Wittek expected to be ready

No Max Wittek?

No worries.

For the third consecutive Tuesday, quarterback Wittek was held out of contact drills to ease a sore leg. But coach Norm Chow said Wittek will start in Saturday’s homecoming game against San Diego State. Wittek, who was held out of the second half of the Boise State game, has started every game this year.

Ikaika Woolsey took the No. 1 reps today, and Beau Reilly worked with the second team. Both were crisp.

The fourth quarterback, Aaron Zwahlen, is on track to redshirt this season, although a final decision has not been made. Zwahlen worked with the scout offense.


  1. jimmy the lock October 6, 2015 10:49 am

    Time for a pinch hitter.

  2. tom-warriornation October 6, 2015 10:51 am

    We should start Reilly or Zhahlen–I would like to see how they perform under the lights! You will never know who will be the spark that the team needs unless they play when it counts!

  3. Rodney October 6, 2015 10:53 am

    Good news!! We need Max!
    Go warriors!

  4. tom-warriornation October 6, 2015 10:54 am

    Since it appears that the UH football program is on a downward spiral; Chow should just resign now and forfeit his remaining salary–if he truly cares about the program. An interim head coach might FIRE UP the team; and lead us to the promised land; unlike our current coach!

  5. Old School Dave October 6, 2015 10:59 am

    You going to curl up and whimper or are you going to get up and fight? The team needs to dig down deep and overcome this. Go Warriors!!

  6. PONO October 6, 2015 11:13 am

    It’s tough to believe what ST is reporting. We can’t put up any points with our first team QB and yet the reports are the 2nd and 3rd string QB look crisp seems like a very homer comment.

  7. Willie October 6, 2015 11:17 am

    SteveM, found out that SDSU stud running back out for the game with an ankle injury. Need to revise my prediction a bit from my 24 – 10. Still pick the Aztecs in a close one, 17 – 13 over the home team.

  8. jimmy the lock October 6, 2015 11:23 am

    A lot of QB’s looked crisp against UH.

    Hopefully all it takes is a home game to bring back the mojo.

  9. H-Man October 6, 2015 11:26 am

    Glad Max is able to start on Saturday, but if the pain gets too bad, bring in Reilly. Ikaika always looks good in practice, but struggles under the lights. Time to try someone else if necessary. Besides QB, I am looking to see a shake-up on the O-line. Clearly the one that started the past couple of weeks is not getting it done. Especially in run blocking. And about time to bring Lakalaka in at starting RB for his blocking and tough running. Use Paul Harris for swing passes or a simple sweep to the outside. Why force him to do something he is uncomfortable with like blocking? It seems like common sense to me.

  10. Andrew October 6, 2015 11:36 am


    Not saying Chow is succeeding or anything but the previous AD didn’t exactly set him or the team up for success with this schedule. The team just looked worn out and along with BSUs excellent execution equaled the rout. Now with a bunch of key players injured entering the rest of conference play, things look a lot tougher.

  11. vailima October 6, 2015 11:43 am

    The team will be fine. It’s a good team, had a terrible night, that’s it.

  12. nanakuli October 6, 2015 11:49 am

    Jimmy the lock is so right. All the 2nd and 3rd string QB’s look good against the Hawaii defense. I hope we can out score SDSU on Saturday. Looks like Norm is calling the same plays from the past 4 years. Coach Bailey has as much power as Coach Wynn had.

  13. A-House October 6, 2015 12:07 pm

    amongst the Army officer corps, we used the words “moral courage”

    along the street, its “balls” or “guts” or whatever word(s) you want to use

    is there a lack of this at UH? tell the “downtowners” not to interfere with hiring of coaches or the UH BOR really setting goals/objectives to steer UH into the 22nd century or the football HC to really try some things out of the box

  14. st. anthony trojan October 6, 2015 12:10 pm

    This is a repost of “seewhy” post yesterday..in case sum of you missed it…very good read…

    Thanks seewhy…

  15. DaMenehune October 6, 2015 12:13 pm

    SteveM UH 24 Them 10
    GO BOWS!!

