Spring Practice #13

by Jason Kaneshiro on March 21, 2017

UH cornerback Cameron Hayes (28), shown in Saturday's Football Family Festivus, has drawn praise for his recent play in spring practice. Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser

UH cornerback Cameron Hayes (28), shown in Saturday’s Football Family Festivus, has drawn praise for his recent play in spring practice. Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser

I work with Stephen Tsai. I know Stephen Tsai. I am no Stephen Tsai.

Nevertheless, here are some notes from the Rainbow Warrior football team’s practice this morning while Stephen makes his way back from pro day.

>> Nick Rolovich was a late arrival at the grass practice fields after catching an early-morning flight back from pro day in Azusa, Calif. The Warriors were into position drills when he arrived and devoted much of the practice to 7-on-7 and team periods in their first session of the final week of spring practice.

“Good practice, got into some situational stuff, did some red zone, some 2-minute, situational awareness. That’s kind of what this week is going to be about,” Rolovich said.

Rolovich also shared some feedback he received from scouts who attend UH’s pro day on Monday.

“I just told our guys, scouts came up to me (and said) ‘whatever you guys did over there, you guys are acting much better compared to the last pro day,’ ” Rolovich said. “Guys went there to work, they followed directions, no complaining, no whining, no selfishness. I think we improved our reputation in the eyes of the scouts and that’s good for the future.”

>> The offense capped the first round of a 7-on-7 2-minute drill with a short touchdown pass from Dru Brown to Dylan Collie. Sophomore cornerback Cameron Hayes answered for the defense on the next drive with an interception to continue a strong push late in the spring.

“The last week, Cam has played better than probably anybody as far as the corners go,” UH defensive backs coach Abe Elimimian said. “He’s had three interceptions for touchdowns in camp and he got one today. He’s just been on a tear and been doing great.”

Hayes is part of a competition for the cornerback spot opposite sophomore Roe Farris.

>> Linebackers Russell Williams Jr. and Solomon Matautia also had interceptions in 11-on-11 periods.

>> Running back Diocemy Saint Juste burst through the middle of the line for a long touchdown run on the first play of a 2-minute drill and broke loose again later in practice.

>> Although Rolovich was a bit late, there was no shortage of coaches on the sideline at the start of practice. Former UH coach Dick Tomey was on hand as well as former defensive coordinator Thom Kaumeyer, who brought along coaches from Japan to watch practice.

>> The Warriors have a closed practice on Wednesday and finish off the spring schedule with the Warrior Bowl scrimmage on Thursday. The scrimmage is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Ching Complex and is open to the public. Rolovich said the scrimmage will be similar to Saturday’s session at the Football Family Festivus, which included a little over 80 plays … although the head coach will probably not be in a tuxedo this time.

1 Azwarrior22 March 21, 2017 at 1:01 pm

Foist?

2 H-Man March 21, 2017 at 3:57 pm

Jason, still good report. Thanks for update on the players. Was Russell Williams playing MLB when he made his interception? Was Malachi Mageo playing with the 1s? I thought that he might be rehabbing, giving Solomon a chance to play with the 1s.

3 Warri0rFan March 21, 2017 at 6:59 pm

Jason, thanks for the posting about today’s practice. While you are no ST, you have provided the kind of updates and player info that we UH football fans crave for and haven’t been getting consistently from ST. Hope we receive more info like this for all future practices and scrimmages. Great job Jason!

4 Stephen Tsai March 22, 2017 at 9:02 am

Jason Kaneshiro is the man.
He’s a great reporter and a great person.

5 Inyoface March 22, 2017 at 11:01 am

Thanks for the updates! Go Bows!

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