Turf battle

The Warriors were on the clock.

The unsupervised workouts (focusing mostly on 7-on-7 drills) started at 4:30 p.m. sharp and were set to run, at most, for about 90 minutes. That was because the prepaid meals at the UH cafeteria would be served only until 6:30 p.m.

But the players kept yelling “two more.” Not two more plays, but two more series. It was like small-kid games, when “best of three” became “best of five” and then “best of seven” and so forth.

Cornerback Jerrell Jackson with the interception return
Cornerback Jerrell Jackson with the interception return
Wideout Keelan Ewaliko
Wideout Keelan Ewaliko
Slotback Dylan Collie
Slotback Dylan Collie
Outside linebacker Russell Williams
Outside linebacker Russell Williams
Safety Jalen Rogers
Safety Jalen Rogers
Running back Diocemy Saint Juste
Running back Diocemy Saint Juste
Tight end Dakota Torres
Tight end Dakota Torres
Cornerback Ne'Quan Phillips and wideout Keeelan Ewaliko (green hat)
Cornerback Ne’Quan Phillips and wideout Keeelan Ewaliko (green hat)
Slotback Quinton Pedroza and cornerback Preston Kalai
Slotback Quinton Pedroza and cornerback Preston Kalai
Slotback Dylan Collie
Slotback Dylan Collie
Wideout Devan Stubblefield with the catch ...
Wideout Devan Stubblefield with the catch …
... and the run
… and the run
Slotback Quinton Pedroza and outside linebacker Jahlani Tavai
Slotback Quinton Pedroza and outside linebacker Jahlani Tavai
Cornerback Jerrell Jackson
Cornerback Jerrell Jackson
Cornerback Preston Kalai and wideout Keelan Ewaliko
Cornerback Preston Kalai and wideout Keelan Ewaliko
Cornerback Preston Kalai and slotback Quinton Pedroza
Cornerback Preston Kalai and slotback Quinton Pedroza

Cornerback Ne'Quan Phillips and running back Ryan Tuiasoa
Cornerback Ne’Quan Phillips and running back Ryan Tuiasoa
Cornerback Ne'Quan Phillips defending slotback Quinton Pedroza
Cornerback Ne’Quan Phillips defending slotback Quinton Pedroza


  1. Dan-O July 15, 2015 8:11 am


  2. 3-Prong July 15, 2015 8:11 am

    Good Morning Hawaii.

  3. 3-Prong July 15, 2015 8:13 am

    Excited to see the unveiling of our passing game.

  4. st. anthony trojan July 15, 2015 8:20 am

    In one photo seems like Ewaliko beat sumone bad…TD there ?

  5. paintslinger July 15, 2015 8:20 am

    I think when the word gets out that this new offense resembles more of the “Jones” approach, ticket sales will escalate. I also think we have a good team in the making.

  6. Stephen Tsai July 15, 2015 8:26 am

    Every now and then, I’ll listen to talk-radio shows or those ramblings on Facebook, and I’ll hear/see claims that UH always runs on third and long. I decided to check and discovered:
    > On third-and-7-or-more situations, UH threw 70.2 percent of the time last season.

  7. Stephen Tsai July 15, 2015 8:30 am

    On third-and-7-9 plays, they threw 59.2 percent of the time.

  8. xerjester July 15, 2015 8:59 am

    i’m sure UH threw a lot during third and long. the issue wasn’t “UH runs too much on third down.” it was the run and punt offense that norm chow was running his first three years. run, run, run, incomplete pass.

  9. xerjester July 15, 2015 9:00 am

    oops, sorry. run, run, incomplete pass, punt.

  10. Tiki808 July 15, 2015 9:10 am

    Someone mentioned if a player isn’t good enough, they’ll get incapacitated. Is this true about one of them, Keelan Ewaliko. 5-11 tall 185ibs. To injure him? Anyone?

  11. Tiki808 July 15, 2015 9:27 am

    Looks like I’ll be on this blog for the rest of the year. Any threats filed against each other yet?

  12. jimmy the lock July 15, 2015 9:37 am

    How many times on third and long was the QB sacked? Intercepted? Pass was shorter than the required 1st down distance? QB hurried? Offensive penalty?

    Thanks for the pics.

  13. Da Punchbowl Kid July 15, 2015 9:42 am

    Wow! I don’t know what’s more exciting – the pics or the photographer’s skill. These big pics are terrific! Warriors look awesome – love the work ethic.