  16. st. anthony trojan October 6, 2015 12:13 pm

    must be getting old or nuts or crazy or all 3 he he he


  17. Inyoface October 6, 2015 12:23 pm

    Does Woosley always look good in practice?

  18. Arcumfortis October 6, 2015 12:24 pm

    Max gives us the best chance to win. Hope is close to 100% by Saturday. Very big game on Saturday. Either a taste of redemption and optimism or we go down the tubes as we have each previous year under coach Chow. Past three seasons we start the season with some promise and then we crash and burn. Hope for a different pattern this year. Is waiting for our offense to “break out” becoming delusional? Might be but I am still hoping this is possible and this will be the week.

  19. H-Man October 6, 2015 12:24 pm

    nanakuli, I hate to say it, but I believe your second comment is spot on. Anyway, it sure appears that way the past two games. Perhaps the level of competition forced a certain strategy, but it should be different this Saturday. Hoping for the best and win. Go Warriors !!!

  20. Na Koa Mike October 6, 2015 12:32 pm

    CALLING ALL UH FOOTBALL ALUMS….Homecoming is this Saturday! Cheer on the team as they face San Diego State. Kick off at 6:00pm. Prior to the game, come join us for a homecoming tailgate from 3:30pm to 5:30pm. Contact joyce@nakoa.org for more information and to sign up.

  21. nomu October 6, 2015 12:47 pm

    We need Wittek to play or it will be tough to win any of the remaining games. Just a side note, our receivers coach said on tv that we have to get a little better. Imo, the receiver’s level of play right needs to improve a lot now or it won’t matter if Wittek plays or not. Discouraging when you see them giving up on their routes. All eleven guys have to show up on each play or this is going to go south fast.

  22. SailorBlue October 6, 2015 12:47 pm

    Aloha Tsai-kos & Tsai-kettes ~ It’s FOOTBALL and tgate time again. The team needs us more than ever so come on out to the tgate and game. Mrs. SB & I have reserved Cabana A at Rainbow Bay Marina. The routine remains the same: early crew arrive/set-up ~9AM, grill crew fires-up ~10-10:30, eat ono grindz until clean-up ~1.5 hours prior to the game. Back after the game to finish off food / celebrate the WIN. Donations to pay for the Cabana, pop-up tent and common items (paper & plastic items, charcoal, etc) are always welcome. Remember, everybody (locals and visitors) are welcome. Questions – email me at jboster(at)yahoo(dot)com. Hope to see everybody there even if it’s after the game. Cheers, SailorBlue

  23. oneseason October 6, 2015 12:48 pm

    Coach Chow has 2 wins and 5 home games remaining. Saturday’s Aloha Stadium game against San Diego State is only 4 days away. With only one road win in 3+ seasons, pretty much each home game now looks like a decision gate for Coach Chow to succeed in leading UH to a bowl game.

  24. SteveM October 6, 2015 12:52 pm

    Tsai-kos Guess the Score
    Scores will accepted until noon on game day.
    Exact score to win.

    UH – SD – Blogger
    16 – 14 = Bigwave96744
    20 – 17 = 3-prong
    21 – 10 = Ipu Man
    23 – 21 = nutmegger
    24 – 10 = DaMenehune
    24 – 14 = ML Warrior
    30 – 20 = oneseason
    31 – 28 = Rodney
    49 – 17 = st. anthony trojan
    56 – 14 = Akamai Okole

    SD – UH – Blogger
    14 – 06 = Fei Jai
    17 – 13 = Willie
    24 – 17 = Come on, man!
    31 – 13 = winning

  25. cobupiami October 6, 2015 1:11 pm

    Go Bows!!!

    UH 14- SD 10

  26. NotNasti October 6, 2015 1:13 pm

    Us: 24 Dem: 17

  27. Whats up October 6, 2015 1:42 pm

    It’s a home game, so I give Hawaii a slim chance to pull off a very slim win. This is going to be a ugly game for both injury plagued teams. I expect the Hawaii Defense to carry the team and the Offense good field position. And with that good field position WR Coach Luke Matthews WR corps being unable to produce again relies on the field goal kicker to put up points. With that expectation, I give it to the team that makes more Field Goals that the other team.

