Our thoughts and best wishes go to offensive lineman Elijah Tupai, who has decided to relinquish his scholarship to take care of personal matters in Utah. Tupai is a good guy and good teammate who played well when he played — 33 games, 17 starts the past three years — in a UH career hindered by several injuries.
He also is a reminder of the what-if possibilities from a pretty good 2013 recruiting class.
2013 First-year players:
> Dejon Allen, left tackle — He is considered to be the Warriors’ best offensive lineman. He initially signed in 2012 but did not join the Warriors until a year later.
> Ammon Barker, wideout — Expected to start in 2017
> Max Broman, linebacker — Converted running back is a force on special teams
> Kwamane Bowens, wideout — Played one UH season before transferring
> Jackson Dionne, kicker/punter — Spent a season on scout team before leaving
> Keelan Ewaliko, wideout — Exited spring ball as starting wideout, his fourth position at UH.
> Penitito Faalologo, defensive lineman — Projected starter
> Rashaan Falemalu, linebacker — Recovering from knee injury
> Julian Gener, linebacker — A top linebacker who overcame several injuries
> David Griffin, offensive tackle — Transferred after a season
> Ruben Guzman, punter — Promising player whose reps were limited because of Scott Harding’s emergence as a punter
> Vasquez Haynes, defensive back — Made the transition from wideout to safety. Earned a degree and opted to pursue his senior season at another school
> Trayvon Henderson, safety — Starter and one of the team’s top players
> Barry Higdon, cornerback — Transferred
> Tigi Hill, linebacker — Highly regarded Kahuku grad did not meet requirements in his second attempt at becoming a Warrior
> RJ Hollis, right tackle — Two-year starter for the Warriors.
> Marcus Kemp, wideout — Signed with Kansas City Chiefs in May
> Keith Kirkwood, wideout — Caught 12 passes for 250 and four TDs as freshman before transferring to Temple
> Meffy Koloamatangi, defensive end — Starter who is considered an NFL prospect
> Tevita Lataimua, linebacker — Started seven games as senior in 2014
> Josh Long, tight end — Accepted a medical retirement last year
> David Manoa, defensiv end — Projected starter in 2017
> Daniel Masifilo, defensive back — Moved from wideout to cornerback, now plays professionally in Europe
> Drake Miller, linebacker — Left UH after redshirting in 2013
> Brodie Nakama, snapper — He never had a bad snap during four-year career
> Adonis Phillips — He was a scout member as a quarterback, receiver and defensive back before earning his degree
> Anthony Pierce, cornerback — Accepted a medical retirement
> Terrance Polk, receiver — Did not meet NCAA requirements to enroll
> Diocemy Saint Juste, running back — Starter who is considered a pro prospect
> Ualesi Sale, linebacker — Attended junior college
> Jamie Tago, defensive end — Member of the Warriors for two years before going to a JC last year. He re-signed with UH but was suspended and is no longer with the team.
> Hana Tulimaiau, defensive end — Transferred from Montana
> Kennedy Tulimasealii, defensive lineman — Standout who was dismissed from team last year for a code-of-conduct violation. There’s still a microscopic chance he could be reinstated
> Elijah Tupai
> Niko Uti, defensive end — Contributor in his only season after leaving UCLA
> John Wa‘a, left guard — Starter
> Darzil Washington, linebacker — Did not meet NCAA requirements to enroll
> Willis Wilson, running back — Drowned off Sandy’s on the morning of the 2013 regular-season finale
> Aofaga Wily, running back — Career cut short because of concussion
> Aaron Zwahlen, quarterback — After returning from two-year mission, he redshirted and then was a backup last season. He now is with Southern Utah.