Warrior Beat: Nose tackle earns Hawaii football scholarship

Azia Se‘ei. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

Today’s practice had just ended but there was one more point to be made. In the post-practice circle, coach Nick Rolvich awarded a scholarship to nose tackle Azia Se‘ei.

It comes at a perfect time. The help Se‘ei receives through the GI Bill — his father was in the Navy for more than 25 years — was set to expire this summer. Se‘ei is set to earn a bachelor’s degree in May 2020.

Se‘ei also has been playing on the first-team defense in recent practices.

At 5-11 and 275 pounds, Se‘ei has relied on strength (575-pound squat lift) and leverage to maneuver past grasping offensive linemen. “You don’t have to be the biggest guy,” Rolovich said. “You have to be the best version of you that you can be. And he does that every day.”


  1. SteveM April 16, 2019 12:49 pm

    Congrats tp Azia Se‘ei!

  2. ai-eee-soos April 16, 2019 12:50 pm


  3. ai-eee-soos April 16, 2019 12:51 pm

    Congratulations, Azia Se‘ei.

  4. turfwar April 16, 2019 1:17 pm

    Congrats Azia! Well done young man.

  5. Boolakanaka April 16, 2019 1:58 pm

    Vikings flying Ursua up today….

  6. H-Man April 16, 2019 2:12 pm

    So he has moved ahead of Blessman Ta’ala. That’s says a lot. Congrats to Azia Se’ei for being awarded a scholarship.

  7. Aaron April 16, 2019 9:03 pm

    Akpan did play against Xavier as a freshman. He had a great block on David West at the end of the first half. It is too bad he couldn’t keep his spot on the basketball team as they needed him when Milos Zivanovitch left the team.

  8. iGrokSpock April 17, 2019 8:54 am

    A well earned scholarship Mr. Se’ei!

  9. Stephen Tsai April 17, 2019 9:36 am

    New post: https://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=49446

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