    Hawaii 12 -Yep thats 4 Field Goals!

    San Diego State 9- Yep thats 3 Field Goals!

  28. H-Man October 6, 2015 2:13 pm

    The outcome versus SDSU will depend on whether Pumphrey plays. But then again, the leading rusher v. Fresno was Chase Price (27/151); Pumphrey (23/124). SDSU’s passing has been worse than Hawaii’s. Sooo…..I predict:
    Haw-38, SDSU-24.

  29. seewhy October 6, 2015 2:18 pm

    You’re welcome, st. anthony trojan! I was very surprised to read an article about UH. It was very surreal though. Hawaii is being placed in a very tough spot now…

  30. greenthumb October 6, 2015 2:20 pm

    UH 16, SDSU 12 please and thanks. Hoping for a good defensive contest and for a sharp drop in penalties.

  31. seewhy October 6, 2015 2:20 pm

    RE: Inyoface #18

    I think he is like your typical “driving range golfer”.

  32. Tarai October 6, 2015 2:35 pm

    UH 21 SD 17

  33. rundown808 October 6, 2015 2:47 pm

    This is insanity. Doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result. Without the right receivers the ball is going no where. You got Whittek who can throw beyond Woosleys capabilities. OL is not giving him the prtection he needs. However, the receiving Corp lacks the speed and technical skills needed to get the job done. That is obvious. So what now? You need a spark to open opportunities on the field to get your 1st downs. No one receiver has proven it at every game. Where’s the spark in your receiving corp? You got Kennedy who is the spark on your D line. You got Whittek as QB with his arm. He’s not perfect but he can throw accurately past 10 yards. But your receiver corp lacks the spark needed to drive the ball down the field. I don’t care if you Mariota as QB. the receivers lack the speed and technical skills to complete the plays then we are doing the same thing over n over. Nothing. Flat. Need a spark to ignite the flame.

  34. z October 6, 2015 3:15 pm

    UH 3 – SD 0

  35. Kapahulu October 6, 2015 3:46 pm

    UH 15-14.

  36. st. anthony trojan October 6, 2015 4:24 pm

    D-fence is ok… they will step up.. n get a few turnovers… me is pretty sure…especially at home n b – 4 parents n friends…they will be self motivated…coach has no enthusiasm to get them going…position coaches CAN N will probably…do it…

    The offense is a big problem…dropped balls should be counted as errors like in BB…so we know EXACTLY how many were dropped…n not just blame all receivers for dropped balls…if me was receivers coach… n a pass was dropped…out you come.. n back-up in on next play…till you can prove you can catch…consistently…i guess right now you can drop passes in practice n games n no consequences are forthcoming…so why practice hard ???… n the childish idea of running laps etc…does not work…it is performance that counts…cuz 11 has to be same page…ALL the time to make it work…if u not mess up…u play… mess up n ride the timbers…

  37. oldtimer808 October 6, 2015 4:35 pm

    I don’t predict with common sense but as a supporter of UH Football: Warriors 31 San Diego State 14. I’m sorry win or lose this season, Chow should go. I don’t appreciate the yelling at a coach on national TV. You have to respect your coaches no matter what.

  38. oldtimer808 October 6, 2015 4:37 pm

    We need a receiver’s coach who is akamai in route running and catching with their hands.

  39. Maui Boy October 6, 2015 4:49 pm

    Still think we should play Woolsey instead of Wittek. Our slant plays are not working cause linebackers are playing back watching for slat plays instead of blitzing cause they know Wittek can’t run. Woolsey could be more successful if the play callers would actually call plays for him to run the ball instead of always handing off the ball. We saw what Woolsy could do toward the end of last year but the problem with last year is that we had limited pro style (halfback runs) instead of more spread type plays.

  40. SteveM October 6, 2015 4:57 pm

    greenthumb — long time!
    cobupiami too!