  14. Tiki808 July 15, 2015 9:46 am

    They’ll go with the 6-4 tall man on 3rd and 7 or long. If again. 70.2% go with the big man on the short and in/out 10 yards or less.

  15. jimmy the lock July 15, 2015 9:52 am

    On third and long just pass the ball 100% of the time. I figure you would make a 1st down less than 10% of the time if you run it and more than 30% of the time if you pass it.

    Just guessing.

  16. A-House July 15, 2015 10:20 am


    great pics!!!

    best of all: Dylan Collie running with the ball and a gorgeous rainbow above Murakami Stadium in the background – this, says it all!

    yet, we all know that all teams are doing just what UH is doing and the winner will be the team with the most intangibles they bring to the field.

  17. nutmegger July 15, 2015 10:23 am

    You folks ever hear about Pulaski Academy’s no punt offense?
    They always go for it on 4th down. On kick-offs they always do on-side kicks.
    Go to YouTube and type in “Pulaski Academy” and the coach has prepared a series of his data driven strategies. I realize it is high school football, but it is good to keep an open mind. The link below sort of summarizes his ideas:


  18. A-House July 15, 2015 10:25 am

    Tiki808 #14:

    anticipation by the defense will be concentrated on the “tall” receivers

    strategy: go to the “short” 5-7 yd pass to the slot or TE – ova da medle if the LBs are leaving space open – hell, Oregon State used the “ova-da-medle” on 3rd and long so many times I got tired of yelling, “watch the middle” – U would tink that UH defensive coaches would catch on after 4 or 5 completions over the middle for 1st downs — made me sick to see defensive coaches be blind eye to what was happening on the field

  19. A-House July 15, 2015 10:29 am


    did they make the “pre-paid” meal after practice?

    I would not miss any “free” meal!!!

    growing up poor, any meal at the table was great — lots of homegrown veggies – tomatoes, lettuce, egg plant, cucumbers, and homemade “hum ha” – jus spread’um ova da hot rice!!!!

  20. A-House July 15, 2015 10:33 am

    nutmegger #18:

    me liks your tinkin!!

    all part of a coaching strategy – if in the play book, it’s not “trick play” – yep, how many teams will expect an “on-side kick” to start the game — if successful, you go on offense – — if fail, got rest of game to make up

  21. Tiki808 July 15, 2015 10:36 am

    On another note, yesterday’s writing; if you wanted to convert the game into meters, this is it. 1 yard = .9144 meters. Play the game I metric units. Goal to go, just checking? Math whiz. Is it mm to m or m to km? Measuring 1st downs. Quiz time. 18 m = 60 ft. Example 2nd and half yard to go? cm, deci, mili

  22. nutmegger July 15, 2015 10:46 am

    A-House #20

    The coach at Pulaski sort of reminds me of JJ. Offense oriented and if it works keep doing it. I think NC is too entrenched in his thinking to consider anything that radical.

  23. Da Punchbowl Kid July 15, 2015 10:53 am

    Tiki808 –

    Regarding your #10, one word: Paniolo!


  24. Kapahulu July 15, 2015 11:11 am

    Great pictures. I like the one with the Rainbow also.
    What really impressed me was seeing Dylan Collie actually go up and get the pass.
    Last year the receivers would wait for the pass to come exactly to them.
    I think this years offense will be a pleasant surprise to many people.

  25. Tiki808 July 15, 2015 11:13 am

    6.54 cm to go 4 a TD

  26. Tiki808 July 15, 2015 11:18 am

    Sorry. 18 ft.48.78 cm to go 4 a TD

  27. jimmy the lock July 15, 2015 11:21 am

    Tiki808, WHOOSH


  28. Tiki808 July 15, 2015 11:30 am

    18 inches = 1.5 ft from 18 meters, to 18 feet, now it is 48.78 cm from 18 meters = 60 ft. Problem. Goal to go on the half yard line goal. Final answer is 48.78 cm to a TD. 6 points for UH Warriors.

  29. jimmy the lock July 15, 2015 11:48 am

    Um…18 inches isn’t 48.78 cm Mr. Math Wizard. Gosh.

  30. rage777 July 15, 2015 11:52 am

    I agree, the pictures look really good. Either ST wasn’t taking the pictures or he has come a long way since those blurry action shots he took not so long ago.

    Is it me, or is DSJ making the Heisman Trophy pose?

