Warrior Beat

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

Spring practice No. 2

by Stephen Tsai on February 24, 2017

The Warriors still were without pads, but there still was contact, particularly in the trenches, for today’s second of 15 practices. Of note: > Quarterbacks Dru Brown, Cole McDonald and Cole Brownholtz — in that order — each had two four-play series in modified scrimmage-like setting. Brown was 3-of-4, McDonald was 5-of-6, and Brownholtz was […]


Hawaii Football Film Festival

by Stephen Tsai on February 23, 2017

The Warrior coaches have spent the past three days watching what can be termed the Hawaii Football Film Festival. From morning through night, they have analyzed videos of the top local prospects who will be seniors in the fall. They also have had separate sessions to watch videos of linemen and non-lineman players. And they […]

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“Football Festivus”

by Stephen Tsai on February 22, 2017

Nick Rolovich was facing a unique dilemma. The final spring practice usually is on a Friday or Saturday to accommodate a spring game and festivities. This spring ball will end on Thursday, March 23, because the UH students won’t be around campus the following evening. Spring break officially starts that weekend. So Rolovich decided to […]

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by Stephen Tsai on February 21, 2017

In Nick Rolovich’s rating system, new assistant coach Jacob Yoro received the highest compliment when he was deemed “another Simba walking on the door.” Yoro fits the Warriors’ workmanlike criteria. He grinded his way through the coaching circuit, fueled by his passion for football and “a lot of ramen and a lot of ham sandwiches.” […]

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Spring football: Day 1

by Stephen Tsai on February 20, 2017

Football always goes by its own calendar. Fall camp starts in August, June Jones was born in February and, yes, the Warriors’ spring training begins today. At today’s practice (which begins at 10 a.m. and is open to the public), watch these developments: > When the NFL sends out invitations to next year’s scouting combine, […]

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Baseball ‘Bows off to good start

by Stephen Tsai on February 19, 2017

Reflection on the ‘Bows’ first two baseball games: > For the first two games, at least, the starting pitching was impressive. Brendan Hornung struck out nine, matching a career high, in seven innings in the opener. He threw first-pitch strikes to 22 of the 28 batters he faced. Dominic DeMiero, in his UH debut, followed […]

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UH football: Two-for-none deal

by Stephen Tsai on February 18, 2017

Kelii “KK” Padello, the state’s top defensive player as a Mililani High senior in 2013, has joined the Warriors. Padello is reunited with his younger brother, Kaimana Padello, as a rush end. Both are walk-ons. KK, who earned the nickname because his older brother could not pronounce Kelii as a child, amassed 26 sacks in […]

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‘Bows open season … Warriors hit the beach

by Stephen Tsai on February 17, 2017

The baseball ‘Bows open the season against nationally ranked North Carolina State tonight. First pitch is at 6:35 p.m. at Murakami Stadium. It’s quite a bargain — most inexpensive regular ticket is $10 — and you get to see A-Rod’s nephew, plus a couple future major leaguers. We’ve got previews galore in this morning’s Star-Advertiser. […]

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Warriors seek to add kickers

by Stephen Tsai on February 16, 2017

The Warriors are hopeful of addressing the placekicker position during next week’s tryout for quarterbacks and kickers. Alex Trifonovitch is the only kicker on the spring roster following walk-on Stephen Yaffe’s amicable departure. Yaffe said he left the team on good terms for non-football reasons. “I’m still rooting for their MWC Trophy next season” Yaffe […]

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JC back joins Warriors

by Stephen Tsai on February 15, 2017

The top running back from the 2015 national champions has joined the Warriors. Elijah Dale will participate in spring practice, which opens on Monday. Dale, who is 5-10 and 210 pounds, was City College of San Francisco’s featured back in 2015. An injury limited him to one carry in the 2015 title game. Dale was […]

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