Warrior football: Pre-camp notes

As the Warriors prepare to open training camp on Wednesday, here are some things to note:

• The Warriors report on Wednesday. The first practice is Thursday, beginning at 6:30 a.m. These are the practices that will be open to the general public:
> Thursday, July 27, 6:30 a.m.
> Friday, July 28, 6:30 a.m.
> Saturday, July 29, 6:30 a.m.
> Monday, July 31, 6:30 a.m.
> Tuesday, Aug. 1, 6:30 a.m.
> Wednesday, Aug. 2, 6:30 a.m.
> Thursday, Aug. 3, 6:30 a.m.
> Friday, Aug. 4, 6:30 a.m.
> Saturday, Aug. 5, 6:30 a.m.

• The Warriors released the training-camp roster: Roster
Because of the NCAA training-camp limit, players not listed will be joining on Aug. 21, the first day of the fall semester when rosters are permitted to expand. All of the new 2017 scholarship recruits will join the Warriors this year.

• Notable changes to roster:
> Slotback Nic Tom is retiring from football because of a recurring hip injury.
> Offensive lineman Josh Hauani‘o will medically retire.
> Cornerback Kayson Smith-Bejgrowicz will focus on engineering studies this semester and rejoin the Warriors next year.
> Offensive tackle Austin Webb will not play this season while recovering from a leg infection.
> Running back Mel Davis is not expected to play this season while recovering from a knee injury.
> Offensive lineman Elijah Tupai, who is in good academic standing, decided to forgo his senior season to take care of family matters.
> Tight end Sione Kauhi is no longer on the team.
> Offensive tackle Kingjames Taylor is no longer on the team
> Defensive tackle Ka‘aumoana Gifford is suspended for this season.
> Defensive end Jamie Tago was dismissed from the team.

• The UH athletic department is collecting donations to assist defensive tackle Kalepo Naotala and his family. (Naotala, who was seriously injured in an accident off Waikiki Beach on July 1, has been transferred to a hospital in Colorado that specializes in spinal injuries.) Donations may be made at any Bank of Hawaii location. In addition, checks should be made payable to the “Friends of Kalepo Naotala Fund.”
> Friends of Kalepo Naotala Fund
Account number: 0082094687
Bank of Hawaii-Moiliili Branch 049
2470 S. King Street
Honolulu, HI. 96826


  1. tom July 22, 2017 8:27 am


  2. al July 22, 2017 8:31 am


    An excellent pick up. We beat out San Diego State.

  3. al July 22, 2017 8:37 am

    Really was looking forward to seeing Nic Tom on the field. He might have been a Chad Owens re-mix.

  4. Stephen Tsai July 22, 2017 8:44 am

    Augafa will be in training camp. He and KK Padello were inadvertently left off the list

  5. kapakahi July 22, 2017 9:10 am

    Good luck to Nic Tom!

  6. kapakahi July 22, 2017 9:12 am


    Josiah Maama?

  7. kapakahi July 22, 2017 9:15 am


    Aoese “AJ” Oto-Lemamea?

  8. Bryson July 22, 2017 11:23 am

    Disappointed to lose a few warriors before training camp,best of luck to them in their future endeavors and a quick and speedy recovery to the injured ones

  9. tom-warriornation July 22, 2017 11:40 am

    UH at UCLA football game on Sept 9.

    7 weeks from now!

    Come join our group of almost 400 UH fans on the Hawaii side line in Sections 6H, 7H & 8L; 10-54 rows up around the 5 to 20 yard line. these sections are closer to the field as this stadium curves in & this is where visiting fans sit. This stadium has 77+ rows so this are great seats closer to the field. let me know if you want these tix as I had to pay for these upfront. Text me at 415-324-0585. Prices are $69 or $89 (Sect 6H). These seats have backs (not benches).


  10. 808WarriorFan July 22, 2017 11:41 am

    A “bunch” of those names would’ve contributed this year … next man up …

    Can’t wait for the season to start … just bought my season tickets …


  11. Stephen Tsai July 22, 2017 12:34 pm

    Oto needs another semester before he can transfer to a Division I school.

  12. kapakahi July 22, 2017 2:37 pm

    Losing 4 scholie OL (Taylor, Tupai, Hauani’o, Webb) leaves only 12 scholie OL entering Fall Camp.

    OL will definitely be a top recruiting priority for the Class of 2018……since 4 more scholie OL (Allen, Wa’a, Norman, Posa) will be done after this coming season. Hopefully can land the top local Class of 2018 HS OL (Uluave, Veikoso, Hatchie).

    DE will also be a top recruiting priority for the Class of 2018…….with Tago dismissed……and Meffy & Manoa done after this coming season. Hopefully can land the top local Class of 2018 HS DE (Emmsley, Welch).

  13. Akamai Okole July 22, 2017 5:15 pm

    6:30 a.m.

    Antemeridian…aka early.

    Das it

  14. ai-eee-soos July 23, 2017 1:40 am

    Good morning

    Rolovich intent on winning MWC with this team’s personnel.

    “and we will do it on defense”

    Long article by ST in SA. preview of team.

  15. jr July 23, 2017 4:23 am

    don’t see blessman ta’ala on roster

  16. cappie the dog July 23, 2017 6:33 am

    After a rough opening debut, Kyle Von Ruden is making the most of his second chance.

    In six starts, watch his ERA shrink: 15.75, 13.00, 10.29, 7.29, 5.93, 4.98.

    Josh Rojas hit three home runs in two games. In the first game, he went 4-5 with two home runs and six RBIs. Rojas, in a three-game span, was hitting as if he was on a WAC road trip.

  17. Old School Dave July 23, 2017 8:21 am

    Player attrition is common for all teams in a rugged game. UH will be fine with the talent upgrades that are taking place.

    Looking forward to bigger and better things under Coach Rolo in 2017. Gotta avoid that “Soph Jinx” that often hits teams on the rise. This team could eventually make all this talk of a 35,000 seat stadium modeled after Boise State a moot point. I see no reason not to build a 50,000 stadium made from concrete with all of the modern features (luxury boxes). Reminds me of when Legislators were pulling for s 4,000 arena in the UH Lower Campus before the SSC was eventually built. Mahalo to the late UH AD Stan Sheriff for setting them straight.

  18. Maddog50 July 23, 2017 10:22 am

    Old School Dave-from one Dave to another, could not be said any better! GoWarriors!!!!

  19. Maddog50 July 23, 2017 10:33 am

    Nice coverage today by Stephen-two OL were not mentioned Emil and Eperone. Based on Eperone’s fr. year unless there’s something I don’t know he will have an impact. Emil was specifically brought in I think to make the depth chart. The other youngsters are gonna have to buck up real quick. Same thing on DL. 3 or 4 newbies including rs better be ready to rev up the engines. The lost players I certainly have an opinion-Wolfpack and KG are losses and I will leave it at that-GoWarriors!!!!!

  20. Stephen Tsai July 23, 2017 1:49 pm

    Emil Graves and Eperone Moananu should be good to go.
    Graves was competing work on a class last week.

  21. Stephen Tsai July 23, 2017 1:50 pm

    One final note: Tyrus Tuiasosopo, who did not complete in spring training or the offseason conditioning program, is no longer on the team.

  22. Stephen Tsai July 23, 2017 1:50 pm

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=44193

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