2 former Warriors have CFL hopes

Former UH linebackers Julian Gener and Lance Williams are setting their pro aspirations to the north.

Gener was invited to a tryout with the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday in Oakland. Williams, who participated in the BC Lions’ mini-combine this past weekend in Seattle, is awaiting word on whether he will be invited to training camp.

“Hopefully, it all turns out well,” Gener said.

Saskatchewan offensive coordinator Mike Scheper invited Gener to the audition. As Portland State’s coach in 2013, Scheper tried to recruit Gener.

Gener said he now weighs 222, six pounds heavier than his pro-day weight on March 22.

“I’ve been eating better,” Gener said. “I feel I’ve been working out a lot harder.”

Williams also has added what he termed “good weight” the past few months. He weighed 225 during the 2015 season, 230 at pro day, and 235 at the Lions’ combine. If invited to training camp, which begins May 25, his target weight would be 240 pounds.

Williams competed at rush end during the Lions’ combine. Robin Ross, the Lions’ defensive line coach, and UH d-line coach Legi Suiaunoa were on the same Western Washington staff for three years.

Williams also has received help from Lions’ linebacker Solomon Elimimian, who is UH’s career leader in tackles. Elimimian and Williams train under Chad Ikei.

“Solomon is a good person,” Williams said. “He works hard. I appreciate everything he does for the local kids.”

Julian Gener at pro day
Julian Gener at pro day

Height: 5-11
Weight: 222
Hand: 8 5/8 inches
Reach: 29 5/8 inches
Wing span: 73 1/2 inches
Vertical jump: 34 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 6 inches
Bench press: 17 reps of 225 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.69 seconds
Pro agility: 4.70 seconds
L-drill: 7.18 seconds

Lance Williams at pro day
Lance Williams at pro day

Height: 6-0 1/8
Weight: 235
Hand: 9 1/8 inches
Reach: 31 1/2 inches
Wing span: 76 1/2 inches
Vertical jump: 32 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet
Bench press: 21 reps of 225 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.69 seconds
Pro agility: 4.45 seconds
L-drill: 7.33 seconds


  1. cheepono May 4, 2016 9:36 am

    any word on that hawaii exemption from the NCAA?

  2. truegreen May 4, 2016 9:36 am


  3. cheepono May 4, 2016 9:36 am

    how bout status of muti? still set on coming to UH?

  4. Pupule May 4, 2016 9:37 am

    Ekahi !



  5. cheepono May 4, 2016 9:37 am

    and congrats to both gener and williams on keeping the dream alive!

  6. Pupule May 4, 2016 9:38 am


    Eha !!

  7. truegreen May 4, 2016 9:40 am

    good question cheepono. if it did pass, it’s shocking that it hasn’t gotten any coverage locally. that could be more of a game changer than any single recruit if leveraged well. with clear vision, possibilities are endless. pac 14?

  8. Da Punchbowl Kid May 4, 2016 10:36 am

    Good luck to the Warriors looking for a place to play up north. One need only look at the success of other former Warriors in the CFL to see the potential there.

    Wish the best for Gener and Williams.


  9. NorthShoreFan May 4, 2016 10:37 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…Bootiful Day!
    small kine Ua right now but no need to do gardening…just got to clean up all da leaves on da ground. mangoes good to have but plenty rubbish.

    anyhoo, Good Luck to JG & LW! Keep the dream going!..IMUA!

  10. oldie May 4, 2016 11:08 am

    If it’s true that Tua is going to Bama and Hawaii has been granted the extended season, then should take advantage of the situation.

    As Rodney said in the last post, let’s schedule Bama. They would benefit by firming up Tua’s commitment and it would give them the opportunity of starting a week earlier than their conference opponents.

    And as truegreen said, let’s go back to the Pac-12. Hawaii would give the Pac-12 2-3 hours of extended broadcast time because of the time difference, and now an opportunity to start a week earlier. Who knows, maybe Tua would have chosen USC if he knew he would be playing in Hawaii a couple of times in his career.

    Worth a try. Nothing to lose.

  11. H-Man May 4, 2016 12:23 pm

    Best of luck to Julian Gener and Lance Williams in their pursuit of a pro-ball career in Canada.

  12. SC May 4, 2016 12:24 pm

    Good afternoon ST. What happened to linebacker Jeremy Castro? Noticed he was not on the spring fling roster.

  13. Akamai Okole May 4, 2016 12:33 pm

    Great Afternoon All!

    Best wishes to Gener and Williams.

    Interesting that both are putting on “good weight”. Although it’s still pro fb, with the expanded field dimensions and other rules that favor the passing game I would think that lighter, more mobile defenders would have more value.

    But then, maybe that’s why I just watch the game on TV. 🙄

  14. Willie May 4, 2016 12:37 pm

    Gener was a “baller” that played petal to the metal. One of the real stars and a steady performer on a not very good defense. Wish him the best up North of the border!

  15. Stephen Tsai May 4, 2016 5:08 pm

    Castro should be back for training camp.

