Warrior Beat

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

Update: ’09 O-line

by Stephen Tsai on May 24, 2015

For all the thing that happened during the 2009 season — Nick Rolovich and Dave Aranda promoted to play-callers, walk-on quarterback Bryant Moniz becoming a starter — overlooked was the talent of the opening-game offensive line. Here’s the update: > LT Aaron Kia: After a brief stint with the New York Jets, Kia is now […]


UH can fit the bills

by Stephen Tsai on May 23, 2015

Every month, I like to put all the bills in a nice pile (resisting the urge to start a mini bonfire) and then yell: “Ouch!” But after a while, I realize it’s not so bad. (OK, paying for the Mayweather-Pacquiao telecast was bad.) And then I pay off the bills. Live for another day, as […]

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Mission accomplished

by Stephen Tsai on May 22, 2015

After serving a two-year church mission in the Baltimore area, quarterback Aaron Zwahlen is back home in California … for the next two days. Zwahlen and his father Lynn Zwahlen arrive in Hawaii on Monday. Zwahlen begins UH’s Summer Session I on Tuesday. Zwahlen, who was listed in ESPN’s top 300 in 2013, said he […]

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Riggins: “Needed” to be closer to family

by Stephen Tsai on May 21, 2015

Running back D.J. Riggins said “family issues” factored largely in his decision to transfer from UH to Pierce College in Los Angeles. “I loved it out there (in Hawaii),” said Riggins, who requested — and received — a release from his scholarship after spring training. “I loved everything. But as I told coach Chow, there’s […]

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“Lone Survivor”

by Stephen Tsai on May 20, 2015

Marcus Luttrell, the Navy SEAL whose story is portrayed in the book and movie “Lone Survivor,” met UH coach Norm Chow last week. After a nice conversation, Luttrell agreed to speak to the Warriors in November. Luttrell’s story is inspiring.

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Graham grateful for audition

by Stephen Tsai on May 19, 2015

Although he exited a three-day tryout without a contract, former UH quarterback Taylor Graham was grateful for the opportunity to compete in an NFL camp and build his resume. “I didn’t make it unfortunately,” Graham said following the New Orleans Saints’ mini camp this past weekend, “but they said I did well. I’m hoping it […]

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by Stephen Tsai on May 18, 2015

For the first time in nine months, there are no events scheduled on the Manoa campus this week. But that doesn’t mean the work has stopped. The Warrior coaches continue to recruit here and on the mainland. UH’s first summer session begins next week. The freshmen will participate in the bridge program starting in late […]

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Graduation lessons

by Stephen Tsai on May 17, 2015

UH often is target of criticism, but the one thing it does well — really well — is graduation day. Observations from yesterday: Prior to each graduation ceremony, student-athletes and their families are invited to meet in the Nagatani Academic Center, where they are offered refreshments and presented with a white student-athlete stole. The UH […]

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Hail to the graduates!

by Stephen Tsai on May 16, 2015

It’s graduation day for several UH student-athletes. Roll the credits for: > Baseball Blake Hitchcock (Special Education) Andrew Jones (Economics) Juliene Jones (Communication) Steven Pollakov (Philosophy) Jordan Richartz (Communication) Stephen Ventimilia (Family Resources) > Men’s basketball Brandon Jawato (Family Resources) Garrett Nevels (Sociology) Brandon Spearman (Sociology) > Football Chaz Bajet Kawika Borden (History) Timothy Hogan […]

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Unnecessary timeout

by Stephen Tsai on May 15, 2015

Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea had a football scholarship and was on track to start at outside linebacker for Arizona. And then because of personal circumstances, he gave it up, with the intent to return to Hawaii. If he did not play another down, he would have returned to Hawaii, where he had been known as Keoni Bush-Loo […]

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