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

UH football: Coaches hit the road

by Stephen Tsai on May 1, 2016

Nine UH football coaches will travel to the mainland today on recruiting trips. Some will be on the road for as long as two weeks during this evaluation period. After that, the UH coaches will again visit every high school football team in Hawaii. Head coach Nick Rolovich, meanwhile, is headed to Arizona for Mountain […]


Clarke to Chiefs, Wittek to Jaguars

by Stephen Tsai on April 30, 2016

Former UH offensive lineman Ben Clarke said he agreed to a free-agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. Clarke said he was notified through a text from his agent. Here’s a link to a quick story: Clarke-Chiefs story Meanwhile, a representative said former UH quarterback Max Wittek has reached a free-agent deal with the Jacksonville […]

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Spring Fling Day

by Stephen Tsai on April 29, 2016

The Warriors end their 32-day spring training with today’s Spring Fling, a festival of keiki activities, autograph session and, of course, the 15th spring practice. The event starts at 5 p.m. at UH’s Ching Athletic Complex. Because of injuries and other circumstances, the Warriors probably will conduct situational scrimmage-like sessions instead of a full-on game. […]

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Team bonding

by Stephen Tsai on April 28, 2016

It has been said successful football teams are built from the inside, and one of first-year head coach Nick Rolovich’s spring plans was to reorganize the locker room. “We switched all their lockers up,” Rolovich said. “We went local guy, African-American, white guy, California (guy), local guy, Samoan …” He added: “We all have to […]

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Austin powers

by Stephen Tsai on April 27, 2016

Defensive coordinator Kevin Lempa could count the number of available players on his hands and feet. “Maybe 20,” Lempa said of the defensive count for yesterday’s practice. “That’s not that many.” The manpower shortage led to the Warriors working mostly on pass defense and two-minute drills during practice. But it also created opportunities for three […]

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Spring football: Practice #13

by Stephen Tsai on April 26, 2016

Following today’s spring practice, head coach Nick Rolovich addressed several areas. > Rolovich said the QB competition will extend into training camp in August. “Nobody’s separated to a point where we feel like the other guys can’t catch him,” Rolovich said. “It’s up and down. Guys have up-and-down days. We need more consistency from that […]

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Monday football notebook

by Stephen Tsai on April 25, 2016

> Defensive tackle Kennedy was charged with two counts of assault in the third degree, as well as resisting arrest and harassment, stemming from his April 12 arrest at a McCully Street apartment complex. The assault charges replace the accusations of two counts of abuse of a family or household member. Because Tulimasealii and the […]

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UH football: DL commits, practices closed this week

by Stephen Tsai on April 24, 2016

UH football notes: > Josaiah Maama, a defensive lineman from King’s Academy (Sunnyvale, Calif.), has made a verbal commitment to play for the Warriors in 2017. He is 6 feet 5 and 260 pounds. San Jose State and UNLV also made offers. Maama has relatives who live in Hawaii. Here’s his highlight video: Josaiah Maama […]

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Spring football: Practice #12

by Stephen Tsai on April 23, 2016

It was Junior Day in Manoa, with some of the state’s top 2017 prospects touring the campus and attending today’s 2-hour practice, which featured various scrimmage-like sessions. Here are videos from the Oklahoma drills: Daniel Lewis (15) video Paul Harris (2) 1 video Paul Harris (29) 2 video Defense video Steven Lakalaka (4) video Rashaan […]

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Life on the other side

by Stephen Tsai on April 22, 2016

Terrence Sayles’ move from wideout to cornerback is not a unique transition in Warrior history. Blane Gaison made the move from offense to defense. Wayne Hunter was a UH defensive lineman before moving to offense and then enjoying a long NFL career as an offensive tackle. Michael Lafaele went from center to becoming the anchor […]

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