    So far the score predications indicate not much offensive fireworks from UH (77% guessing 24 or less) but a stout defense in most cases: 82% predicting 23 points or less by SDSU.

  41. SteveM October 6, 2015 4:59 pm

    Tsai-kos Guess the Score
    Scores will accepted until noon on game day.
    Exact score to win.

    UH – SD – Blogger
    03 – 00 = z
    12 – 09 = Whats up
    14 – 10 = cobupiami
    15 – 14 = Kapahulu
    16 – 12 = greenthumb
    16 – 14 = Bigwave96744
    20 – 17 = 3-prong
    21 – 10 = Ipu Man
    21 – 17 = Tarai
    23 – 21 = nutmegger
    24 – 10 = DaMenehune
    24 – 14 = ML Warrior
    24 – 17 = NotNasti
    30 – 20 = oneseason
    31 – 28 = Rodney
    38 – 24 – H-Man
    49 – 17 = st. anthony trojan
    56 – 14 = Akamai Okole

    SD – UH – Blogger
    14 – 06 = Fei Jai
    17 – 13 = Willie
    24 – 17 = Come on, man!
    31 – 13 = winning

  42. greenthumb October 6, 2015 5:18 pm

    Thanks, SteveM, yep long time! Still supporting, and trying to think positive. Am hopeful our defense is recharging this week after a LOT of gametime minutes lately. I think they might just pin down SDSU for a safety to inspire the offense.

  43. protector October 6, 2015 6:06 pm

    Warriors 42 Aztecs 21 please.

    It disheartens me to hear that Wittek is starting again. With all due respect to Coach Chow, I disagree that Max has all the tools to reach the next level. And his comparison to Carson Palmer is ludicrous. He’s mediocre at best. When June Jones would say that Colt or Rolo had the “it” factor, it was very evident how accurate the assessment was. When Chow said that Taylor Graham and Max Wittek have “it”, it’s just so much baloney. I’m just wondering (if Chow is still here by then) if Mackenzie Milton will even be given a legitimate shot, seeing as how he doesn’t have prototypical size. All the kid’s got is speed, athleticism, heart, great judgement and the will to win. Let’s hope he doesn’t change his mind about coming here.

  44. Ipu Man October 6, 2015 6:12 pm

    So far this season, I guess MacDonald’s is happy for
    UH low offense output.
    But I still buy their Big Mac UH specials on Mondays.

  45. orioles4eva October 6, 2015 6:23 pm

    I am hoping that all things are possible at home.

    Bows 20 Asstecs 14

  46. cappie the dog October 6, 2015 6:26 pm

    RIP filmmaker Chantal Ackerman

    Hawaii 38
    SDSU 21

  47. Don Weir October 6, 2015 6:30 pm

    # 5 Old School Dave
    Almost a paraphrase of Eliot’s “Hollow Men’ who don’t die with a bang but with a whimper.

    I am aligned with MadDog50’s sentiments on previous blogs; get behind this team/coaches this season or ‘whimper’.

  48. Come on, Man! October 6, 2015 6:44 pm

    “Still think we should play Woolsey instead of Wittek. Our slant plays are not working cause linebackers are playing back watching for slat plays instead of blitzing cause they know Wittek can’t run.”

    This is one of the more ridiculous things I’ve read on this blog.

  49. SteveM October 6, 2015 6:58 pm

    RE: #44
    protector — I had the same first impression. Also add Wittek. I’ve begun to realize that Chow’s QB assessment might actually be correct, as it stands alone. Of course, at say, USC, the QB had 5-star receivers to throw to and a 5-star offensive line. Wittek spent most of his time on the ground his first year did better with a little more time on his feet in year 2. So I reserve judgment now. The QB doesn’t play alone on the field.

