterday and are prepared for game week. But before packing away the sun screen — OK, the sun screen can still stay — and figuring out different ways to get KK Padello on the interview list, here’s what we learned from camp:

> Age does not matter: Freshmen created some of the loudest buzz. Quarterbacks Jeremy Moussa and Chevan Cordeiro proved they could make the jump from high school, offensive tackles Ilm Manning and Solo Vaipulu were taking first-team reps, and nose tackle Blessman Taala continued his outstanding play since joining in January. Also, keep an eye on safety Alaka‘i Mashima, who aced the walk-on tryout in the spring. Mashima is noted for chasing down Cedric Byrd in a scrimmage-like session. Sure, he had the angle, but perseverance is perseverance.

> Ready to go: For years, we’ve heard about Boise State’s perfect attendance during summer workouts and blah, blah, blah. But UH also was near perfect in offseason participation with eligible players. The lone exception was a player training with an Olympic team. That definitely counts as an excused absence. The Warriors appeared to be fit entering training camp.

> New tradition: The koa plaque and accompanying picture of Polynesian warriors … there’s nothing like starting each practice with chicken skin.

> Grown man’s sport: For years, we’ve heard about Boise State’s tradition of not staying in hotels the night before home games and blah, blah, blah. But Nick Rolovich also has trusted his experienced players to stay in off-campus apartments, if they wish, during training camp. Comfort is comfort, and trust is trust. No player was late because of an alarm not sounding in his off-campus home.

> Mind does matter: As part of an exercise in positive thinking, a player was asked to rip a phone book in half. He could not. But Oli Vea, the team’s video coordinator, used a secret she was taught from a motivational speaker to dissect the phone book.

> Secret room: So, while the rest of you fans are sweating in the sweltering weather, there’s a hidden field-level area at Aloha Stadium where certain-level Na Koa donors can chill. (Yes, it is air conditioned.) So, sign up now.


  1. Boolakanaka August 19, 2018 9:11 am

    Sole, i te numera tasi!

  2. Warrior Dave August 19, 2018 10:14 am

    So it looks the fans will see a lot of young talent in the field this year. I’m hoping senior leaders like Mr. Tavai helps them grow quickly.

  3. NorthShoreFan August 19, 2018 12:18 pm

    Just a defensive fan. Stop them and let the O go for it! Like the D side of the game more. O takes a lot more to get insync.

  4. Uncle Joey Calles August 19, 2018 1:11 pm

    Moooouuuuusa!!! The future is now!!! Unleash the Mooooooose!

  5. Stephen Tsai August 19, 2018 3:05 pm

    So, we’ve got chants of Mooooose for Moussa and Frooooot for Furuta.
    Any others?
    Chevan with Techron?
    Chevan on seven drill?

  6. Jonj August 19, 2018 3:53 pm

    We should chant bless you whenever taala makes a big play

  7. Da Punchbowl Kid August 19, 2018 4:17 pm

    Love it all!



  8. Travis Chock August 19, 2018 6:26 pm

    That is the worst looking VIP room I’ve ever seen.

  9. tom-warriornation August 19, 2018 6:42 pm

    yes; I can’t wait til the season starts this Sat! Go Warriors!

    Still got road game tix at Army, SJSU and SDSU; sitting with over 100 other UH fans as close to the Hawaii bench as possible. text Tom at 415-324-0585.

  10. tom-warriornation August 19, 2018 6:46 pm

    Looking forward to what these freshmen, new players and new coaches can do! Also our R & S!

  11. tom-warriornation August 19, 2018 6:47 pm

    where is everyone today?

  12. ADG August 19, 2018 7:01 pm

    Hell yeah, Warriors. Let’s smack Colorado State Rams in the mouth. No holding back. In Rolo we trust!!

  13. burro sabio August 19, 2018 7:19 pm

    #12 – who?

  14. Luki August 19, 2018 7:23 pm

    #13. LOL!

  15. Petey808 August 19, 2018 7:33 pm

    Drew who???

  16. Akamai Okole August 20, 2018 4:57 am

    Great Morning All!

    There’s a storm comin’


  17. Boolakanaka August 20, 2018 7:14 am

    Escapes me why you would transfer out to be a backup, after you have started for two years. It’s not like he transferred to Bama or Clemson and wanted an inside track to a national title. That said, like a great deal of life, we don’t know all the facts behind the scene and the actual motivation. In my guesstimate opinion, he would have been better off going to Linfield or the sorts, and have the opportunity to play every week and produce more film….but, to each his own.

  18. islandman August 20, 2018 8:06 am

    “Physical superiority cancels all theory.” Blangiardi saying what he learned from Larry Price.
    One of the ways the Run N Shoot can be stymied.

  19. coach db August 20, 2018 8:27 am

    Who’s the starting QB?

  20. Buffoman August 20, 2018 8:40 am

    Did that ball player that went to Clemson, then transferred somewhere West get drafted? Did not play here so I cannot recall his name, sorry.

  21. NotNasti August 20, 2018 9:20 am

    Buffo: Scott Pagano signed a free agent contract with Seattle, but I do not see his name on their roster.

  22. H-Man August 20, 2018 9:54 am

    I think Dru did quite well in being named the back-up QB. It was a good decision to transfer. He will learn more from a different coaching staff and have a chance to play in a few Big12 games. Maybe against the likes of Oklahoma and Texas. Good places to make a name.

  23. Da Punchbowl Kid August 20, 2018 11:01 am

    What matters most is the QBs we have here. I am soooo excited to see what happens on Saturday in Colorado. Dats it!


  24. Captain Ron August 20, 2018 12:19 pm

    #24 plus 1 – me too!!

  25. Boolakanaka August 20, 2018 12:36 pm

    And from what I hear, although he will get playing time, Dylan Collie has not cracked the starting lineup….

  26. SteveM August 20, 2018 12:47 pm

    RE: #8
    Agreed, but what counts here is location, location, location. 🙄

  27. Jack Flash August 20, 2018 12:48 pm

    We used to call him “butterfingers” Collie. Lol. Good luck.

  28. DaveLetterMan August 20, 2018 1:02 pm

    Hope you’re ok, ST.

  29. Stephen Tsai August 20, 2018 1:49 pm

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=46477

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