Warrior Beat

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


“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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Recess

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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Q found the answers

by Stephen Tsai on May 14, 2015

Quinton Pedroza could have been a “whatever happened to …” subject. Three years ago, an underaged drinking violation led to a suspension and then departure from the Utah football team. It was a disappointing parting for a player who played in 14 games in two years and was projected to be the Utes’ starting wideout […]

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Calling all Warriors

by Stephen Tsai on May 13, 2015

In the tradition of the Kafentzis family — and there were eight who played for the Warriors — Kent has battled valiantly and without complaint. Kent is back in town. Friends have organized a potluck at Kaimana Beach this Saturday. It begins at 10 a.m. and lasts until the stories are told. Everyone is invited. […]

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Graham earns tryout with Saints

by Stephen Tsai on May 12, 2015

Every now and then, good things happen to good guys. One of the good guys — former UH quarterback Taylor Graham — has been invited to participate in the New Orleans Saints’ mini camp this week. It’s a tryout, with no guarantees, but it’s a significant audition for a quarterback who was limited to eight […]

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Pro experience

by Stephen Tsai on May 11, 2015

Every aspiring worker faces the chicken/egg dilemma: You can’t get a job without experience and you can’t get experience without a job. This past weekend, former Warriors Kody Afusia, Taylor Graham and Luke Ingram participated in NFL tryouts. All reportedly did well at the rookie minicamps — Afusia with the Arizona Cardinals; Graham and Ingram […]

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