UH still hasn’t picked No. 1 QB

UH coach Nick Rolovich said it will be “probably a few more days” before a starting quarterback is named.

Ikaika Woolsey, Aaron Zwahlen and Dru Brown are considered the top three quarterbacks. Woolsey appears to be the top contender.

“I think guys are fighting,” Rolovich said. “I feel pretty good about Ikaika, Aaron and Dru right now as far as being able to run the offense and execute. We’ll probably get a few more days in, and probably shoot for Wednesday” to announce the No. 1 QB.


  1. whitey August 15, 2016 10:49 am

    Macadang umaga Tsaikos

  2. whitey August 15, 2016 10:53 am

    808wf, no worries for 3 prong. He going give da Shaka and da buggah going leave him alone. Hahahaha

  3. Jeezy33 August 15, 2016 11:02 am

    Vote 4 Dru

    QB 2017

  4. haka August 15, 2016 11:09 am

    Naming the starter needs to be done, but all three will be needed to play. It looks like it’s going to be leader by committee until someone proves worthy of being the chairman of the field! Who will shine bright under the southern lights?

    Go Warriors!
    Let’s Go Bows!

  5. jeezy33 August 15, 2016 11:27 am

    4. Lets be real though. The starter is Woolsey. Just accept it, hope for the best, and see how things play out… I know fans like official announcements. But I am 98.992 % sure Woolsey takes the first snap at QB vs Cal.

  6. haka August 15, 2016 11:31 am

    Let’s be real? What’s your point to my post? I am 98.993% sure more than one will play QB vs Cal.

  7. 808warriorfan August 15, 2016 11:36 am

    #2 … “Whitey” … good one … got that “3-Prong” … just give “Jaws” da shaka …


  8. jeezy33 August 15, 2016 11:44 am

    6. The point is you claim a QB needs to be named. I’m telling you that the coaches and players and probably even media know its Woolsey without the official title. So no, a QB doesn’t have to be officially named.

    And I am 100% sure you don’t have the foresight to determine how many QBs will play vs Cal considering you don’t know if Hawaii will be winning, losing, or ability to predict injuries.

  9. Rodney August 15, 2016 11:52 am

    Make Aaron the Qb
    and pound the rock
    with Harris,Lakalaka
    and the St J

  10. Rodney August 15, 2016 11:55 am

    Anyone notice Rushing
    yards and attempts Kapolei
    offense had.Way to go JJ

  11. haka August 15, 2016 12:00 pm

    #6 You da man!

  12. al August 15, 2016 12:02 pm

    The safe choice for Rolo is Woolsey.
    Keeping AZ and DB in the mix also means the former could have a quick hook or the fact that the latter two have great potential.

    Like jeezy33, I have been touting all along for Dru Brown to somehow make an impact.

    AZ has all the potential to be a very good one. Perhaps the rust has finally started to shake off.

    I trust that whomever starts in Sydney will have a long look. The real test will be with the oline (and the D). If we can hold our own, then the QB has a great shot at success.

  13. haka August 15, 2016 12:04 pm

    Ha! I did that!
    Really that was for #8

  14. Derek August 15, 2016 12:07 pm

    We need backups to be able to come in and do the job when called upon. Wittek played well in the first game against Colorado last year in the opener, then he got hurt in the very next game. Things happen. That fact that 3 guys are in the mix tells me that these guys are fighting hard to earn the coaches and teams’s trust to do the job. I don’t have a favorite. Whoever wins the game for us or plays the best against Cal will likely get more snaps the following week to prepare for Michigan. Rolo wants to get the feel as to the one or couple things that will decide this competition, where it be decision making, moving the chains, scoring, leadership, taking care of ball, or some other thing. If it was experience, the competition should have been settled already. Bottom line, let’ s rally behind all these QBs because we probably need all of these guys to play because it’s a long season.

