Much has been made of the success of the Warriors’ walk-on program. Another successful endeavor is the Warriors’ grayshirt program.
Started by former UH head coach Bob Wagner, the tactic is to sign a player but then delay his enrollment by at least a semester. This gives the player time to develop physically and academically (he can enroll as a part-time student in the fall without triggering his eligibility clock). The player then can participate in spring training the semester before his freshman season.
Samson Anguay, a 2010 Campbell High graduate, was a part-time UH student the past fall semester. He trained on his own, and often attended practices as a spectator. Anguay enrolled at UH full-time in January, participated in the offseason conditioning program and spring training, and, after the Warrior Bowl, was named the No. 1 punt returner.
Other grayshirts who became starters are safeties Richard Torres and Kenny Estes, linebackers Corey Paredes and Art Laurel, right tackle Levi Legay, right slotback Miah Ostrowski and long-snapper Luke Ingram.
Here are the other grayshirts on the UH roster:
• Defensive end Calen Friel
• Running back Joey Iosefa
• Running back John Lister
• Left tackle Jordan Loeffler
• Defensive end Marcus Malepeai
• Running back Hogan Rosehill
• Nickelback/cornerback Mike Sellers
• Defensive end Alema Tachibana
• Defensive end Alasi Toilolo
• Safety Marcus Umu
• Guard Drew Uperesa
For bookkeeping purposes, offensive linemen Ben Dew and Blake Muir are considered grayshirts. (They’re full-time students paying their own way this semester.)
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At yesterday’s Junior Day, the most popular stop was the swag station. That’s where the UH football equipment was displayed. Say what you want about academics and facilities, for many high school juniors, the big attention-getter is the gear they will wear if they choose to play for the Warriors.