Post-spring depth chart

Here’s the depth chart UH released yesterday afternoon:


> Quarterback: 1) Ikaika Woolsey or Jeremy Higgins. 3) Taylor Graham.

> Running back: 1) Joey Iosefa. 2) Steven Lakalaka or Diocemy Saint Juste.

> X receiver: 1) Marcus Kemp. 2) Vasquez Haynes.

> Z receiver: 1) Keith Kirkwood. 2) Ammon Barker.

> Tight end: 1) Harold Moleni. 2) Jordan Pu‘u-Robinson.

> F (slotback/fullback/H-back): 1) Quinton Pedroza, Scott Harding or Justin Vele. 4) Donnie King, Samson Anguay or Penitito Faalologo.

> Left tackle: 1) Ben Clarke. 2) Frank Loyd Jr.

> Left guard: 1) Elijah Tupai or Dejon Allen. 3) Sean Shigematsu.

> Center: 1) Kody Afusia. 2) Brenden Urban.

> Right guard: 1) Dave Lefotu. 2) Kory Rasmussen.

> Right tackle: 1) John Wa‘a. 2) RJ Hollis.


> End: 1) Beau Yap. 2) Luke Shawley.

> Nose tackle: 1) Moses Samia. 2) Marcus Malepeai.

> End: 1) Kennedy Tulimasealii. 2) Niko Uti or Tui Unga.

> Outside linebacker: 1) Jeremy Castro. 2) Lance Williams.

> Inside linebacker: 1) Tevita Lataimua. 2) Benneton Fonua.

> Inside linebacker: 1) Jerrol Garcia-Williams. 2) Julian Gener.

> Outside linebacker: 1) TJ Taimatuia. 2) David Manoa.

> Cornerback: 1) Ne’Quan Phillips. 2) Barry Higdon.

> Safety: 1) Marrell Jackson. 2) Keelan Ewaliko or Kawika Borden.

> Safety: 1) Trayvon Henderson. 2) Michael Martin.

> Cornerback: 1) Dee Maggitt. 2) Anthony Pierce.


> Kicker: 1) Tyler Hadden. 2) Ceejay Santos.

> Punter: 1) Ruben Guzman or Scott Harding.

> Long-snapper: 1) Kawika Borden. 2) Brodie Nakama.

> Short-snapper: 1) Brodie Nakama. 2) Kawika Borden.

> Punt returner: 1) Scott Harding. 2) Quinton Pedroza.

> Kickoff returner: 1) Diocemy Saint Juste. 2: Quinton Pedroza.


> Somebody will have to take the first snap of training camp — Woolsey is the guess here — but don’t expect a No. 1 quarterback to be named until at least the second week of training camp. That will give Taylor Graham, Beau Reilly and, perhaps, a transfer, a final audition.

> It appears two second-year freshmen, Wa‘a and the Tupai/Allen winner, will be in the opening lineup.

> Even since high school, the belief was Rasmussen was better suited for offense. His work in spring proved it was the right choice to move from defensive line.

> Spring is about experimenting, which is why Yap got a pretty good look at outside linebacker. In the end, at his size, Yap does his best work on the line of scrimmage. And he still can drop into coverage, if needed.

> Two overlooked players the past year — Taimatuia at outside, Lataimua on the inside — thrived in the new 3-4 system and seized top spots on the depth chart.




  1. 1 May 2, 2014 7:11 am


  2. al May 2, 2014 7:17 am


  3. bpiccolo May 2, 2014 7:20 am

    You would think Harding would be listed #1 even if he needs to take a break now and then. Are the other 2 that good? How many starters are red-shirt freshmen?

  4. Whats up May 2, 2014 7:20 am

    What happened to Olineman Kiha Sai? Nice to see the young studs like Wa’a, Dejon, Tupai and Rasussen making a impact. But I am a little suprised that Jerrol is ahead of Gener at LB?

