Warrior Beat

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

Warriors complete first week of bowl practices

by Stephen Tsai on December 9, 2016

Even in the rain — and that’s how it’s been in Manoa all week — the Warriors managed to mix fun and fundamentals in their first four bowl practices. Head coach Nick Rolovich said the first week of practice “was just OK. I didn’t think it was outstanding. I wish I could say it was […]


To Shoji: Don’t quit your day job

by Stephen Tsai on December 8, 2016

Every now and then, young(er) people will ask me if I’m considering retirement. I’d like to think they mean well, and that they’re not just eyeing my cool desk between Ferd Lewis and Nanea Kalani. But it still comes across like they’re holding a mirror by my mouth to see if I’m still breathing. The […]


Warriors receive commitment from LB

by Stephen Tsai on December 7, 2016

One of the top high school football players in American Samoa has accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Hawaii football team. Penei Stowers-Pavihi, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker from Tafuna High, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser he will put his commitment in writing on Feb. 1, the first day 2017 prospects may sign national letters […]

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Warriors land tall corner

by Stephen Tsai on December 6, 2016

Donovan “Dub” Dalton’s verbal commitment is a boost for the Warriors during this recruiting season. Here’s what the Saguaro High (Ariz.) senior brings: > Remember six years ago when UNLV’s 6-foot-3 wideout Phillip Payne created matchup nightmares for UH cornerbacks? The receiver position has been trending upward, on the tape measure, the past few years. […]

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Kahuku’s Ah-Hoy commits; Warriors resume practicing

by Stephen Tsai on December 5, 2016

Kesi Ah-Hoy, Kahuku’s versatile football player, is set to join the Warriors in 2017. By making a verbal commitment, Ah-Hoy turned down offers from Oregon State and BYU. Ah-Hoy, who said he is 6 feet and 205 pounds, was a running back/wildcat quarterback for his first three Kahuku seasons. He was named to this newspaper’s […]

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It’s official: Warriors to Hawaii Bowl

by Stephen Tsai on December 4, 2016

What was assumed for a week became official today: the Warriors will play Middle Tennessee in the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. It will be the Warriors’ return to the postseason for the first time since the 2010 Hawaii Bowl. And it will mark a full-circle scenario for Nick […]

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Warriors looking for gamers

by Stephen Tsai on December 3, 2016

Leave it to Nick Rolovich to get creative when it comes to exit interviews with the 2017 returning players. Rolovich and his staff created profile sheets based on the player profiles found in the Madden video game. But instead of categories such as power moves and acceleration, the UH profiles give ratings for academics, discipline, […]

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Who wants a Hawaii Bow(l) T-shirt?

by Stephen Tsai on December 2, 2016

Hawaii’s visitor count increased with the arrival of football prospects. There are 10 making official visits this weekend. * * * * * Every now and then, our good friend Jacky Buder texts with a giveaway T-shirt. OK, OK, Hawaii hasn’t officially been invited to the Hawaii Bowl, but who’s got time for little details […]

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“Dream” comes true

by Stephen Tsai on December 1, 2016

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Eugene “The Dream” Ford, who plans to join the Warriors for the spring semester. Ford had signed with the Warriors on Feb. 3. Although he graduated from University High School in Los Angeles in June, he needed to clear some requirement issues to enroll at UH. “But we […]

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Sea to shining sea

by Stephen Tsai on November 30, 2016

While Nick Rolovich remains in Hawaii conducting interviews with the next year’s returning players, the rest of the coaches are on the recruiting trail. Offensive line coach Chris Naeole is is Australia and defensive line coach Legi Suiaunoa is in American Samoa. The three coordinators and other four assistant coaches are on the mainland. The […]

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