Warrior Beat: Ursua sets training schedule

John Ursua. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

Former UH slotback John Ursua will depart Jan. 12 to train in Arizona ahead of the Warriors’ Pro Day and the 2019 NFL Draft.

Ursua will work out under Chad Ikei, who recently relocated his training business to Arizona.

Ursua said he has healed from a hamstring injury suffered four days before the Dec. 22 SoFi Hawaii Bowl.

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Quarterback Jeremy Moussa‘s decision to transfer was not surprising nor unprecedented. Since 2000, these quarterbacks left the Warriors before their expiration dates:

> Will Brogan
> Dru Brown
> Cole Brownholtz
> Kyle Gallup
> Kevin Gilbride
> Stump Godfrey
> Mike Harrison
> Taylor Humphrey
> Kiran Kepo‘o (medical retirement)
> Steele Jantz
> Corey Nielsen
> Eric Prater
> Beau Reilly
> Jeff Rhode
> Jack Rolovich
> Brandon Satcher
> Cayman Shutter
> Kevin Spain
> Ryan Stickler
> Aaron Zwahlen

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It is well known that UH hoops coach Eran Ganot is history buff, at least when it comes to Rainbow Warrior basketball.

Cal Smith, a former UH assistant coach, attended practice — in wonderment, as gazed around renovated Gym II. Smith was an influential recruiter who is credited with landing Andre Morgan.


  1. Inyoface January 3, 2019 2:59 pm

    Moussa should’ve been put in the Hawaii Bowl game after Chevan.

  2. islandman January 3, 2019 3:37 pm

    Brownholtz transferred to Incarnate Word (FCS) but i don’t see any stats for him in 2018. 2019 will be his last season. There were seven QB’s on the 2018 roster and eight listed for 2019.

  3. iGrokSpock January 3, 2019 4:12 pm

    Interesting, but I don’t recall any of those quarterbacks becoming established in another DI program. FCS or DII maybe.

  4. turfwar January 3, 2019 4:15 pm

    Satcher could have been an exciting player. Very athletic.

  5. kahuna January 3, 2019 4:15 pm

    I think Steele Jantz went on to start at Iowa State. He is probably the most successful of that groupl

  6. Bowwar January 3, 2019 4:29 pm

    Satcher was the most promising and exciting one of the bunch…I recall he had grade problems and ended up playing for a small college. I also wonder how Zwahlen is doing, as he was a Chow recruit.

  7. ai-eee-soos January 3, 2019 4:35 pm

    1. yup – I agree on Satcher.

    2. didn’t one of the QB’s wind up at Maine ?

  8. islandman January 3, 2019 5:28 pm

    8. Zwahlen is at Southern Utah(FCS) which went 1-10 in 2018 from 9-3 in 2017. He played in 5 games with 2 TD’s and 5 INT’s. He will be a senior in 2019.

  9. Akamai Okole January 3, 2019 5:33 pm

    Great Evening All!

    This post and its comments seem pretty bold.


  10. islandman January 3, 2019 5:34 pm

    10. Zwahlen was the QB in the only win of the SU season, vs Sacramento St. They had 5 rushing TD’s and one passing which was by a running back.

  11. Akamai Okole January 3, 2019 5:35 pm

    Would Cal Smith still be able to contort his body into a Datsun P/U to drive it across Kapiolani Blvd.? 😯

  12. Akamai Okole January 3, 2019 5:36 pm

    *buff dat*

  13. Akamai Okole January 3, 2019 5:38 pm

    (Ask me ’bout dat wen it’s not my roll…)

  14. burro sabio January 3, 2019 10:07 pm

    Mike Harrison ended up at LSU but maybe didn’t get any playing time.

  15. H-Man January 4, 2019 1:31 am

    Kahuna, thanks for the tip on Steele Jantz’s playing career. I looked it up and yes, he had a successful career at Iowa St. But I found also a most interesting article about Steele Jantz; an article that is compelling and heartbreaking. See: https://www.widerightnattylite.com/2016/5/2/11513654/steele-jantz-life-is-but-a-dream

  16. wafan January 4, 2019 8:16 am

    Bold first steps in the new year.

    Happy 2019, everyone!

  17. suckkabooya January 4, 2019 9:02 am

    With the loss of Moussa and hearing that the plan was to tone down his arm to accommodate the “system” was to me disappointing to hear. I get that his transfer was probably because of “playing time” concerns (and not because of having to adjust his skills) but in my opinion Coach Rolovich and his offensive staff should make a greater effort to adapt the system to maximize the skills and strengths of the individual playmakers (they have RPO and RnS after all), I think in year two (of the system) it can be done.

    The “system” should be able to be tweaked in a way to allow both Cole and Chevan to utilize skills unique to them. The offense shouldn’t look the same because of their contrasting inabilities (although they are both very mobile but in much different ways). The offense looked exactly the same when either Cole or Chevan was running it against Louisiana Tech. I think next season it shouldn’t. Even the personnel paired with Cole can be different than with Chevan if it maximizes their abilities.

    Alabama did it. Clemson could have done it. Boise does things to maximize the skills of individuals. I think Hawaii can do it.

  18. NorthShoreFan January 4, 2019 9:48 am

    IIRC, UH had a QB who could heave it 75 yards…..from Roosevelt. It’s not about how far, It’s about accuracy, completions and other things. Also heard a term, “catch-able ball”. Jeremy is a good QB who will impress at the JC of choice…then on to a D1 program.

