Warrior Beat

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

A former BMOC

by Stephen Tsai on August 25, 2016

In the 1980s, Mark Nua was a big deal — mostly because he was, well, really big. Even by today’s super-sized standards, his playing frame of 6-6 and 353 pounds would be considered larger-than-life. Nua has lost a lot of pounds since his UH playing days, but his stature remains large and important to the […]


“Saint Nick” delivers again

by Stephen Tsai on August 24, 2016

Apparently, Christmas comes more than once a year. A week after awarding a football scholarship to long-snapper Brodie Nakama, Nick Rolovich gave another one to running back Ryan Tuiasoa. “He’s proven he takes academics seriously,” Rolovich said. “I think he’s a wonderful teammate. He’s going to have a significant role on special teams. We like […]

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Warriors receive a boost

by Stephen Tsai on August 23, 2016

SYDNEY — Australian-raised players Stan Gaudion and Ben Scruton have been accepted into UH and are now official members of the Warriors. They will be accompanying the Warriors back to Honolulu this weekend. Gaudion is a punter. Scruton is listed as an “athlete.” * * * * * It’s a pretty interesting setup The Warriors […]

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Warriors arrive Down Under

by Stephen Tsai on August 21, 2016

The Warriors arrived, safe and sound, in Australia. The first event will be a visit to Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. We’ll be traveling so the next post will be maybe Monday night or Tuesday morning.

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Away they go: Warriors head to Australia

by Stephen Tsai on August 20, 2016

The Warriors had a 30-minute, walk-through session this morning ahead of this afternoon’s scheduled departure to Australia. The NCAA granted Sydney-raised Max Hendrie a waiver allowing him to travel with the team. He still is awaiting eligibility clearance to play this season.

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“Happy birthday, Jacob”

by Stephen Tsai on August 19, 2016

For his 10th birthday, Jacob Johnson wanted to hang out and play football with some of his heroes. Jacob was able to participate in scout drills. He also called the special pass play, a recreation of the Rolovich-to-Lelie TD that beat Fresno State in 2001. Jacob is a tough kid. He underwent 25 spinal taps […]

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Woolsey named No. 1 quarterback

by Stephen Tsai on August 18, 2016

As expected, Ikaika Woolsey has been named the starting quarterback for the season opener against California in Australia.

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Rolo picks QB, announcement to come

by Stephen Tsai on August 18, 2016

And the pick is in. Nick Rolovich has selected the No. 1 quarterback for the season opener, but will delay the public announcement until after meeting with the players this afternoon. “I want to talk to the guys,” Rolovich said after this morning’s 2-hour practice at the Ching Athletic Complex. “I’d rather the team know […]

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No decision yet on No. 1 QB

by Stephen Tsai on August 17, 2016

The Warriors do not have a No. 1 quarterback. They have three. The quarterback derby has been whittled to three, with junior-college transfer Cole Brownholtz working with the scout offense today. That leaves the competition to Ikaika Woolsey, Aaron Zwahlen and Dru Brown. Nick Rolovich has extended the deadline for naming a starting quarterback for […]



by Stephen Tsai on August 16, 2016

After Monday’s lackluster practice, the Warriors got a boost from the UH cheerleaders today. They were split into two groups — one cheering the offense, the other the defense. After practice, the soccer and football teams competed in a shootout challenge: And, finally, the Furuta siblings — Tia and Dayton — compete against each other:

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