Warrior Beat

Expanded coverage of UH football, including practice notes, game analysis, recruiting info and observations on the Mountain West Conference.

Training resumes

by Stephen Tsai on July 6, 2015

After a mandatory one-week break, the Warriors entered the second phase of organized offseason training this morning. (Most of the players, though, trained on their own during the break.)


Still in the running

by Stephen Tsai on July 5, 2015

Remember offensive dynamo John Ursua? He signed with UH in February 2012 and, after his Cedar High (Utah) graduation, went on a church mission. After completing his church work, Ursua learned he still needed to fulfill further academic requirements to join the Warriors. He was not included in the Warriors’ initial 2015 plans. But Ursua […]

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LB’s status still on hold

by Stephen Tsai on July 4, 2015

Outside linebacker Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea’s status remains uncertain — but hopeful — as the NCAA considers his appeal and subsequent response for an application to play this season. Citing special family-related circumstances, Kema-Kaleiwahea is seeking an exemption to the rule requiring a player to redshirt after transferring from an FBS school to another. Kema-Kaleiwahea transferred from […]

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Cornerback retires

by Stephen Tsai on July 3, 2015

Cornerback Anthony Pierce has been approved for a medical retirement. Pierce, who joined as a grayshirt in January 2013, will remain on full scholarship. He is expected to work as a student assistant this season. Pierce’s father is Antonio Pierce, who was an NFL linebacker for nine seasons. The elder Pierce is Long Beach Poly’s […]

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Ex-Duck joins Warriors as GA

by Stephen Tsai on July 2, 2015

Ramsen Golpashin, a former Oregon football player, has joined the Warriors as a graduate assistant. He will assist offensive line coach Chris Naeole. Golpashin was co-captain on the Oregon team that lost to Auburn in the 2011 BCA National Championship game. Golpashin was the offensive line coach at College of the Canyons. He also worked […]


Rasmussen, Hittner earn scholarships

by Stephen Tsai on July 1, 2015

The Warriors not only have a traditionally strong walk-on program, but they have been generous in rewarding good-character, hard-working players. Nose tackle Kory Rasmussen and long-snapper Brian Hittner are the latest walk-ons to be awarded football scholarships. If there’s space, the Warriors are expected to present a scholarship or two during training camp. Here are […]

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The ‘Bows of summer

by Stephen Tsai on June 30, 2015

Yesterday was the first day of classes for nine first-year Warriors. They are enrolled in the so-called bridge program — two full-credit courses that run through early August. The program, available to all UH students, leads to the start of the Warriors’ training camp on Aug. 4. The program is a helpful jump-start for UH […]

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LB Gouveia joins Warriors

by Stephen Tsai on June 29, 2015

Dalton Gouveia — the son of Polynesian Football Hall of Fame member Kurt Gouveia — officially joins the Warriors today. Dalton Gouveia is a recent graduate of Charlotte Christian High in North Carolina. He arrived in Honolulu on Saturday, attended an orientation yesterday, and begins the bridge program today. (The bridge is two summer classes […]

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Nose tackle commits to Warriors

by Stephen Tsai on June 28, 2015

Nose tackle Samiuela Akoteu told the Warrior Beat — that’s us — that he is joining the Warriors. Here’s the skinny on a guy who is 6 feet 2 and 320 pounds: > Background: As a Junipero Serra High (Gardena, Calif.) senior, Akoteu signed a letter of intent with Fresno State in February 2014. He […]

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Warriors go clubbing

by Stephen Tsai on June 27, 2015

It’s summer, and several Warriors hit the club. They had fun, made new friends, and stayed past 4. It was the Boys & Girls Club, and the Warriors and about 100 youths played dodgeball, pool, basketball and foosball way past 4 in the afternoon. Lance Williams, a UH linebacker and co-captain, is interning at the […]

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