  5. bpiccolo May 2, 2014 7:24 am

    got it Wa‘a and the Tupai/Allen winner. What class are Taimatuia and Lataimua? Short snapper? Is that a size reference? I thought the center did that.

  6. Stephen Tsai May 2, 2014 7:28 am

    What’s up:
    Jerrol Garcia-Williams is probably UH’s top NFL prospect.

  7. Dan-O May 2, 2014 7:28 am

    Long snapper….punts……short snapper…..field goals.

  8. jeezy33 May 2, 2014 7:32 am

    4. Down the depth chart. Jerrol is the best LB we have. He is going to start at one of the 4 spots. He can play inside or outside. I prefer outside though. I’m wondering if they used him inside so he can be more versatile this year. Opening up the job for Simon Poti possibly when he arrives.

    When season starts, I think you can pretty much rip up the depth charts though. Guys will be played according to opposing team offense. Gener will be used more against pass 1st offenses. Fonua probably used more against physical run oriented teams.

  9. Stephen Tsai May 2, 2014 7:34 am

    Fonua (knee), Pu‘u-Robinson (finger) and Manoa (kneecap) ended spring training with injuries. Gener is coming off offseason surgery. All should be fully healthy for training camp.

  10. boolakanaka May 2, 2014 7:44 am

    Aloha All ! With Quinton and Scott, both playing the same position, and arguably the two most consistent receivers, I am curious to see if the fall will usher in more double slot formations, and/or formations, in which they are both on the field at the same time?

    Thoughts from our resident gurus?

  11. tom-warriornation May 2, 2014 7:45 am

    Looking forward to the fall training camp and who emerges as the top players; GO WARRIORS! ps: has anyone heard a message from Ben Jay lately?

  12. jm2375 May 2, 2014 7:48 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Thanks for all the bday wishes yesterday. Had dinner at our usual restaurant for celebrations, Ruth’s Chris. 😀


  13. Stephen Tsai May 2, 2014 7:50 am

    Yep, UH will go with more four-receiver formations this year.
    There also will be more read-option plays.

  14. jacklegpreacher May 2, 2014 8:12 am

    As his career comes to a close, it’s unfortunate that Taylor Graham’s injuries kept him from having a college football career. Maybe this year he will have a shot to play and show what he can do. Then again, looking back at his overall football career, I wonder if he was just a beneficiary of hype due to his dad playing in the NFL, etc. Obviously he has NFL size and can throw the ball, but he never has seemed to do that on any level IMO looking at stats. Maybe he threw the ball well in those high school scout camps. Junior year of high school, passed for almost 1000 yards in 5 games, got injured. Senior year he threw for less than 500 yards in four games, got injured. Got a three star rating from rivals, didn’t see the field at OSU. Then last year here. Obviously I am copying the stats from websites, and stats don’t tell the whole story, depending on what offenses are run, but has he just always been potential or what?

  15. jeezy33 May 2, 2014 8:18 am

    ST, I thought you said last week Shawley was playing OLB??
    I’d much rather see him or JGW outside over Taimatuia…. Opening up Poti and Gener to get bulk of the reps inside with Lataimua…

  16. hossana May 2, 2014 8:20 am

    I have a strong sense of belief that Hawaii, I repeat, Hawaii will win their opener against Washington. Forget the 21 pts. spread because Vegas is basing it on the new H.C. reputation and Hawaii’s sorry luck in their openers but this will be a different year as the players look hungry, eager, determine, and vindictive to compensate for last year’s miserable season….Hawaii will beat Washington in their opener and take that confidence into the second game against Oregon St. I really mean and, no, I’m not on anything or smoking my pakalolo, yet!!!!

  17. obachan May 2, 2014 8:20 am

    Speaking of rugby players who could have played football here or anywhere he wanted to, check out this legend: Jonah Lomu had both speed and brute strength powered by tree trunks that are supposed to be his legs.

  18. PurpleMaple May 2, 2014 8:32 am

    IMO, Quinton Pedroza was the best receiver in spring camp. He especially looked good in the Spring Fling.