  19. Da Punchbowl Kid January 4, 2019 10:45 am

    H-Man –

    Mahalo for the post about Steele Jantz. What a poignant piece his letter was. A singular blend pro football, nature and the journey of a special soul. Not many like him, I suppose. I once read a poster here describe him as looking like a Greek god upon seeing him at Hawai’i Kai Costco (of all places). I think he would have remained here had JJ not departed. What an interesting pairing of coach and athlete that could have been.

    Happy 2019 to all, especially Steele. Happy to boldly claim that I’m still not a robot, and neither is Steele Jantz, likely.

  20. Da Punchbowl Kid January 4, 2019 11:17 am

    Good luck to John Ursua!

  21. A-House January 4, 2019 2:15 pm

    North Shore Fan — your #20 — his name is Chad Kapanui.

    at Aloha Stadium, we watch him throw the ball 70-80 yards flat footed — what an arm!!!

  22. cappie the dog January 4, 2019 2:53 pm

    I remember Brandon Satcher.

    Wasn’t he supposed to come back after attending junior college?

    He looked like an option quarterback.

  23. cappie the dog January 4, 2019 2:56 pm

    burro sabio-

    I think Rodney Glover was the starting QB the following season.

    I sort of recall him thanking the coaching staff for bestowing him with the honor.

    And then he got the hook after the first or second game. I felt bad for him.

    I thought the coaching staff sort of embarrassed him.

  24. islandman January 4, 2019 3:43 pm

    17. Einstein said “Reality is an illusion … ”
    Others have said Life is an illusion.

  25. NotNasti January 4, 2019 4:03 pm

    ST: Bring out da hammah!

  26. cappie the dog January 4, 2019 5:18 pm

    Oh, man. Steele Jantz is like that guy in “Into the Wild”. Checking Wikipedia….his name was Christopher McCandless, but he went by the name of Alexander Supertramp when he went, well, into the wild. Unfortunately, McCandless died. I hope Jantz is still alive.

    Jantz probably read that damn book by John Krakauer. Sean Penn directed the film. How many people do you think either read the book or saw the film, or both, and decided to go off the grid?

    And there is a Hawaii connection to this Iowa State story. Everybody knows that Mark David Chapman checked out “The Catcher in the Rye” at the Hawaii State Public Library, right?

  27. burro sabio January 4, 2019 5:55 pm

    Cappie’s words rise out from the pit of insanity…

  28. cappie the dog January 5, 2019 5:22 am

    John Ursua is the fortieth best receiver according to Walter Football.

    The capsule-size analysis mentions his size, not age, as a detriment. The website projects him to go in the sixth round.

    It is a shame that Ursua was not younger. With the sort of schedule Hawaii plays this upcoming season, putting up good numbers against the likes of Arizona, Army, Boise State(who will be an angry team after having their bowl game cancelled), and especially, Washington, could move him into the third to fifth rounds. Being considered as a late round pick gives you less room for error of margin. Being projected to go in the third to fifth rounds is a better guarantee that the prospect will get drafted, even if his stock drops. The player has the safety net of going in the late rounds. I wish I had numbers at my disposal so I can answer my next question. Does a free agent have the same, or less of a chance in making a NFL roster than a drafted player who goes in the fifth to seventh rounds? It is a moot point already, but if you are a draftable player who decides to play one more year, do you not just take out an insurance policy in the event of a potential injury? Hawaii does not have a good history of players coming out early. Hopefully, Ursua breaks the streak. And I think he will. Correct me if I am wrong, but is not Jeff Sydner the only UH product who made a NFL roster as a junior? I just wonder if there is a difference between players from Power 5 schools and non-Power 5 schools who skip their senior season. Does the former get the benefit of the doubt, and stand a better chance, since there is the perception that they face superior competition on a week-to-week basis. If you play in the Sun Belt and the draftee has that one great game out of conference, but in the season long interim, face teams of their own ilk, is that enough of a sample size for the draft day war room to pick the player from a non-Power 5 conference over a Power 5 one. Are they snobs? The team that drafts the junior coming out of the Sun Belt, how do you project his performance at the next level based on one or two games? The combine is no substitute for game experience.

    I remember Jeff Sydner at media day. He talked about winning a national championship. Everybody rolled their eyes. That sort of confidence; that is the reason why he defied the odds and played with the Eagles on Sunday.

    Rooting for you, John Urusa!

    If you see a Black German Shepherd walking around Mililani, do not be alarmed. He sleeps with a night light.

  29. cappie the dog January 5, 2019 5:30 am

    Hawaii versus Arizona,

    Albert Einstein versus string theory.

    Pick the winner of each.

    Have a good day.

    To get the German Shepherd to eat, I have to entertain him. I have to lie down in his kennel and put the bowl of kibble on my stomach, talk to him in my dog voice, and stroke his head.

  30. cappie the dog January 5, 2019 5:32 am


    That would look good on my tombstone.

  31. kev-1 January 5, 2019 7:42 am

    So I’m the only one thinking that Steele Jantz is suffering from some sort of mental illness after reading that fake letter?

    The photo shopped fish in the picture was a nice touch too.

  32. Imua808 January 5, 2019 8:16 am

    Auwe! He’s throwing up because fresh water fish are not safe to eat unless fully cooked! No telling what type of mushrooms he’s eating either but sure sound like magic ones.

  33. NorthShoreFan January 5, 2019 10:49 am

    cappie…Wes Welker…5’83/4″. Chargers, Dolphins, Patriots, Broncos and Rams. 175 games, 903 receptions, 9,924 receiving yds.
    Man was like a water bug disappearing among the forest of oline and dline guys, pop up and make the reception/s.
    Ursa can play. Hoping to watch him on Sundays.
    Your dog loves you….lol

  34. Stephen Tsai January 5, 2019 1:14 pm

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=47940

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