  15. 3-Prong August 15, 2016 12:14 pm

    Shoko: Think we’re going to see the Blue Mountains

    Ipuman: Da Mrs and me not into jewelry too much. Except For that ring DPK won. Dat I want!

    Whitey and 808warriorfan: They have the Jaws kine Great Whites down under but I have to at least jump in the ocean once. Hopefully one Side Shaka will be a Shark Shield. …….So Shrimp are Prawns and Lobster are Crawfish? Gotta love dem Aussies…Oi,Oi, Oi!!!!

  16. Jeezy33 August 15, 2016 12:21 pm

    Another reason announcements aren’t a big deal:

    I think Tyler Graunke was announced starting QB around a decade ago. Colt Brennan, a jc transfer sophomore ended that quickly.

    Brent Rausche was announced starting QB when he came in. Then Greg Alexander and eventually Bryant Moniz took over.

    So I guess the best news is there are 3 capable qbs, minus chow coached teams where he ore maturely handed the keys to QB job in graham and Wittek ..

  17. Jeezy33 August 15, 2016 12:22 pm


  18. 808warriorfan August 15, 2016 12:33 pm

    #9 … “Rodney” … let’s not forget #33 / Mel Davis / 6-2 / 235 … THAT’S ONE BIG BRUDDAH WHEN HE GETS GOING !!!!!

    #15 … “3-Prong” … you making me hungry. Them Aussie Oysters are the best in the world but the Shrimp & Lobsters are ‘brok da mouth too … remember VB (Victoria Bitters) NOT Foster’s.

    JMHO … wouldn’t hurt if “Rolo” played his top 3 QB’s in the first 4 games. It’s the “preseason” of the schedule and will better prepare us for the MWC schedule as well as the next few years.


  19. Da Punchbowl Kid August 15, 2016 12:34 pm

    As for the starting QB, ya never know how things are gonna go. It’s good to see a tight three man race. Competition breeds excellence and good back ups.


  20. Bryson August 15, 2016 12:38 pm

    I can see IW starting against Cal,but looking at the future I wouldn’t be surprised is DB or AZ is named starter after a few games,they both have multiple years remaining at Hawai’i and there are quite a few young receiver’s as well so I could see one of them given the reigns to build continuity,one of the reasons I believe the 2006 & 2007 teams were so successful

  21. Da Punchbowl Kid August 15, 2016 12:39 pm

    Having met 3-Prong I can say two things on his behalf – make that three things – he has impeccable table manners, even at a buffet, he is super nice guy and good fun to talk to, and last but not least, he’s a former All-State lineman from back in the day. He be fine down under. *coughozomiyagecough* 😉

  22. shadow August 15, 2016 12:41 pm

    No. 11:
    2013 – 38 pct compl, 0 TDs, 3 Int
    2014 – 50 pct, 13 TDs, 13 Int
    2015 – 49 pct, 5 TDs, 6 Int
    2016 – ?

    It’s scary to think nobody performing head & shoulders over the incumbent.

    Well, you make the most of what you have & give it your all. Go Warriors!

  23. haka August 15, 2016 12:47 pm

    Gosh, I gotta get tuned in better.
    It’s Woolsey! Who’da thunk?
    Go Warriors!

  24. islandman August 15, 2016 12:50 pm

    Rob DeMello ‏@RobDeMelloKHON 2h ago
    ” After a disappointing practice according to Rolo…two-deeps including starting QB not named this morning, target is now Wednesday #HawaiiFB “

  25. Hilo-Warrior August 15, 2016 12:56 pm

    Howzit Tsaiko’s,

    Does anyone know what the status to Kennedy T. is?

    Also I am excited to see what we have. I have said it before. With all the talk about how Woolsey has played for us before. He was never designed for the offense that Chow wanted to run. He was recruited by Rolo to run the offense that role wanted to run. So maybe he is doing better now because it fits him. Woolsey needs to stay in the pocket better. But he is a QB who I think fits the read option, read pass type of offense.