  16. Stephen Tsai May 4, 2016 5:09 pm

    Alabama’s not coming here again.
    You could allow UH to open the season in July, and Alabama’s not coming.

  17. Bigwave96744 May 4, 2016 5:37 pm

    Bama not going to schedule a game to please a recruit. Just like Oregon didn’t do it for Marcus & Norte Dame for Manti. Those schools got 5* guys up the Ying yang. Also USC said they are done playing Hawaii

  18. AllG May 4, 2016 5:45 pm

    Man really hope we can land Leroy Mealancon Jr. We could really use him badly even if we get KG and KT back. 6’5″ 270 and runs 4.7 not often Hawaii has a chance on guys with that size/speed combo. Hopefully the fact he can play right away will lure him.

  19. A-House May 4, 2016 6:53 pm


    if he is that good no way he will commit/sign with UH – no way!!!

    tho, it would be nice – nah, actually GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. truegreen May 4, 2016 9:02 pm

    #16 ST: no such thing as never. you also said JJ would never want to coach at UH again, right?

    everything in life happens in cycles. it’s just that some cycles are longer than others, but they all come full circle eventually.

  21. tom-warriornation May 4, 2016 9:38 pm

    Anyone need tickets to the game in Tucson, AZ on Sept. 17; I need a group of 25 to get priority seating right behind our UH team bench near the 50 yd line–so far, I got 10. Email: tomkitaguchi@yahoo.com or text me at 415-324-0585.

  22. Maddog50 May 5, 2016 12:30 am

    Regarding opinions on players of substance ie 3 star and up coming to us. The past several years have been nothing short of a mess regarding recruiting and team on field performance. This is in no way meant to be negative to the kids on the roster some of whom are going to be very good and competitive for years to come. Coach Rolovich and his staff will change this systemic perception. Ben Jay and others did a great deal of damage in attempting to “help”. So here is the deal-this past years class although several bodies short is a quantum leaps forward. Competive results along with community support such as Family Day Spring Fling and many other things will result in “they will never come here” to “we got this guy! Much healing must take place-the culture and attitude over the last several years even before NC has been lacking in many ways. NR and staff are changing the game for the better-record wise I do not expect miracles this year but the team will be a lot more competitive-that’s what draws talent. So without further rambling till the kid says no we are in it and if they don’t want to be here I don’t want them and could care less. My contribution to the effort is to get to a couple of mainland games cause I live in the Midwest and contribute to Na KOA, support Coach NR and believe strongly he will get this thing righted! He will change this program over time the likes of which have not been seen for a very long time! Go Warriors!

  23. Stephen Tsai May 5, 2016 12:42 am

    Alabama played here because they were on probation.
    Times have changed. There’s no money in playing in Hawaii.

  24. Maddog50 May 5, 2016 2:49 am

    Couple tings-hoping Amosa is mending up and no serious injury occurred. Does anybody have any hint how JR Hensley is progressing. Really thought he would make the depth chart. Luke Clement red shirts and now does not appear to be any closer than a 3 or 4. Hoped both of theses guys would come along-any Intel on them?

  25. Akamai Okole May 5, 2016 5:10 am

    Agree with much written by Maddog50. Pretty clear vision of UHFB all the way from the midwest!

  26. H-Man May 5, 2016 5:46 am

    Maddog50, I think it will be hard for either JR Hensley and Luke Clements to break into the rotation because the current OL 2s were working well together. And from what little I’ve seen of JR, it seemed he was working on conditioning on the sidelines during practice. I am more curious about Luke Clements because he has tree-trunks for legs. He too was with the wounded on the sidelines at practice. These are walking wounded who are just not 100%.

  27. rabbit ears May 5, 2016 8:12 am

    Gener is like Scoobie Wright of Arizona. Don’t have the numbers and times, but can play some ball.

  28. truegreen May 5, 2016 8:23 am

    #24 ST: exactly. that was my point. under normal conditions, it wouldn’t happen. but exceptions to the rule ALWAYS come up again–some less frequent than others–but they always do. and when they do, that’s when it takes a shrewd AD to seize the opportunity right away and MAKE it happen.

    just like the previous AD said that the NCAA would NEVER accept a new exemption to allow Hawaii to start the season early so he refused to even try. now look what happens when we have an AD with vision and initiative.

  29. legistlature May 5, 2016 8:38 am

    Tua’s parents find work / home in Alabama 2017
    What happens to younger Tua after playing 1 year under coach J Jones. Does he move to Alabama in 2017 and play high school ball.
    Top 20 most dominant Alabama high school football teams in the MaxPreps era
    1. Hoover – 451 points
    Overall record: 136-14
    The Bucs have five state titles and four runner-up finishes. Not a lot more needs to be said about Hoover’s success in the state.

    2. Prattville – 328
    Overall record: 114-21
    Prattville is not far behind Hoover in the state. The Lions have four state titles and two runner-up finishes.

    3. Sweet Water – 185
    Overall record: 118-23
    The Bulldogs have five 1A state titles since 2004. Although a small school, they have been ranked in the Top 25 four times.

  30. Stephen Tsai May 5, 2016 8:47 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=37311

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