From gray to green

Running back D.J. Riggins has removed his gray shirt and is set to join the Warriors in 10 days. He said he is healthy, fit and feels “great going into Hawaii.”

Riggins, a 2014 Oaks Christian School graduate, underwent surgery for a “slight tear” in his left labrum this past April. It was decided that Riggins would gray shirt, delaying his UH enrollment a semester.

He said he divided his weekly workouts into three days of weight training, with an emphasis on powerlifting, and two days of intensive conditioning drills. Riggins, who is 5 feet 11, said he weighed 165 pounds at the end of his senior season. He now is 195 pounds, increasing his strength and maintaining his speed. He said he was “officially” timed at 4.49 seconds over 40 yards in recent testing.

“I feel in tip-top shape,” Riggins said. “I should be able to pass all the (conditioning) tests.”

The Warriors’ returning running backs are Steven Lakalaka, Diocemy Saint Juste, Jason Muraoka, Dominique Small, Pereese Joas and Ryan Tuiasoa.


  1. islandman December 30, 2014 9:27 am

    1st or 2nd.
    Hope Riggins continues to run fast.

  2. Stephen Tsai December 30, 2014 9:28 am

    UH is expected to add another running back in recruiting.
    They’re finalizing the visits for the January recruiting weekends.

  3. letsgowarriors December 30, 2014 9:31 am

    JC or HS RB?

  4. islandman December 30, 2014 9:34 am

    UH VB experts, why is UH expected to be better than last year ?

  5. Stephen Tsai December 30, 2014 9:57 am

    I think they’re looking at both levels.

  6. boolakanaka December 30, 2014 9:57 am

    Aloha all–

    Hmmn, A QB for the future that is still available–

  7. letsgowarriors December 30, 2014 9:58 am


    hope we can find a JC NT or 2.

  8. boolakanaka December 30, 2014 10:21 am

    Oh, in other Oregon news–seems Canton Kaumatule (Punahou) is eating them up at the all-star camps–see:

  9. al December 30, 2014 10:44 am

    What a difference a coach makes…so harbaugh is back to school. His alma mater Michigan. All ready so many 4-5 star recruits now want to schedule an official trip and those previously committed are reassuring their verbals.


  10. al December 30, 2014 10:47 am

    Yup definitely need some DL’s. I like the prospects of Alo-wily as a four year starter. Still hoping that Rex Manu turns around and also stays home. He,too could be a four year guy.

  11. turfwar December 30, 2014 10:47 am

    You know Boo I have waited for years to see this guy blowup on the football field but aside from a play here or there most teams have handled him and not allowed him to dominate the game like it seems he is capable of. Love this kids’ humility and all the Kaumatule kids are so well raised. I hope he does blow up in Eugene and goes on to be the player people think he could be. I know he will enroll in January so good luck to the young man.

  12. boolakanaka December 30, 2014 10:55 am

    Turfwar–lets hope this is a case of playing up to those around him. Sometimes that upper margin of competition can fuel the fire…what is clear, is that he has all the physical attributes.

  13. SteveM December 30, 2014 11:12 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Welcome to Hawaii, D.J. Riggins!D.J. Riggins

  14. hatakeman December 30, 2014 11:22 am

    D J Riggins, awesome 30 lb. weight gain! And thanks for being a Warrior.

  15. Former UH Athlete December 30, 2014 11:27 am

    9… It’s Michigan.

    Chow said it best when talking about recruiting at USC… They don’t have to recruit, they just need to evaluate.

  16. Former UH Athlete December 30, 2014 11:28 am

    +30lbs and still maintain 4.5 speed… Impressive.

  17. jeezy33 December 30, 2014 11:31 am

    16. I wouldn’t get too excited.. any 18 year old kid can say what they want.

  18. jm2375 December 30, 2014 11:47 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Welcome to the Warrior ohana, Mr. Riggins!

    Congrats to the BasketBows on their win last night.

    Islandman – #4 – depth and experience. Looks like the incoming freshman will be redshirted. Despite a better record last year than the previous year, they somehow missed the MPSF playoffs.

  19. leron December 30, 2014 11:50 am

    It’s a ways down the line, but we’ll see Harbaugh for the season opener in 2016 at the Big House. Besides him, how many coaches have competed against Hawaii as a player and coach? Harbaugh played at Aloha Stadium in 1986.

  20. jm2375 December 30, 2014 11:52 am

    ST – uhhhhh, shouldn’t it be spelled ‘Franciscovic’ w/o the ‘h’?

  21. Andrew December 30, 2014 11:54 am


    Kyle Whittingham with BYU in the late 70s and early 80s

  22. Tiki808 December 30, 2014 12:00 pm

    Nothing to it. With the Heisman in the bag going to Marcus Mariota and Notre Dame’s 6 ft. lefty QB, I’ll bet you thought Everette Golson was invincible. He was replaced in today’s game vs. LSU. UH should follow this rule also. Who should start at UH football QB next year?

  23. Rodney December 30, 2014 12:04 pm

    Im excited for DJ and Max at Qb and at
    NT Gifford. Just imagine we gotta Qb!!!

  24. MattyBoy December 30, 2014 12:22 pm

    With the emphasis on recruiting more rb’s tells me that Chow is again planning to run, run, pass, punt. I wish we could fast forward the 2015 year of football and be over with Chow already so we can bring in a coach who actually will win games and bring excitement back to Hawaii football.