  26. islandman August 15, 2016 1:18 pm

    Brian Smith and Hynson will be in the booth, relaying calls to Stutzmann, i think i heard on the radio today. Who will be the booth for the defense ?

  27. islandman August 15, 2016 1:24 pm

    25. When was the prevention training done ? Recently ?
    ” The University of Hawai’i at Manoa Athletics Department announces the debut of “Speak Up,” a 30-second public service announcement (PSA) addressing the issue of violence. Four of the university’s head coaches are featured in this PSA produced by Oceanic Time Warner Cable …
    “Domestic violence has no part of our football team and will not be condoned,” said Rolovich.
    “All of our student-athletes participated in mandatory sexual violence prevention training,” said David Matlin, UH athletic director.

  28. Former UH Athlete August 15, 2016 1:31 pm

    Time to come out of hibernation…

    All I got to say is that Rolo not naming a QB by now means that nobody has separated themselves, which isn’t good, even though signs are pointing to Woosley.

    There’s no need to strategically hide or conceal your starting QB in a non-conference game, let alone coming from a team picked last place in every pre-season mag out there.

    It’s not like opposing DCs are overly concerned about preparing about a career sub 50% passer and a bunch of QBs with nearly zero FBS experience combined. DCs are more concerned over what Rolo’s offense will look like since this will be the first time he gets to run an offense in his full direction, but once MWC play starts, there will be enough tape to diagnose Rolo’s offense… which leads me back to my concern over not naming a QB already.

  29. H-Man August 15, 2016 1:37 pm

    2012 UH v. USC opening game at the Coliseum, everyone knows that USC will pass to wide receiver Marqise Lee. Didn’t matter. First play from scrimmage to open the game, UH defensive secondary burned, QB Matt Barkley to WR Marqise Lee for 75-yard TD. That felt like a punch to the liver.

  30. 3-Prong August 15, 2016 2:03 pm

    808warriorfan: Got it! Done deal on the VB.

    DPK: Good manners?!? Thanks, but you may want to reserve judgement unit I show up to a Tailgate. “We don’t need no plate!”

  31. 3-Prong August 15, 2016 2:14 pm

    DPK: …..oh! Omiyage, hehe. Sorry kinda slow…too many hits in the head.

  32. z August 15, 2016 2:40 pm

    Watching JJs quarterback the kid has a long way to go but has the skills and gets the ball off quickly. Could be one to watch.

    Team needs a leader. On offense that usually would be the quarterback. I really don’t trust stats. I want to see for myself. But Rolo needs to name someone asap. Then they can focus on Cal. I hope it happens soon. Coaches should know what they got by now.

  33. H-Man August 15, 2016 3:18 pm


  34. Da Punchbowl Kid August 15, 2016 4:12 pm

    I’m not an expert, nor do I have a favorite amongst the finalist for QB. But, it might be that Rolo is giving the lone returning starter a chance to prove that he’s the guy.

    Whatever it is, Rolo, and all the starters have my vote. I see enough talent and depth on this team for lots of fine tuning and subbing if need be.


  35. Akamai Okole August 15, 2016 4:35 pm

    Great Afternoon All!

    Counting it down to Kick-off!

  36. Akamai Okole August 15, 2016 4:40 pm

    Former UH Athlete,

    I wicchu…hoping you not right but I fear you are. 🙁

    But still…


  37. Ipu Man August 15, 2016 5:01 pm

    Three Hawaii Huricanes gonna hit Australia….

  38. madeinhawaii August 15, 2016 6:29 pm

    Maybe it’s not who’s #1 that’s hanging up the QB question, but rather who’s #2. Ideally, both should share a lot of strengths to keep the consistency and minimize drop off and to build for the coming years.

    BTW… what was on today’s Nakoa lunch menu?

  39. H-Man August 15, 2016 6:36 pm

    KITV, Robert Kekaula interview coach Rolo, QB selection down to Dru Brown and Ikaika Woolsey. And today was pool-day after practice – Brodie Nakama (long snapper) ordered to jump off high board, learned he was being awarded a full scholarship. Good day for Warriors.

