Warrior football: Stockpiling arms

Cole Brownholtz of Sierra College will be the Warriors’ fourth quarterback addition since the end of spring training.

Brownholtz is a nice match because: 1) Sierra ran the “Air Raid” offense that has many concepts of the four-wide offense the Warriors utilized from 1999 through 2011, and 2) Nick Rolovich has kept tabs on Brownholtz since June 2014, when Brownholtz attended Nevada’s football camp for high school players. Rolovich was Nevada’s offensive coordinator at the time.

UH also was able to beat the crowd because there was a wide-spread presumption Brownholtz would return to Sierra for his second season. Instead, Brownholtz, an NCAA qualifier out of high school, opted to transfer to UH, where he will have four years to play three seasons.

Another incoming quarterback, Dru Brown, of the College of San Mateo, also used an opt-out option to transfer to UH. Brown, like Brownholtz, has four years to play three UH seasons.

Brownholtz, Brown and Kyle Gallup, who played at Marshall last season. have post-high-school experience. Cole McDonald, who is enrolled in UH’s bridge program, is the only straight-from-high-school quarterback on the roster. As a grayshirt in 2011, Ikaika Woolsey trained with City College of San Francisco players — but was not a member of the Rams — while attending as a part-time student. His NCAA eligibility clock did not start until he joined the Warriors in January 2012. Beau Reilly, who initially signed with Colorado State, and Aaron Zwahlen joined the Warriors after serving two-year church missions.

Here’s a quarterback projection (in alphabetical order):

> Senior: Ikaika Woolsey.
> Sophomores: Dru Brown, Cole Brownholtz, Hunter Hughes, Beau Reilly.
> Freshmen: Kyle Gallup, Cole McDonald, Aaron Zwahlen.

> Juniors: Dru Brown, Cole Brownholtz, Hunter Hughes, Beau Reilly.
> Sophomores: Kyle Gallup, Cole McDonald, Aaron Zwahlen.

> Seniors: Dru Brown, Cole Brownholtz, Hunter Hughes, Beau Reilly.
> Juniors: Kyle Gallup, Cole McDonald, Aaron Zwahlen.

> Seniors: Kyle Gallup, Cole McDonald, Aaron Zwahlen.

If McDonald, Brown and Brownholtz were to redshirt this year, it would project like this:

> Senior: Ikaika Woolsey.
> Sophomores: Dru Brown, Cole Brownholtz, Hunter Hughes, Beau Reilly.
> Freshmen: Kyle Gallup, Cole McDonald, Aaron Zwahlen.

> Juniors:Hunter Hughes, Beau Reilly.
> Sophomores: Dru Brown, Cole Brownholtz, Kyle Gallup, Aaron Zwahlen.
> Freshman: Cole McDonald.

> Seniors: Hunter Hughes, Beau Reilly.
> Juniors: Dru Brown, Cole Brownholtz, Kyle Gallup, Aaron Zwahlen.
> Sophomore: Cole McDonald.

> Seniors: Dru Brown, Cole Brownholtz, Kyle Gallup, Aaron Zwahlen.
> Junior: Cole McDonald


  1. tom June 29, 2016 8:54 am

    The arms race is still going on?

  2. cheepono June 29, 2016 9:12 am

    is brownholtz walking on or joining as a schollie? no hanapaa tweet from rolo das why.

  3. Boolakanaka June 29, 2016 9:13 am

    Hmmmn, interesting. If Aaron lives up to his potential and makes a serious run as the starter in 2017, a bunch of these guys will transfer or drop out of sight–that’s a good thing.

  4. st. anthony trojan June 29, 2016 9:29 am

    yesterday # 30 H-man… yea me agree… most of us like to play “columbo n perry mason” sum times… he he he

  5. PBnJz June 29, 2016 9:54 am

    Just wanted to add my 2 cents on the KT situation…
    I’m sorry that he made the bad decisions that have led to this place and derailed his career at UH. But I think the school was absolutely correct with the dismissal and that he should never wear a UH football uniform ever again (except in some sort of alumni game many years from now). As for the deferral, if granted, I think the time period should be something like 2-3 yrs. That ensures he truly has to concentrate on getting his act together and learning to make better decisions. Let some other team pick him up and give him his second chance…like JJ did with Colt and others. If football is over for him, then if he can find other financial aid, I hope he does get his degree at UH or elsewhere. He needs some tough love to realize how much he lost and that he’ll need to work hard to make his life better and not just rely on football talent to get him thru…

  6. SC June 29, 2016 11:03 am

    Coach Rolovich recruited a lot of quarterbacks in a short time. After watching spring practices and the final scrimmage, I did not feel that the quarterbacks were grasping the offensive schemes. Good that Dru Brown and Cole Brownholtz were qualifiers out of high school. Hawaii will need them.

  7. Da Punchbowl Kid June 29, 2016 11:59 am

    The cream will rise – we’ll see!


  8. islandman June 29, 2016 12:05 pm

    Steele’s All-MWC preseason team. per Curran. 2nd team, D Allen & P Harris. 3rd team, Tavai, Garcia-Williams & Sanchez.

  9. jeezy33 June 29, 2016 12:31 pm

    Brownholtz won’t redshirt IMO. At the very least, I imagine Rolo drawing up package plays for him. Easily the best athlete with the best size of the QBs. Will run in the 4.5 range and has a chiselled frame. Could see him used in running and short yard situations. Played in option offense in high school.