    I remember JJ spent his first few years recruiting an offensive line, then assembling receivers for Chang, Rolo, and Colt. In the movie “The Replacements” I remember Gene Hackman trying to recruit Keanu Reeves by saying he’s assembled a line that can’t be beat (or similar) and receivers even he couldn’t overthrow”. The wide receiver speedster couldn’t catch and the line was a sumo wrestler and gang bodyguards, but that was the charm of the show. But I digress… 😐

  50. Ala Wai October 6, 2015 7:42 pm

    It’s not the QB. It’s not the WRs or Rbs. It’s the system the coaches are trying to run.
    The system SUX. If we want to win, go to a huddle, milk the clock and use the time. Keep the ball away from the other team. We win if the score is UH 17 SDSU 13.
    It’ll have to do until we bring in a new staff and system.

  51. oneseason October 6, 2015 7:59 pm

    It’s Groundhog Season (without Bill Murray) … After 4 years of this, I think more than a few folks (myself included) feel that the fault lies not in the recruits’ stars.

  52. Derek October 6, 2015 8:10 pm

    Yeah, we really need Max. He’s completing 45.8% of his passes and his QB rating is 96 which ranks 119 out of 120 in Division I, FBS QBs. In other words, Max is where the wild things are!!!! Sean Schroeder looks like an All American by comparison. Phil Steele had Wittek Pre-season MW 1st team QB. Right, Phil. Just because he went to USC doesn’t mean squat. Wittek needs to start leading our team to victory like right now. A loss this week means no winning record this year and no bowl game. We have to win this home game, period.

  53. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 6, 2015 8:18 pm

    I still believe that Max gives us the best shot. Better than Woosley in any case. I have not seen Riley or Zwalen so I can’t say if they can or cannot.

    But given a choice between the 2, Max should have what it takes to help us get there. The receivers need to catch the damn balls first and foremost. As for running incorrect or crap routes, that should be corrected by the WR coach if he is able to. I still have my doubts about Matthews and if he has what it takes to help coach up our WR. We shall see. If they catch what they touch, a lot of these issues won’t be issues.

  54. jmor56 October 6, 2015 8:43 pm

    Drop Chow and the Rainbow and bring back the WARRIOR!!!

  55. el burro sabio October 6, 2015 8:54 pm

    This can’t be all on Matthews. Cookus coaches TE. There are two OCs on staff, someone must know how to coach receivers, or coach the coach who coaches the receivers.

  56. UH4eva October 6, 2015 9:03 pm

    #4 Yes agree but you NC is so hard headed he will not do what is best for the program in the name of “I will not quit and show the players to be a quiter”. No he will just run the program into the ground.

  57. hitmanhart October 6, 2015 9:48 pm

    aloha everyone !! cant belived that chow thinks we going to be playing BS again in 9 weeks !!that crack no was good enough ? mean da drugs !! lol should be thinking about how to jump start his offence !! even is max is good to go on game day . he should the other 1st !! if no work then go to max !! let max get well !! better to lose him only for 1 game then the rest of da season !!

  58. cocobean October 6, 2015 10:40 pm

    In my opinion from what I’ve seen Wittek and Woolsey are throwers rather than passers. From what I’ve heard they’re passers in practice but when the lights go on they look like rookie pitchers who rely only their fastball when the pressure is on. I waiting for one of them to settle down and pass like they’re capable of. They have to start showing some command over the offense. If not it’s time to take a look at someone else. At the beginning of the season Boise started the QB they thought gave them the best chance of winning and his name wasn’t Brett Rypien.

  59. hitmanhart October 6, 2015 11:27 pm

    as why i been saying they should been try all the qb they been thinking on trips !! you never know some people dont practice well but look out on game day !! seem it hard for the young player to get a chance to play with chow as da head coach !!

  60. Maddog50 October 7, 2015 3:22 am

    My emotions of the last few days in check……the Warriors coaches players et al will have to play with the “wounded animal” mentality. The past several weeks have been nothing short of brutal both in scheduling and outcome. It is time for the rise up! I still like this team, it has to execute in all phases. this week the opponent is not SDSU it is the stoic granite faced Rocky Long-he will stay the course with dogged determination in order to win. His team will come prepared and determined to win regardless of who he has or doesn’t have—-that being said it has been a long time since I have seen us dominate a team start to finish—how bout now! Like I said wounded animals! We need more Kennedy!!!!! GO WARRIORS!