  40. islandman August 15, 2016 7:00 pm

    H-Man, Friday was the pool party, and i think a frosh talent show.
    madeinhawaii, from wsn poster : ” Lunch was great….pork/kalua pork/lau laus/ chicken/poi/salad/dessert. What a spread.”

  41. islandman August 15, 2016 7:23 pm

    ” The Department of Health has determined the Hepatitis A outbreak on Oahu is likely due to imported frozen scallops served raw at Genki Sushi Restaurants on Oahu and Kauai. The restaurants have been closed tonight to prevent any further illness and protect the public,” the notice said. ”

  42. H-Man August 15, 2016 7:42 pm

    Islandman, so was the interview by Kekaula with coach Rolo also this past Friday? If yes, then what coach Rolo said about the QB selection down to two is basically invalid. I wonder why Kekaula would air a Friday interview today?

  43. H-Man August 15, 2016 7:47 pm

    Well, so much for eating at Genki’s.

  44. islandman August 15, 2016 8:36 pm

    H-Man, the interview was today, but he pool party was on Friday.
    “Holding the most returning starts on the entire UH squad at 38, senior short snapper Brodie Nakama leads the most crucial and often overlooked aspect of the game. Friday evening during a pool outing, the Santa Clara, Calif. native was awarded a scholarship for his final season.” (hawaiiathletics article day 13)

  45. cocobean August 15, 2016 8:43 pm

    Chow was as old school as they come when handling QBs. Once you name a starter you stick with the guy. Chow took poor QB play as his responsibility, that poor QB play was on him for not coaching the guy up properly. But alas it seemed to me the more he coached a guy up the more tentative he played not wanting to repeat mistakes. He seemed to castrate the position. He took all the swagger out of the position and tried to turn all his QBs into game managers rather than play makers.

    I think Rolo has a better understanding of what it takes to win at the level we’re at and the personnel we have. For mid mid-major like us it usually takes a play making QB who can keep the chains moving whether with his arm, legs or moxie.
    Rolo gives me the impression he’ll fit his schemes and play calling to fit the strenghts of whoever he chooses as starter. I really trust Rolo’s eye to see who gives the team the best chance to win.

  46. Steve p August 15, 2016 8:59 pm

    I would put money that its Dru Brown ,,,Seen his tape? A good QB.

  47. z August 15, 2016 10:34 pm

    Why was Ikaika held out of throwing today?

  48. 808warriorfan August 15, 2016 11:04 pm

    #45 … “Cocobean” … VERY interesting analogy … I’m sure “OxA$$01” will have something negative to say about it …


  49. Tutu Kane Ale August 16, 2016 1:47 am

    Taking too long; when in doubt call June Jones or punt?

  50. Tutu Kane Ale August 16, 2016 1:50 am

    Rolo, want to bet JJ will call you instead like that’s his style and department..QB’s

  51. Boolakanaka August 16, 2016 5:27 am

    Coco, as always good comments and great insights…..

  52. warguy August 16, 2016 5:43 am

    AZ is the four star guy and was said by espn to be the next Johnny Manziel.. play the best , not just the Hawaiian. IW is alright but we have never been good with him at QB.. Maybe another year of experience will help that ???? I dont know.

  53. 3-Prong August 16, 2016 6:32 am

    Did Rolo say he liked what he saw from:

    1) Ikaika, Aaron, Brown
    2) Ikaika and Brown

    …kinda mumbled in the middle there.

  54. Hank August 16, 2016 6:32 am

    As long as it’s taken makes me thinks that it is … Dru Brown.

    IW has three-years of tape and had the spring …and could not pull away from Brown who just came aboard. I guess that the coaches must like what they see in Brown but are struggling with the “safe bet” in IW. I hope they go with Dru.