  10. Boolakanaka June 29, 2016 12:57 pm

    I agree with Jeezy, seems clear, at least for me, he wants him to challenge Ikaika and at the very least, pencil himself in at #2.

  11. Willie June 29, 2016 1:27 pm

    #10Boo, U think that Ikaiaka has the inside track @ #1. Don’t think that anyone should overlook Zwahlen. So far in 2 years Ikaiaka has not been impressive in any phase. Do like all of the new arms on the team, competition brings out the best in all.

  12. jeezy33 June 29, 2016 1:36 pm

    11. Ikaika definitely has the inside track. If Zwahlen was showing real signs of improvement, 2 QBs wouldn’t have been signed after spring. Ikaika may not have been impressive, but he won more games as a starter than any other QB Norm Chow started.

    This will be a rebuild year. No real positive way to spin it.

  13. SteveM June 29, 2016 2:04 pm

    Welcome Cole Brownholtz!

  14. H-Man June 29, 2016 3:16 pm

    The QB situation will make for very interesting fall practice. My gut tells me one of the transfers will separate himself from the pack.

  15. Inyoface June 29, 2016 3:45 pm

    I think everyone has a shot at qb, I don’t think Woolsey has an edge. Game experience is overrated and we’ve seen him play for a couple years now and I don’t see that “it” factor.

  16. Ipu Man June 29, 2016 4:29 pm

    If too many qb’s, can always ask some to play safety 🙂

  17. al June 29, 2016 5:58 pm

    12. I was thinking the exact same thing. Depth there or lack of is critical. I’ve been hearing that too.

    6 scholie qb’s is the norm in most programs. Ideally spread over the classes.

    I can’t imagine how bad our qb’s depth would have been had Chow returned.

  18. al June 29, 2016 6:04 pm

    Only Ikaika and Aaron has a shot to challenge for starter. Hopefully the two JC guys will lend competition to push everyone else since they are the only ones with a season of play.

  19. al June 29, 2016 6:07 pm

    We’ll see how good Rolo and Stutz are at developing qb’s .

  20. A-House June 29, 2016 7:07 pm

    IMHO, Ikaika should be moved to slot or DB w/ a QB mentality would be helpful

    question is: was he “ineffective” or the “OL” ineffective” or both which is the worst scenario the past 2 years

    glad that Coach Rolo has no “it” statements like the previous coach who can now talk to flowers.

    gotta admit that the QB situation is getting most interesting – how will Stuz and/or Rolo craft practice schedule for all 6 QBs or will 2 or 3 agree to red shirt during/after fall camp — media reports say most have “size” and can”heave” the ball some 60-70 yds – hope it’s with great accuracy like Colt B!

    and to Coltie B – wherever you are and whatever you’re doing – find much happiness and good health!!!!!

  21. kapakahi June 29, 2016 8:05 pm

    Would be nice to stockpile some more DTs too.

  22. amela June 29, 2016 8:27 pm

    Agree with A-House Ikaika should try slot or safety, he a pretty tough kid with a QB mentality.

  23. Maddog50 June 30, 2016 3:48 am

    Like all the prospects at QB. Without effective QB play you go nowhere. Of course there has to be other pieces but a well crafted offense and a good QB you can alleviate some other concerns. For the most part. Of the schedule they will be able to move the ball-I have said this any times over at every level of the game if you can score 3X on offense you will be in every or most game and win more often than not. Someone will rise above and number 2 and 3 will also be functional. You can move around most other positional personnel and cover inadequacies-not at Qb. I really do not see any positional converts among the known prospects, so the leader will emerge from this group-

  24. Da Punchbowl Kid June 30, 2016 4:37 am

    kapakahi – #21 – agree! It seems to be problem every year – not enough big boys to keep a fresh rotation.

  25. OKC Painting June 30, 2016 6:02 am

    Sounds like it could be a great set of players!

  26. Darin Pang June 30, 2016 6:41 am

    For the projections, what happened with Tuileta? Did his transfer to UH not happen? I thought he would be on there for 2017 and 2018.

  27. H-Man June 30, 2016 6:57 am

    Oh, I don’t know about that. Warriors’ interior defensive linemen 2-deep rotation.
    Kory Rasmussen 6-2 295
    Ka’au Gifford 6-4 275
    Samuela Akoteu 6-2 300
    Penetito Faalalogo 5-11 300
    Zeno Choi 6-3 260
    There’s ample big bodies with the return of Ka’au and the emergence of Zeno. All have significant playing time experience, except for Akoteu. And even with the loss of Natane Muti who wants to play for Fresno St, there are three incoming interior DL freshmen. Alesana Sunia of American Samoa is the biggest at 6-2 305. He might be able to contribute right away.

  28. RSYmoney June 30, 2016 7:00 am

    A-House, Another factor last year was the wide receivers and tight ends dropping too many balls in crutial situations and also not getting separation. We need them to set up too to help the QB whoever it is.

  29. BigPuny June 30, 2016 7:28 am

    I thought Tuileta transferred home also? Is he only playing volleyball?

  30. kapakahi June 30, 2016 7:32 am


    6 scholie QBs for 1 QB position…….compared against 5 scholie DTs (including Sunia) for 2 DT positions (since Zeno a walk-on).

    Yup……definitely need to stockpile more DTs….

  31. Stephen Tsai June 30, 2016 9:11 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=37941

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