  19. Inyoface May 2, 2014 8:34 am

    The roster looks the most stacked since Chow has become the HC. Still want to see how Graham performs with an upgraded offensive line, receivers and Iosefa. We shall see!

  20. PurpleMaple May 2, 2014 8:35 am

    I too believe Hawaii will beat the Huskies.

  21. jeezy33 May 2, 2014 8:36 am

    16. Find a QB and maybe ill buy what you’re selling…. But as of right now, we have a QB that couldn’t move the ball against Fresno, stares down targets that lead to pick 6s, and UDUB has a All American DE, Hauoli Kikaha (kahuku beast) that will be in his face all game.

  22. jeezy33 May 2, 2014 8:39 am

    19. upgrade?? Please explain…. Converted Center playing his 1st season at LT, FR RT, FR OG…. New faces doesn’t mean upgrade before anyone sees them play with lights on. Milovale was the best lineman in my opinion last year and he’s gone. Ben Dew also was a decent starter and he’s gone.

  23. Inyoface May 2, 2014 8:48 am

    True true, you so smaht.

  24. tommui May 2, 2014 8:51 am


    A great burden that one carries is a great potential!

  25. amela May 2, 2014 8:52 am

    How old is Lomu? Love to have him on Polynesia’s Team. Polynesians + guy’s for the mainland= the most diversified team in the country, winners! True Warriors.

  26. hater May 2, 2014 9:00 am

    1. we need a qb.
    2. someone needs to win the RG job from Lefotu or we’re in trouble.
    3. not a fan of Taimatuia either, would prefer moving JGW to outside letting Gener or Poti win the other ILB along w Lataimua.
    4. unless he shows lots of improvement, I hope Keelan Ewaliko beats out Marrell Jackson for the safety position.


  27. boolakanaka May 2, 2014 9:02 am

    24: Your honor, oh so well you have placed put it…I heard an NFL head coach say player potential means only two things:

    One, it just means he has never done it; and

    two, and even more incriminating, potential is the thing that gets us coaches fired.

  28. hater May 2, 2014 9:03 am

    JC xfers David Griffin and Josh Long not on the 2-deep. terrible.

  29. PurpleMaple May 2, 2014 9:08 am

    Very nice report of SandBows at nationals. Check out Hawaii Athletics website – “Bows in Bama: Day 1…” Nice Pixs and comments.

  30. al May 2, 2014 9:18 am

    lucky you play hawaii…where else will you have a chance to be a part of a team which could double, triple, quadruple, quintuple, sextuple, septuple, octuple, nonuple, decuple, hendecuple, duodecuple, tredecuple or
    the number of wins.

  31. Boya_jr May 2, 2014 9:39 am

    Aloha from NYC. Go Warriors!

  32. Rodney May 2, 2014 9:43 am

    We need Whittek and that would
    complete the ofense and maybe
    Stubblefield too.
    On D we need those CB coming
    in fall.
    I think we can win 3 of the first
    4 games. Any thoughts.

  33. Hanahou May 2, 2014 10:07 am

    Surprised Malepeai is not in the starting lineup. Along with yap, his production was high last season and he had a heck of a spring. He’s perfect at end for this 3-4 scheme

  34. gobows May 2, 2014 10:09 am

    i hope they don’t run that idiotic 5 wide play ever again. each time it was a sack.

  35. jeezy33 May 2, 2014 10:11 am

    33. I think with D linemen, it doesn’t matter too much if you’re 1st or 2nd on depth chart. Those guys rotate a lot and if you’re producing, you’ll stay on the field…

  36. gobows May 2, 2014 10:14 am

    #4 wahine beat #5 florida intl 4-1. next up is #1 usc.

  37. Andrew May 2, 2014 10:24 am

    36. They already beat USC 3-2. They are moving to the semis

  38. Slugger May 2, 2014 10:27 am

    Morning, gang!

    GO WAHINE! Both in Manoa & in the sand.

    ST ~ Thanks for the updates. I miss watching those guys.

