Warrior Beat: Sharsh, Furuta, Padello, Se‘ei picked as Hawaii football captains

Two Mililani HIgh graduates — running back Dayton Furuta and rush end Kaimana Padello — were selected by teammates as team captains for this football season. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

Three former walk-ons and a grayshirt have been selected as the Hawaii football team’s captains.

After today’s practice in Manoa, head coach Nick Rolovich announced the selections of slotback Jason-Matthew Sharsh, running back Dayton Furuta, rush end Kaimana Padello and nose tackle Azia Se‘ei. Rolovich said the picks were made in voting by the UH players.

Each of the captains is a senior.

Sharsh, a 2015 Moanalua High graduated, redshirted in his first UH season in 2017 while recovering from an ankle injury he suffered at Santa Barbara City College.

Jason-Matthew Sharsh

“I had a few times when I first came out here I wanted to quit,” Sharsh said. “It was kind of hard. I was really out of shape. I kept at it. That’s something my mom always taught me. She said to be committed in whatever I do. I stayed committed, and worked hard.”

Sharsh played in 11 games in 2018, starting three, including the SoFi Hawaii Bowl.

Furuta, a 2014 Mililani High graduate, joined the Warriors in January 2015 as a grayshirt. He initially played linebacker before moving to H-back and then to running back last season.

“Nothing really changes,” Furuta said of his selection. “I still need to continue to be a leader, grow as a leader, and I think I need to encourage others to fulfill that leadership role, as well.”

Padello, a 2016 Mililani High graduate, has developed into a chaos-causing pass rusher. In his first three seasons, 44.1 percent of Padello’s tackles have been in the backfield. Padello was awarded a scholarship last year.

On being named captain, Padello said: “I’m glad for the recognition from the team that they see me in that light. I’ve still got to work hard. Nothing changes.”

Se‘ei grew up mostly in Honolulu’s Salt Lake area. But he moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, as a high school sophomore to help care for a relative. He graduated from West High, then attended William Penn University. He transferred to UH in 2017, spending that season as a redshirt, and then played in nine games, including the final seven in a row, in 2018. In April, he was awarded a scholarship.

Nose tackle Azia Se‘ei


  1. Whitey August 5, 2019 1:00 pm

    Great captain selections.

  2. NorthShoreFan August 5, 2019 1:16 pm

    A really tough road but they are committed. Quality young men for sure!

  3. Stephen Tsai August 5, 2019 1:48 pm

    Depending on Padello’s height, this might be the first time each of the captains is under 6 feet.

  4. NorthShoreFan August 5, 2019 2:16 pm

    Under 6′?… Nice, proves still can be leaders of men. These kids got a lot of “insides” that matter the most. This is why we’ll have a good season!

  5. H-Man August 5, 2019 2:27 pm

    I was thinking the same thing (all under 6’), but hesitated. I thought maybe JR or Cole on offense; Eugene Ford on defense. But the four selected is a good group.

  6. ai-eee-soos August 5, 2019 2:35 pm

    Congratulations to the Captains-elect.


    BEAT UP them arizona MILDcats.

  7. ai-eee-soos August 5, 2019 2:36 pm

    A writer’s preview of Hawaii’s season.


  8. 808WARRIORFAN August 5, 2019 2:42 pm

    “3 FORMER WALK-ONS” … Now that is simply AWESOME … !!!!!

  9. Inyoface August 5, 2019 3:29 pm

    Anybody have an unofficial depth chart?

  10. Da Punchbowl Kid August 5, 2019 4:35 pm

    Small Warriors! Big Warriors! Warriors all! All Warriors! GO WARRIORS!!!

    Send out small captains before each big whoopin’!

  11. Stephen Tsai August 5, 2019 8:14 pm

    It’s fluid, as they like to say. For instance, I’m not really sure who the No. 1 back is. All four guys get a lot of reps. Maybe they go committee.

  12. Akamai Okole August 6, 2019 5:31 am

    Great Morning All!

    Who needs Four Horsemen? We get Four Warrior Mustangs!


    How many days til kick-off? I stay hungree! :mrgreen:

  13. Akamai Okole August 6, 2019 5:35 am

    All da keeds wen back skoo yesterday; was kinda quiet.

    Da market wen tank yesterday; was real quiet at McDonoz, too. 😯

  14. H-Man August 6, 2019 9:39 am

    ST has gone over the 1s and 2s on offense. And when he says fluid, he’s talking mainly about the defense. The defense is comprised of packages. Different packages are inserted based on what the DC thinks the offense is running.

  15. Inyoface August 6, 2019 11:26 am

    Gotta play a mistake free game with no fumbles on runs to win. Easier said then done but gotta secure the rock.

  16. Inyoface August 6, 2019 11:30 am

    Hopefully turn it up in the second half if in the lead. Almost lost to San Diego State and Colorado State last year by taking the foot off the pedal.

  17. SteveM August 6, 2019 12:47 pm

    Hey Whitey, belated congratulations on your your family!

    Re: #8
    808WARRIORFAN — is that you from 2013? Long time no see!

  18. ai-eee-soos August 6, 2019 12:52 pm

    Irrelevant kine news …

    Shane Victorino going into da pakalolo busines …..

    ENJOY !!!

  19. turfwar August 6, 2019 1:55 pm

    Victorino going into the HEMP business. No THC. Only CBD which is the medicinal side of marijuana or the actual hemp business which makes things like clothing or paper products which saves trees. Hemp grows wild in parts of the midwest.

  20. Stephen Tsai August 6, 2019 2:38 pm

    New post: https://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=50500

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