  61. Chopsueyboy October 7, 2015 5:51 am

    UH 31 – SDSU 17

  62. cappie the dog October 7, 2015 6:09 am


    With all due respect, but isn’t a conservative offensive game plan what everybody was complaining about over Norm Chow’s tenure?

    But I see where you’re coming from.

    Maybe you have to “keep it simple, stupid”(not meant to be construed in a derogatory sense) in order for Hawaii’s offense to find its bearings.

    That first possession against Boise State was painful to watch.

    I think Hawaii incited the Broncos by choosing to accept the ball at the outset of the game.

    Take time off the clock and let the defense win the game for you.

    We have a punter that has the ability to reverse field position.

    I like our punter.

  63. cappie the dog October 7, 2015 6:10 am

    I would like to see Stephen Lakalaka get a start.

  64. cappie the dog October 7, 2015 6:11 am


  65. H-Man October 7, 2015 6:48 am

    Wikipedia. KISS is an acronym for “Keep it simple, stupid” as a design principle noted by the U.S. Navy in 1960.[1][2] The KISS principle states that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated; therefore simplicity should be a key goal in design and unnecessary complexity should be avoided. The phrase has been associated with aircraft engineer Kelly Johnson (1910–1990).[3] … The principle is best exemplified by the story of Johnson handing a team of design engineers a handful of tools, with the challenge that the jet aircraft they were designing must be repairable by an average mechanic in the field under combat conditions with only these tools. Hence, the “stupid” refers to the relationship between the way things break and the sophistication available to repair them.

  66. Ipu Man October 7, 2015 7:16 am

    Cappie #62, I agree with you. UH should choose to defend
    and let the other team receive the ball first. Our defense can
    then give the ball and a BOOOST to the offense…hopefully.

  67. wow October 7, 2015 7:20 am

    #44, ok we get it you hate Chow. It might have been better if you just wrote that because the case you made has a lot of holes and makes no sense. especially the point about MM, yup UH offers scholarships to players and will not given them a “legitimate shot” ….. lol, that is grade school thinking …

  68. wow October 7, 2015 7:41 am

    Recap of todays blog rant, seems similar everyday:
    QB – Junk
    Norm Chow – Junk
    ST Reporting – Junk
    Previous AD – Junk
    system and coaches – Junk
    Rainbow – Junk
    Blog Analysis – Junk

  69. UHfan808 October 7, 2015 9:31 am

    Good morning, Tsai-kos! πŸ™‚

    Homecoming is near!

  70. UHfan808 October 7, 2015 9:44 am

    I realize it may be difficult for many of you/us to keep things positive

    But can you keep things said here positive, please.

    By Positive I mean:

    Focus on strengths while keeping in mind weaknesses

    Does that make sense?


    I’d rather read productive comments that help me understand and identify (clarify) exactly what you mean

    For example:

    1) State *exactly* what you see, and

    2) State *exactly* what you’d LIKE to see!


    That’s what KISS means!


  71. Casual Observer October 7, 2015 9:46 am

    Hoping Bows put on a dominating performance even though they’re favored by only 3. If the offense is unable to be productive in the air and ground, then the truth is we really don’t have an offense. QB should have more time to pass which is a big deal. And if the O can get productive, the D has something to play for and the entire season will look way more optimistic.

  72. Trunks420 October 7, 2015 10:20 am

    UH 28 SDS 24

  73. UpIrons October 7, 2015 10:25 am

    Warriors win 27 – 17!

  74. st. anthony trojan October 7, 2015 10:27 am

    Hmmmmm spectacular catch by former warrior up north…


  75. Maddog50 October 7, 2015 10:33 am

    Chicago is buzzing Bears won, Cubs in Playoff, Blackhawks open with Baner ceremony……trade it all for a Warrior Vicotry. Like Stephen in Braveheart said in reference to Ireland-“it’s my island!” Go Warriors!!!

  76. Stephen Tsai October 7, 2015 11:02 am

    New post; http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=33635

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