  39. boolakanaka May 2, 2014 10:37 am

    35-Jeezy, your right on the head with that. Nowadays, of all the positions, quality d-line guys, you just can’t have enough. Since many even NFL squads platoon players, you can really wear out and offense with fresh guys.

  40. Jason Valentin May 2, 2014 10:48 am

    Here’s my opening day starting line up:
    QB-Ikaika woolsley
    RB-joey iosefa
    TE-Jordan Robinson
    WR-Keith kirkwood
    WR-marcus kemp
    SB-quinton perdoza
    LT-Ben Clarke
    LG-dejon Allen
    C-kody afusia
    RG-Dave lefotu
    RT-John wa’a

  41. Jason Valentin May 2, 2014 10:53 am

    Here’s the D
    DE-beau yap
    NT-Moses Samia
    DE-Kennedy tuliseamalii
    OLB-Jeremy Castro
    ILB-Simon poti
    ILB-tevita lataimua
    OLB-Jerrol Garcia-Williams
    CB-Ne’quan Phillips
    CB-dee maggit
    S-marel Jackson
    S-Trayvon Henderson

    Got a good feeling about this year! We gonna win at least 6 games! WARRIOR PRIDE!!!

  42. ai-eee-soos May 2, 2014 10:54 am

    follow up to # 37 …

    Hawaii upsets No. 1 USC, advances to sand championship semifinal


  43. Jason Valentin May 2, 2014 10:55 am

    Anybody know what’s up with OL David griffin, Kiha sai, and Leo koloamatangi? Injured I assume.

  44. sofaking_blk May 2, 2014 11:11 am

    Not if we don’t find legit QB.

  45. st. anthony trojan May 2, 2014 11:30 am

    Obachan…..thanks for that rugby clip….

    I am impressed with his ‘tree trunks’…

    Also so much more impressed with the demeanor of him n others who score goals….just lay ball on turf n move on… celebration like it was the first time he scored a goal..

    Thanks for clip…..

  46. jeezy33 May 2, 2014 11:47 am

    40. Haha u sure Puu Robinson gonna be healthy?

  47. jeezy33 May 2, 2014 11:52 am

    40. If I had to pick a line up, even though there are a bunch of mysteries, I’d go:

    QB- None of the above
    RB- Iosefa
    WR- Kemp
    WR- Kirkwood
    Slot- Pedroza
    Slot- Harding
    LT- Clarke
    LG- Tupai
    C – Afusia
    RG- Allen
    RT- Wa’a

    Not comfortable going that young on O line but based on the guys I’ve seen play last year returning, I think Dejon and Tupai are both upgrades. I would get rid of the Tight End besides short yardage situations. Stubblefield would definitely mix in early on. And find a QB!! With 4 interested, just gotta get 1.

  48. al May 2, 2014 12:28 pm

    rodney…we’ll never land a whittek. however, we have a good shot at a wittek.

  49. Darren May 2, 2014 12:59 pm

    So this is what our team looks like from the outside…not looking through Warrior green shades. Coming in at 123 in the USA Today countdown…

  50. Andrew May 2, 2014 1:12 pm


    ouch 123/128

  51. marleysdad May 2, 2014 1:13 pm

    Why is Tui Unga back on defense?

  52. Jeezy33 May 2, 2014 1:24 pm

    51. Educated guess. He’s probably better there and won’t see too much tight end formations this year.. Expecting more 4 wide

  53. jimmy the lock May 2, 2014 1:27 pm

    Rodney, Whittek get no chance but Wittek get small kine chance.

    For all you Wie trackers, not so good today, if the world doesn’t end get chance tomorrow.

    Congrats Sandbows! Go get em tomorrow, if the world no end.



  54. J-FORCE May 2, 2014 1:31 pm

    Best of luck to all Warriors, heal up, stay in shape
    be ready for fall camps.

