Warrior Beat: Tuesday tune-up for Hawaii football players

Justice Augafa, who has made the move from running back to safety, is among the leaders of the UH football team's player-run practices. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

For the final week of the off-season training program, the Warriors went through conditioning drills and player-run schemes today on UH’s soccer field. (With the Ching Athletic Complex closed for the installation of the new track, the Warriors have been rotating between the grass soccer and football fields.)

Some shots:

Defensive tackle Kendall Hune
Defensive end Chance Kalaugher
Nose tackle Blessman Ta‘ala
Linebacker Penei Pavihi
Defensive end Jonah Laulu
Wideout Jonah Panoke
Running back Miles Reed
Quarterback Cole McDonald
Quarterback Justin Uahinui
Kicker Ryan Meskell
Punter Stan Gaudion
Quarterback Zach Daniel
Quarterback Boone Abbott
Justin Uahinui
Quarterback Kamalii Akina
Quarterback Chevan Cordeiro
Wideout Jared Smart
Wideout Mikel Ealy
Slotback Melquise Stovall
Safety Ikem Okeke and slotback/wideout Jason-Matthew Sharsh


  1. Warrior Dave July 16, 2019 11:56 am

    Love all the pics ST. Time to get excited about the season!

  2. A-House July 16, 2019 12:13 pm

    that’s a whole lot of QBs in the stable

    anymore coming in for fall practice? move some to another position?

  3. Stephen Tsai July 16, 2019 12:29 pm

    I think they’re done at six QBs.

  4. sackkabooya July 16, 2019 12:42 pm

    Opposing TE’s have always given UH’s defense real problems throughout the years. It was usually because of mismatches in size and/or speed. Even our best safeties (Klaneski, Manners, Henderson, Nate Jackson, Silva, Torres, etc,) were exposed vs TE’s (aside from Nate Jackson’s big hit vs UTEP). But I think we got two guys who can cover AND tackle TE’s in this secondary in Hicks and Okeke. Okeke was a little overaggressive early in the season last year and gave up some big plays. He fixed it later and was pretty reliable. Hicks was opposite. Kind of too passive and soft early but got in a comfort zone and became really reliable later in the season. Expecting REAL reliability covering the mid-level from both of them this season. Awesome. Can do.

  5. turfwar July 16, 2019 12:44 pm

    Laulu gets some lift on his hops. Nice athlete for a big guy.

  6. sackkabooya July 16, 2019 12:53 pm

    2019 O-line starting to resemble 2007 O-line in my opinion. Seems deep to me.
    Moore = Kia
    Levao = Hercules
    Vaipulu = Samson
    Manning = Steinhoff
    Tuulima = Estes (finesse guys)
    Hensley = Hisatake
    Nuuanu-Kuhiiki = Ginlack
    Sunia = Ieru

  7. Da Punchbowl Kid July 16, 2019 12:54 pm

    Nice pics!

    Look, look! See WARRIORS! See Warriors WORK! Work, Warriors, work!


  8. H-Man July 16, 2019 1:16 pm

    Looks like Chevan put on a lot of upper body muscles. Whole team looks in great shape. Nice pics. Thanks ST. Beat Arizona!!! Go Warriors!!!

  9. A-House July 16, 2019 3:02 pm

    men’s BB — O Cheng expressed in UH for his choice of college

    anyone know if Ganot made contact to check him out for 2020?

  10. wafan July 16, 2019 3:06 pm

    Kaizen, ‘Bows!

  11. QBA808 July 16, 2019 3:22 pm

    Don’t sleep on QB Justin fans, that one has swift cannon arm, and good size… ST can vouche for that! 👍

  12. Boolakanaka July 16, 2019 3:39 pm

    With all due respect, our best safeties were as follows: Blaine Gaison, Keoni Jardine, Mark, Kent and Kurt Kafenztis and Rich Miano.

  13. Stephen Tsai July 16, 2019 4:31 pm

    Don’t forget Gene Pryor, who exited spring ball as the No. 1 right tackle.

  14. burro sabio July 16, 2019 6:40 pm

    Mr. A-House, based on height alone, Riley would have offered a scholarship to Derek Grace. I don’t think he did.

  15. HawaiiMongoose July 16, 2019 8:32 pm

    13. I’ve liked Pryor since UH signed him. He’s got good size for a lineman (6’3” 305) but is also an acomplished all-around athlete. In high school he lettered all four years in football, basketball and track and was not only first team all-conference in football but also second team all-conference in hoops and won regional championships in shot put and discus. His JC football program struggled but in local newspaper articles he came across as upbeat, dedicated to his teammates and serious about his classroom work. I hope he has a great fall camp and becomes a productive contributor to this season’s o-line.

  16. sackkabooya July 16, 2019 8:35 pm


    You’re right, I was framing it toward the run and shoot era. All great safeties then and now Lots of struggles with TE’s but great memories of defenses of the past.

  17. sackkabooya July 16, 2019 8:53 pm

    Sorry. I mixed up Pryor and Moore. But you can see 2019 o-line shaping into form. Very similar to 2007.

  18. Inyoface July 16, 2019 9:39 pm

    Looking for big things from Blessman this year, braddah is a run stopper. We are stacked this year.

  19. sackkabooya July 16, 2019 11:28 pm

    To add to the 2019 O-line depth. Hard to believe the legit bodies available.

    Samson Satele wasn’t on the 2007 team but he’s a close comparison to Vaipulu so I included him there. NFL future for him too I’m sure. Awesome

  20. Kelvin Kawamura July 16, 2019 11:46 pm

    #12 Boo, What about one of my favorite players from waaay baack. Jeris White who played pro for 9 years and is in the UH Hall of fame. I forgot his team mate at safety was a local player who was also pretty good. One of the best hitters at safety was a transfer with a lot of honors and I can’t remember his name. Maybe later.

  21. Stephen Tsai July 16, 2019 11:58 pm

    It’s hard to believe that with all the defections,medical hardships and graduations, the Warriors were down to five healthy offensive linemen for the 2018 Spring Game.
    Thanks to strong recruiting and development, the Warriors are now three-deep on the O-line.

  22. sackkabooya July 17, 2019 12:06 am

    I’m hoping Augafa can contribute to the special teams
    “gunners” punt and kickoff coverage units in some way. I don’t know how his tackling skills are, maybe some rust. But he is such a versatile player, maybe he could show he has NFL abilities from special teams prowess. He got in the “dog house” little while for fumbling some but it was from trying to hard to make a play I think. Not anything abilities related. I think he showed some raw talent and athleticism that may be special. I hope he can reach that next, higher level. Can do I think, Awesome versatility.

  23. sackkabooya July 17, 2019 12:22 am

    Mr Tsai,

    It is quite a transformation in such a short period of time. Hard to get a firm grip on the process. Trusting Freshmen last year had a lot to do with it I think. Many Coaches might have redshirted them. But It seems that was the “Foundation” of this O-line transformation. Plus lots of hard work at every level, top to bottom, players to coaches. All of them. Amazing. Hard to believe. Awesome to see.

  24. Da Punchbowl Kid July 17, 2019 10:19 am

    Regarding the O-line, the five I saw at the spring game looked big and athletic. It looks like we’ve got some quality recruits at those positions, so yeah, expecting a big improvement there.

    I’m so excited for the start of camp and the season.


  25. Stephen Tsai July 17, 2019 10:57 am

    New post: https://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=50225

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