  25. hatakeman December 30, 2014 12:25 pm

    LSU running back #7 Fournette scores on an 89-yard TD run. On ND’s next series, their running back #20 scores on a long TD run to tie the score, but I don’t know his name, nor how long the run was. That’s because the play-by-play guys don’t talk it up and there was no TV replay of the run. You think there might be bias for LSU?

  26. tom December 30, 2014 1:23 pm


    Welcome Mr. Riggins!

  27. jimmy the lock December 30, 2014 1:59 pm

    Riggins? Sounds like a running back name.

  28. kakaako kid December 30, 2014 2:02 pm

    How come nobody is impressed with my 30+lb. weight gain since high school?

  29. jimmy the lock December 30, 2014 2:03 pm

    Only 30#? Pffft. 😆

  30. 3-Prong December 30, 2014 2:03 pm

    What??? Repeal Athletics?

  31. jimmy the lock December 30, 2014 2:05 pm

    I bet plenty posters on here put on 50+ pounds of extra human cells. Blalah.

  32. kakaako kid December 30, 2014 2:12 pm

    Yeah, but I can do a sub-4.5 forty. Forty feet, right?

  33. jimmy the lock December 30, 2014 2:25 pm

    Forty inches.


    Last hump day of the year tomorrow, literally and figuratively. Good time to snuggle up to a loved one, or whoever’s willing and tell em, “you like chance”. Get lucky and bring in the new year with a bang.

  34. Z December 30, 2014 2:29 pm

    Alright we got Riggins. Now all we need are some hogs.

  35. AdmrVT December 30, 2014 2:51 pm

    #30. No, repeal the special fund account that was established, as it is not “self-sustaining” and has reported deficits since FY2002; thus does not meet the statutory definition of a “special fund.” Whoever did it this way has no clue about how intercollegiate athletics works.

    Must have been a business man figuring UH would make a “profit,” like a business.

  36. PHIL December 30, 2014 3:46 pm

    #24 “MattyBoy”… I AGREE !!!!!

  37. Warbow December 30, 2014 3:50 pm

    I put on 30 lbs recently and my wife says I’m faster to the dinner table and in bed. Go figure.

  38. truegreen December 30, 2014 4:11 pm

    19 leron/21 andrew: Lane Kiffin, Fresno St QB/USC Head coach

  39. Former UH Athlete December 30, 2014 4:23 pm

    Funny… I just saw an article that the Minnesota Governor wants to bring a bill to legislature to ban all Univ. Minnesota home games from kicking off before noon.

    Apparently, Minnesota doesn’t have anything more important for the state government to do up there.

  40. Former UH Athlete December 30, 2014 4:24 pm

    37… That was funny

  41. Manoa#1 December 30, 2014 4:36 pm

    Salanoa Wily is going to be a Beaver of Oregon State!!

  42. BigWave96744 December 30, 2014 6:30 pm

    We are recruiting RBs because in 2014 we lost Aofaga Wily to retirement, walkon Max Broman due to financial difficulty & Joey Iosefa to eligibility.

    Add to that Parese Joas, Jason Muraoka, & Dominic Smalls will be seniors and Daniel Lewis looks to be set as a safety.

    I like adding the depth at RB, BEFORE LOI day

  43. BigWave96744 December 30, 2014 6:37 pm

    19 leron/21 andrew/38 truegreen
    Gary Crowton, BYU/BYU

  44. BigWave96744 December 30, 2014 6:56 pm

    Rocky Long, New Mexico 69-71 / New Mexico & SDSU HC

  45. BigWave96744 December 30, 2014 7:18 pm

    Bryan Harsin Boise St 95-95 / Boise St HC

  46. BigWave96744 December 30, 2014 7:27 pm

    Tony Sanchez New Mexico 1995 / UNLV HC

  47. BigWave96744 December 30, 2014 7:37 pm

    Chris Tormey Idaho 1977 / Nevada HC 2000-2003

  48. Stephen Tsai December 30, 2014 7:39 pm

    They’re going to do a lot of different things. Patience.

  49. BigWave96744 December 30, 2014 7:50 pm

    Chris Ault Nevada 1965-68 / Nevada HC 2004-2012

  50. BigWave96744 December 30, 2014 8:01 pm

    Craig Bohl Nebraska 77-79 / Wyoming HC

  51. BigWave96744 December 30, 2014 8:09 pm

    Ok, pau for now….

  52. 3-Prong December 30, 2014 8:09 pm

    +20 ohea not to mention some redistribution…Hehe

    Fo Real Manoa#1? Was looking forward to see him at fullback once in a while for da home team.

  53. BigWave96744 December 30, 2014 8:13 pm

    #48 in terms of Recruiting, Coaching Staff, running practice, Offense, Defense, ST, …?

    I think Hawaii fans have been patient long enough, no?

  54. champ December 30, 2014 10:01 pm

    Hoops makes us forget about the lousy foots! Whats the status of the foots coaching staff? Also, this Riggins rb related to John Riggins frow the Wash Reds? Whats his measurables? Is he that good?

  55. MattyBoy December 31, 2014 5:28 am


    Kind of too late to be doing “a lot of different things” already huh? Sounds like they’re in desperation mode. Too little too late.

  56. d1shima December 31, 2014 5:48 am

    Great Morning All!

    and a Happy New Year!

  57. 3-Prong December 31, 2014 6:41 am

    Here’s wishing everyone a Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

  58. tom December 31, 2014 7:29 am


    Peace, Joy to all of us in the New Year!

  59. Stephen Tsai December 31, 2014 8:15 am

    Not sure which calendar you use, but doesn’t the season start in nine months? How is it “late”?

  60. Stephen Tsai December 31, 2014 8:16 am

    New post:

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