  55. st. anthony trojan May 2, 2014 1:45 pm

    Yea…injury free…all our opponents also…hope lots of injuries….he he he

  56. Giversgain May 2, 2014 1:58 pm

    #51. I remember hearing coaches say to their defensive players say “The only reason why you’re playing defense is because you cannot catch the ball”. While I can’t fathom as to why Unga is playing defense, I can only speculate that the reason why he’s on D is because he has hands of stone.

  57. All Nuha Already May 2, 2014 1:59 pm

    Okay, here we go.

    All this talk about Max Whittek, STOP already. Be thankful heʻs not coming. Did yʻall not watch the USC / UH game? He was horrible.
    Not to mention on his visit I think Mr. Tsai said he weighed +260 pounds. He cannot / will not help n this new read-option offense.

    I believe in Ikaika Woolsey / Jeremy Higgins. Iʻll back those two all the way.

    UH needs help @ RB. If Iosefa gets hurt or is slowed up, the team is in trouble. I love Joey, I think heʻs a beast, I sure hope he has a heck of a senior season. But behind him, Lakalaka, in my opinion, didnʻt step up during Spring. I like how Lakalaka ended last season, but at this level all players need to keep getting better, he didnʻt.
    St. Juste, I like his talent and skill set, but UH coaches really need to do a much better job scheming around him. He cannot / will not run inside. Stop trying! Can we a run a damn screen for the kid….?
    Aofaga Wily, complete disappointment. In fact, he was AWOL most of spring.
    Honestly, if heʻs still on the team in the Fall Iʻd be surprised.

    Offensive Line, much better. Ben Clarke at left-tackle, best move of the Spring. Teamʻs best big man got switched into most vital position. I like Tupai and Waʻa, both big and physical, but gotta learn the playbook it seems.
    Is it me, is doesnʻt that Allen kid (#66) look like a damn beast?
    Best wishes to Lefotu for a healthy senior season.

    TE – Though Puʻu Robinson was having a great Spring until injury. Shocked Tui Unga got switched back to defense.

    WR – to me, minus Pedrozia and Harding, biggest weakness on the team. Kirkwood, Kemp, Barker, weʻre all waiting, show us something please. Stubblefield from St. Louis, man do we all need him to step in and step up right away. Wonʻt be surprised to multiple 4-wide formations to get both Pedrozia and Harding on the field together.

    Defensive line. Thank God Beau Yap is back where he belongs. Iʻm a huge fan of Tulimasealiʻi, I just hope they use him right. Last season they kept trying to make him much more physical than he is. Heʻs quick, slippery and a disruptor, whatʻs wrong with that?

    ILB – Lataimua, (lock down), should be joined inside by Fonua, Genner and the new kid (Poti) they got coming in

    OLB – Say it with me gang, JGW is NOT an ILB. Say it again, and again, and again. JGW and Castro make a GREAT pair at OLB, both are tall, long, quick, athletic and can rush the passer. Pretty easy to figure out right?

    Secondary: Well, Iʻll try to be nice. This unit scares me. Phillips and Maggit are what, 5ʻ8″, thatʻs rough.
    I look forward to Kawika Bordenʻs return, that kid can hit. Why not more time for Ewaliko at safety? Why not? nothing else back there jumped out during Spring.

    Loving me some UH Rainbow Warriors Football!!!

  58. NorthShoreFan May 2, 2014 2:01 pm

    Guud Afternoon Tsaikos…bootiful day.

    anyhoo, how da weather up manoa way?…stay raining ova hea..small kine.

    Imua Na Wahine…

  59. Stephen Tsai May 2, 2014 2:06 pm

    Griffin and Koloamatangi are injured. Sai is a little behind.

  60. boolakanaka May 2, 2014 2:13 pm

    57–Nice review, very spot on. And unfortunately, I agree, at least at present, of our secondary…..rather thin on depth, and no one strikes me as a “closedown” guy.

