Warrior Beat

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


Corner the market

by Stephen Tsai on March 13, 2017

The rule of solving any puzzle is to start with the corners. And after taking double hits the past three seasons — Jerrell Jackson and Barry Higdon left after the 2014 season; Ne’Quan Phillips and Nick Nelson departed after 2015, and Jamal Mayo and Jalen Rogers graduated in December — the Warriors have done a […]

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D-end suspended for spring ball

by Stephen Tsai on March 12, 2017

Defensive end Jamie Tago is suspended from participating in spring practice because of a violation of team rules, coach Nick Rolovich confirmed today. It has not been determined when Tago will be permitted to rejoin the Warriors. Tago, who initially played for the Warriors in 2014 and 2015, is considered one of the top prospects […]

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Spring practice No. 9

by Stephen Tsai on March 11, 2017

> There was a bit of a scare when left tackle Dejon Allen was carted off the field because of an ankle injury. But Nick Rolovich said “it likes he’ll be OK,” although Allen probably will be held out of contact drills for the rest of spring practice. That will open the way for tackles […]

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Remembering Gouveia, Burns

by Stephen Tsai on March 10, 2017

Walter Gouveia’s simple life did not begin simply. He was the best player on a Farrington High basketball team that was coached by local legend Bob Ikehara and won consecutive state titles in 1959 and 1960. He was talented enough to receive an invitation to join one of the Harlem Globetrotters’ touring groups … as […]

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Spring practice No. 8

by Stephen Tsai on March 9, 2017

Another spring practice, another appearance by a former Warrior great. This time it was “Mighty Mouse”— Chad Owens — who gave the post-practice pep talk. The quarterbacks had a throwing contest in which they aimed for the trash bin. Nick Rolovich gave it a shot. > Rolovich video At the end of practice, there was […]

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Party invitation

by Stephen Tsai on March 8, 2017

Be there … * * * * * Rolo needs your help. He seeking the top five Mount Rushmore players from UH football history. Your input will be helpful in deciding the football office decor. * * * * * Cleaning out the photo box: * * * * * Best wishes to Kody Afusia, […]

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Pilares, Salas offer support

by Stephen Tsai on March 7, 2017

Two of the most dynamic players from the Warriors’ recent past — slotbacks Kealoha Pilares and Greg Salas — attended this morning’s spring practice. Afterward, they addressed the team, then gave pointers to UH receivers, such as slotback John Ursua. Pilares, a proud new daddy, has served as personal trainer the past few months. Salas […]

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No relief in sight

by Stephen Tsai on March 6, 2017

The baseball ‘Bows have a unique problem. Their relief pitchers aren’t getting enough work. That’s because their starters — this generation’s Four Aces — have been dominant this year. The ‘Bows lost two-thirds of their three-pitcher rotation at the end of the 2016 season. Brendan Hornung was the lone holdover. And Hornung lived up to […]

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Spring competition

by Stephen Tsai on March 5, 2017

After two weeks, here are the most intriguing battles: > Backup quarterback: Cole McDonald and Cole Brownholtz were criticized for a lackluster practice on Thursday, but they rebounded with strong outings yesterday when they were deemed “live” and free to be hit. > Wideouts: Keelan Ewaliko and Ammon Barker have taken the majority of the […]

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Rolo-ing the rock

by Stephen Tsai on March 4, 2017

That was indeed Nick Rolovich whipping passes during today’s sixth practice of spring training. Rolovich was showing the young’uns some offensive plays. He did rifle a nice pass to wideout Don’Yeh Patterson. “He’s still got it,” quarterbacks coach Craig Stutzmann said. Rolovich also answered a dare from cornerback Zach Wilson, who had jokingly questioned whether […]

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