  55. Shoko August 16, 2016 6:33 am

    Sad to hear about Genki’s. I usually go there at least once when I go back home. Always enjoyed the quality unlike some other places up here on the mainland where the sushi is served on a petri dish. Hope this doesn’t affect future business.

  56. islandman August 16, 2016 6:37 am

    52. Today’s article said he said ” Ikaika, Aaron and Dru.”
    Also, today’s column by Ferd said the decision on Tulimasealii is left to higher powers on campus, overseen by the Office of General Counsel.

  57. haka August 16, 2016 6:40 am

    People, jeezy says get real, it’s Woolsey so relax; no need for an announcement.

  58. Shoko August 16, 2016 6:43 am

    So, do you go with a veteran QB who is in his last season and give him the majority of reps because it gives us the best chance of winning games, or do you go with first-year QB who will experience growing pains as he develops and learns the offense, but will comeback next season more experienced?

  59. islandman August 16, 2016 6:47 am

    54. News article in staradvertiser said Hepatitis A can come from consuming contaminated fruits, veggies or other foods, or raw SHELLFISH harvested from contaminated water.

  60. Shoko August 16, 2016 6:53 am

    There is always the risk of cross-contamination.

  61. Ipu Man August 16, 2016 7:21 am

    If me, I’d go with Ikaika cause he’s most experienced.
    BUT…if 4 and out or no scores in first quarter, then
    next man up. And likewise in the 2nd half for him.

  62. Ipu Man August 16, 2016 7:25 am

    btw, injury may decide for Rolo just as when Timmy Chang
    hurt his wrist and Rolo had to step up and change into RoloMan
    and win the game. Of course, our defense may also give their qb a
    hit or two that may knock that guy out of the game, too.

  63. Ipu Man August 16, 2016 7:26 am

    Never did like scallops. Like eating rubber.

  64. Jeezy33 August 16, 2016 7:55 am

    If I knew haka was so sensitive and was going to hold on to a comment for a whole day, I wouldn’t have replied to him. My bad. Let the QB battle continue.

  65. Inyoface August 16, 2016 8:00 am

    I agree, if the starting QB isn’t producing, getting first downs or the game is getting away in the first quarter and a half, I hope coach puts in the next man.

  66. Jeezy The Great August 16, 2016 8:05 am

    Either way, it seems like this year, qb will definitely be the weak link.

  67. What??? August 16, 2016 8:56 am

    Going be like 2008, Inoke had the lead in the early part and as Alexander learned the playbook and became more comfortable he took the job away. And remember who was the QB coach that year?

  68. haka August 16, 2016 9:04 am

    #63 Sweet!

  69. Rodney August 16, 2016 9:16 am

    Wonder which Qb
    is Cal Bears preparing to
    defend against.
    Did anyone see the size
    and athletics on Cal d line.

  70. Inyoface August 16, 2016 9:59 am

    We need to bring the team back to the mid 2000’s where we were up there with any Pac 10 team not named USC.

  71. Rodney August 16, 2016 10:11 am

    Any word on Saints Tua Man
    Is he and his father leaving
    Saint Louis?
    What’s going on?

  72. madeinhawaii August 16, 2016 10:13 am

    #67… Rodney,
    So what are you really asking?
    What QB we are willing to sacrifice? 😉

  73. madeinhawaii August 16, 2016 10:25 am

    Tagovailoa family says there is no truth to rumor that QB Tua has left Saint Louis.

  74. forsurftoo August 16, 2016 10:52 am

    At the NaKoa luncheon, Rolo spoke extensively about the QB’s. Since we were sworn to secrecy, I cannot divulge what he actually said…… I can say that there is a lot more to the QB selection than has been expressed in the media and on this thread. Stay Tuned.

  75. Bryson August 16, 2016 11:34 am

    One thing I noticed is Rolo is working hard not only on putting the football team back on the map but gaining support by helping to unite the University student body and the community…I hope that translates to more support at home games from the Manoa Maniacs

  76. Stephen Tsai August 16, 2016 11:57 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=38665

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