  61. kimo browner May 2, 2014 2:22 pm

    USA writer predicts another double-digit losing season looks despite an upgrade in some positions and a boost in overall depth.
    The USA prediction is fair in reasoning given our schedule…in closing, Myerberg cogently makes a stinging indictment that Chow’s team “hasn’t a clue how to win games”.
    That is a tough statement to rebut.
    Hawaii hasn’t played three PAC teams in one season in this millennium. Add to that last year’s CUSA champion on the road and we are looking at 4 losses out of the gate. Hawaii will need at least 3 conference wins to avoid 10 losses and finish at 4-9. Even with a prolific Schroeder in 2013 we couldn’t manage one MWC win.
    Still, die hard warrior fans are looking for positive progress and momentum going into the future. That is the real point of interest to loyal Hawaii fans and we may see something positive brewing there….

  62. Andrew May 2, 2014 2:44 pm


    They definitely didn’t hold back with that article. Of course it’s all true. Although it made me cringe when he wrote that overtime losses were celebrated by fans and that’s where the state of the program is.

  63. Manoa2 May 2, 2014 3:06 pm

    #17 Obachan

    Jonah Lomu was a freak. In his prime he was 6’5″ and 275 lbs, but he had great speed– he could run the 100 meters in 10.6– he has been time at 10.6 to 10.75. At that 100 time he could break the Hawaii State High School record and would probably be the fastest player on the UH football team, maybe of all time. He visited a college in New Zealand and ran against their top sprinter at 10.7 (which would win the Hawaii High School championship today) and beat him handily.

  64. oldtimer808 May 2, 2014 3:34 pm

    That’s why the coaches coach and that’s why we blog whatevas. What you folks think and what the coaches think than I go with the coaches. This is my whatevas…we have a chance to beat Washington. I’m always confident for our Rainbow Warriors. Coach Chow go surprise everyone.

  65. st. anthony trojan May 2, 2014 3:49 pm

    ha ha ot 808….only u n me think that…others are to pragmatic…

    UH bear Nebraska 6-0 in 55′ with only 27 players…against 100…

    Just have to admit though…if ur a betting man…picking the
    small dog….is not the way to bet….heart still at UH….the Home Team….
    IMUA WARRIORS…..barring serious injuries…they will surprise a few on here…

  66. Jeezy33 May 2, 2014 3:49 pm

    64. The same coaches who been preaching same thing for 2 seasons that lead to 4 wins total? Doesn’t take a genius to realize what we have in front of us and where we need to improve in order to compete..

  67. kifi May 2, 2014 4:48 pm

    Interesting resume on Keith Uperesa. I wonder where he’s coaching now?

    Prior to USC, Uperesa served as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Idaho State from 1999-2000. The 1999 squad had one of the best offenses in school history with a 3,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and a team-scoring average of 30 points per game. Idaho finished both seasons in the Top 20 nationally in passing, including a No. 9 ranking in 1999.

    Uperesa spent 12 years at Snow College where he started in 1987 as the offensive line coach. He worked his way up to head coach in 1995 and compiled a 35-8 record in five seasons until 1999. He guided Snow College to four consecutive Top 10 rankings and four straight bowl victories.

  68. 3-Prong May 2, 2014 5:52 pm

    How Da Beach VB Wahine doing?

    Ahhhh-loha Friday Pau Hana time….. And time to hop on da plane to Oregon soon!

  69. warriorfan2 May 2, 2014 6:45 pm

    49 Darren
    Thanks for the find scary stuff
    and just imaging we are trying to fix our o-line with a center change and two are three rookies starting
    Lets hope this guy is so wrong If not its going to be a long season

  70. Stephen Tsai May 2, 2014 6:58 pm

    I have no idea how UH will do this season but it appears neither does USA Today. They’re off on the lineups already.

  71. Darren May 2, 2014 7:24 pm

    Just want a QB who just takes absolute control of the job, grabs onto it and doesn’t let go. Hope that happens sooner than later in fall camp. I think QB play will go a long way in determining how successful we will be this season.