  31. jimmy the lock July 15, 2015 11:57 am

    I thought Jalen Rogers was channeling Mikhail Baryshnikov.

  32. SteveM July 15, 2015 12:26 pm

    Good noonish everyone!

    I’m curious– in the last photo of Phillips and Pedroza, did Pedroza catch the ball? 😕

  33. Darren July 15, 2015 1:31 pm

    2015 Biletnikoff Award Watch List
    Marcus Kemp University of Hawaii Jr.


  34. Tiki808 July 15, 2015 1:39 pm

    How it? It works from McCully library. Thanks. Free Wi-Fi use on a device.

  35. jimmy the lock July 15, 2015 2:30 pm


    Looking at Phillips zombie eyes I’d say that Pedroza didn’t catch the ball.

  36. Maddog50 July 15, 2015 2:46 pm

    Great pics Stephen! Mahalo to Don Weir who sent me some items for my Na Koa fundraiser/Golf event. Also thanks to Kim Fujiuchi from Na Koa for her help and support. Ran into a former teammate Tim Feigh on the golf course today promised me he would join Na Koa-by the way coaches choice for football is slowly creeping up. Hope we finish it off in a couple of weeks-GO WARRIORS!!!!

  37. Maddog50 July 15, 2015 3:44 pm

    Island man you’re the best!

  38. Midnight July 15, 2015 3:55 pm

    Wow! Nice pics, ST!

  39. Akamai Okole July 15, 2015 4:35 pm

    Great Afternoon All!

    Nice pics, Blog Host!

    All About That Bass! 😉

  40. cappie the dog July 16, 2015 4:15 am

    I’m betting on that Idaho State is the new New Hampshire.

    That is the Warriors’ greatest hope.

    A brilliant offensive mind hidden away in the hinterlands of the college football landscape.

    7 wins.

    Let’s go, Bows.

    Did anybody watch the ESPYs?

    Brett Favre looked so confused.

    “I have to stand up?”

  41. Maddog50 July 16, 2015 4:40 am

    90’s and 100%humidity on Tap for Chicago weekend…..coaches choice heating up too….now at 50%. Would be great to close out by Aug 4th. Gonna put the arm on some former Warriors to donate! Go Warriors!

  42. letsgowarriors July 16, 2015 7:53 am

    spoke to one of Gus Lavaka’s family members. he returned from his mission this past weekend, was in Tonga. unfortunately, hes been getting some big time interest. right now hes leaning toward going to Oregon State, things could change though.

  43. Tiki808 July 16, 2015 9:14 am

    Good morning! Did you catch today’s Living808 channel 2 Khon2 8:00 a.m. this morning 16th Of July at Hyatt Regency? Are they the hotel hiring in Waikiki? Just for locals. mmm?

  44. A-House July 16, 2015 9:16 am

    at some point in the future, a UH football coach will no longer accept local boys wanting to transfer back to play for UH — especially those who were offered and declined

    would this be a good thing? don’t really know — much will depend on the success of the program and the student athlete

  45. jimmy the lock July 16, 2015 9:23 am

    Tiki808, did you fix your calculator? Or do you do math the old fashioned way with paper and pencil? No forget to sharpen your pencil.

  46. jimmy the lock July 16, 2015 9:31 am

    A-House, huh? I don’t think a coach would ever flat out not accept a local transfer. There would have to be justifiable reasons not to take in the transfer.

    BTW, isn’t “at some point” already in the future? 😕 😆 :mrgreen:

  47. Tiki808 July 16, 2015 9:34 am

    Good morning! Old fashion way of math is refreshing. UH athletics and Norm Chow is feeling it. Would you buy from Benji Taylor? Car

  48. jimmy the lock July 16, 2015 9:44 am

    Tiki808, ok then, using the old fashioned way of doing math, what is 18 inches in centimeters?

    *Jeopardy music*

    And happy over the hump day!

  49. jimmy the lock July 16, 2015 10:02 am

    What will happen first? Detroit Tigers winning the world series again or Tiger Woods winning a Major tournament again?

  50. 3-Prong July 16, 2015 11:20 am

    Listening to the BC Show’s discussion of 102,000 fans at The Shoe for The Ohio State game gave me chicken skin. Getting pumped for the upset of the century!

  51. Inyoface July 16, 2015 11:24 am

    USC’s coliseum and UCLA’s Rose Bowl holds 100k, not a big deal.

  52. Stephen Tsai July 16, 2015 11:47 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=31880

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