  72. Darren May 2, 2014 7:32 pm

    D appears to have talent, but how fast can they adapt to game speed with the new schemes? As good as Coach Aranda turned out to be, I still remember his first game where our D was looking at the sidelines as USC was snapping the ball. Hope Coach Clune can get the guys up to game speed out of the gates, cuz we’re opening with the big boys this coming season.

  73. jeezy33 May 2, 2014 7:41 pm

    71. 72. All i want too… Just from a personnel stand point, this D has more talent than the Wac Championship year… I really am not worried about that unit. The things Kaumeyer asked certain players to do last season was absurd and makes me question how he was a DC to begin with. Laurel and Daley were big holes in the way they were used. The middle of the field was wide open all day. Just go back to the Utah St. game where Hawaii got burned constantly over the middle on 3rd and long. But this years team has depth at almost every position on defense. A bunch of DB help coming this summer and Poti adding depth to LB corps.

  74. Darren May 2, 2014 7:49 pm

    73. I was shocked when Trayvon Henderson said there’s more plays to learn in the backfield this year…that last year all they had to do was watch their man. What?!?!? That’d work if you have 4 – 5 guys who can work on an island…but who has that luxury? Got my fingers crossed with Coach Clune…things seems to be headed in the right direction on that side of the ball.

    Behind our starters, we seem kinda thin on experience at corner…that seems to be the most glaring for the D.

  75. Darren May 2, 2014 7:54 pm

    Kirkwood, Kemp and Haynes gotta step up and seize the moment. Kirkwood and Haynes showed flashes of brilliance last year…Kemp showed a bunch of potential. All of that has to translate into serious production this year. Hope to see some “throw me the damn ball” mentality in these guys…

  76. warriorfan2 May 2, 2014 7:59 pm

    Well Mr. Tsai, I am with you
    I hope the report is soooooooooooooo wrong Don’t be so sure his line up is wrong.
    But, if we played tomorrow, we will have a starting five on the o-line that will have only one person with any college level experience at his position, that person is Dave Lefotu.
    The rest will be rookies. being around football for 40 or so years and mostly around the o-line I know for a fact it is a total different skill/mind set for each position and it takes years to get good at each one, I don’t care who you are and how good you are. If it is not broke why fix it.
    But my bottom line is “In Coach Chow/Coach Naeole I Trust”

  77. Former UH Athlete May 2, 2014 8:25 pm

    Going off paper only, I like the defensive depth chart as it is. Lots of experienced starters thanks to freshmen needing to start in 2012&2013. Experience counts for a lot in the college game. Henderson & Jackson should be fun to watch. If both start next year, then that would be 6 years of starting experience for the starting safeties

    Agree with Jeezy that JGW is probably best suited as a OLB. It will crutial that Samia and Kennedy eat up the 3 interior linemen to allow JGW to fly around the field, because I don’t know if JGW has the girth/strength to shed 290-310lb linemen that get a free run at him. I like the depth at LB. UH should be able to survive pretty well if a few guys get hurt during the season.

    Kennedy listed as one of the starting ends in the 3-4 was what I was hoping for. I thinks he’s going to thrive in this new defense.

    I guess at this point, it’s as good as it will get for now… Just keep guys away from mopeds and make sure everybody pays for their crab legs and craw dads.

  78. Abunai May 2, 2014 8:56 pm

    #76 warrior fan 2..

    Lefotu is not the only one with starting experience. You have a guy in Ben Clark the was starting two years in a row already…

  79. Stephen Tsai May 2, 2014 9:02 pm

    It’s a treadmill. Better players, tougher league. Feed the players, not enough money to pay for the extra meals.

  80. warriorfan2 May 2, 2014 9:10 pm

    #78 He started as a center
    He is fresh meat at left tackle and he will find himself on an island by himself most of the time Trust me But in fairness to Ben he is a very smart player and should be okay He just will not have that left guard another rookie to be there to help him out because he will have his on problems trying to figure out how to play at this level
    Will be very interesting this year

  81. jeezy33 May 2, 2014 9:54 pm

    74. Lot of teams add depth at corner through JC. So our JC guys should add some depth. Anthony Pierce showed signs of improvement in my opinion. DB is also a position where FR can come in and help right away because the learning curve isn’t that big. Go out and cover someone….Seems like coaches are real high on Daniel Lewis, Jerrell Jackson, and Nick Nelson… If just 1 pans out immediately, that adds depth while other 2 work to improve for future. If all 3 pan out then great.. Competition should push a couple guys to the top. It always does. Nequan and Marrell 2 years ago, Trayvon last year. Marrell needs to pick it up though. He took a step back last year.

  82. jeezy33 May 2, 2014 10:01 pm

    81. Agree with u completely. I think the O line is going to take a step back this year in pass protection based on experience. Clarke may be a solid Center, but Left Tackle is a whole different animal. Protecting the QB blind side against the opposing team top pass rushers is tough. Tupai, Wa’a, and Allen are all very nice prospects. But FR. going up against 22 year old experienced linemen is going to be a tough step up for them in 2014 season.

    I think the surprises of the team are going to be development of Kirkwood and Kemp. Both have legit talent… But polishing up their game is key and I think year 2 will be a big step. Being a big jump champion, if Kemp can figure it out, I think he’ll be a nightmare in short yardage and red zone situations.

  83. Stephen Tsai May 2, 2014 10:26 pm

    Clarke will be fine at left tackle. He played tackle in high school.
    I thought Afusia was the best o-lineman. He’s a natural leader at center.
    By the way, which reader said the two UH QBs were working out at Punahou? That would be an untrue statement. Maybe we do need a filter.

  84. JustAsking May 3, 2014 1:19 am

    ST– re your question about the false report on the QB workouts at Punahou:

    May 1st, 2014 at 10:11 am
    I saw the new qbs throwing at Punahou yesterday… One blew the other out of the water. (You’d be surprised which one.) I’ve never seen anyone throw like that. He was throwing 45 yards like it was 20… He threw a 70+ yard bomb… very accurate the whole time I watched. NEGATIVES: Sloppy footwork (didn’t effect velocity or accuracy but he doesn’t get very deep on drops) He seemed quite a bit shorter than 6’2″ though. ( I would say 6′ MAYBE 6’1″) huge chest and shoulders though. If he can get in the film room and knock off the rust from his mission, I bet he competes for the job day 1! I still hope we get Wittek or another BCS QB, but to be honest… I think this kid is the answer.

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  88. Shoko May 3, 2014 6:41 am

    I’m sure the span will be in full force by the time Fall camp starts.

    Perhaps Ewaliko would be fruitful if he got some reps as a kick or punt returner, too.

  89. Shoko May 3, 2014 6:44 am

    That was a pretty harsh write-up by USA Today. On the other hand, should be a good incentive and/or motivation to prove the pundits wrong.

  90. d1shima May 3, 2014 7:30 am

    Great Morning All!

    New York Tech…das not da one was on Dillingham? 😆

  91. NorthShoreFan May 3, 2014 7:38 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.

    Aloha Na Wahine seniors. Mahalo for bringing your talents to UH….IMUA!

  92. Da Punchbowl Kid May 3, 2014 7:44 am

    Sobering read in USA today. I hope the Warriors use it to keep the fires burning in the off season.

    I have faith in the Warriors and their staff. Nuff said.


  93. tommui May 3, 2014 7:46 am


    Thank you NA WAHINE!

  94. jeezy33 May 3, 2014 8:41 am

    83. Majority of college O linemen play tackle in college. Doesn’t mean it will translate immediately vs D1 competition. It’s like saying a baseball player played shortstop in high school. Most of the time, your best player is your shortstop.

  95. jeezy33 May 3, 2014 8:42 am

    *majory if college O linemen played tackled in high school..

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  97. papajoe2 May 3, 2014 8:43 am

    Good morning everybody!
    Michele Wie at -4 for the day through 12 holes. -6 for the tournament. Currently in a tie for 10th.

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