Warrior Beat

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

UH football: Spring grades

by Stephen Tsai on May 23, 2017

There were 36 Warriors who earned at least a 3.0 grade-point average for the recently completed spring semester. In addition, there were three Warriors who had 2.98 GPAs. Long-snapper Noah Borden and running backs Genta Ito and Steven Lakalaka each posted 4.0 GPAs. Lakalaka, who earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology on May 13, plans […]


Banner year

by Stephen Tsai on May 22, 2017

Among the many good things about Sunday night’s tribute to Dave Shoji were: 1) UH celebrated its accomplishments, and 2) a banner honoring Shoji was unfurled. Those were significant moments for a school that often is muted in trumpeting the things it does well. Shoji was rightfully feted for all that he has done for […]

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Coaching the coaches

by Stephen Tsai on May 21, 2017

About 100 high school coaches from across the state attended the Warriors’ football coaches clinic yesterday at the UH facilities. The 5-hour event featured lectures, breakout sessions and, of course, a gathering to socialize and exchange ideas. What was impressive with the turnout was, unlike past clinics, it was not tied with a spring practice. […]

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Former UH DB emerges in pro league

by Stephen Tsai on May 20, 2017

Remember Dante Johnson? He played free safety for the Warriors four years ago. He even had picks in back-to-back practices. Dante … Johnson? C’mon, anybody else besides BigWave remember him? Well, after two seasons, Johnson disappeared from the UH roster. But now he has reappeared as a receiver/defensive back for the Upstate Dragons (Greenville, S.C.) […]

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Making a point

by Stephen Tsai on May 19, 2017

On a gravel parking area next to Klum Gym, there is an abandoned bus that serves as a memorial to what was supposed to be a promising basketball future under Gib Arnold. The bus’ exterior is adorned with action pictures of former players — one of whom is Miah Ostrowski. The bus is a dust […]

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Butler invited to Saints’ camp this summer

by Stephen Tsai on May 18, 2017

After a successful tryout this past weekend, former UH defensive back Dejaun Butler has been invited to the New Orleans Saints’ training camp this summer. Butler will compete as a defensive back and special-teams player. After the tryout, Butler met with Saints head coach Sean Payton. At Payton’s recommendation, Butler will train for the next […]

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Double take

by Stephen Tsai on May 17, 2017

There are two facets to recruiting’s evaluation period: 1) Observing a prospect in action, such as watching spring ball, and 2) academic assessments, such as meeting with teachers, counselors and coaches. The UH assistant coaches are in their second round of local recruiting, re-visiting every football-playing high school this week. The evaluation period ends on […]

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UH football countdown: 70 days …

by Stephen Tsai on May 16, 2017

If you’re marking time on a wall, there are 70 days until the opening of the Warriors’ training camp. The Warriors will report on July 26 — exactly a month ahead of the Aug. 26 season opener against UMass. The first practice is set for July 27. NCAA teams are allowed 29 practices ahead of […]

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Washington’s Petersen set for Elite Camp

by Stephen Tsai on May 15, 2017

Washington head coach Chris Petersen, who led the Huskies to this year’s College Football Playoffs, confirmed today he will be coaching at the UH Elite Camp on June 9-10 on the Manoa campus. It was previously announced Washington and USC coaches would assist in the UH-run camp, the only high-school-aged football camp in Hawaii involving […]

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Warriors add kicker/punter

by Stephen Tsai on May 14, 2017

In a three-for-one deal, the Warriors have added multi-purpose Michael Boyle of Camas (Wash.) High. Here are the details: > Filling the void: Rigo Sanchez, who handled point-scoring kicks, kickoffs and punts last year, is now with the Indianapolis Colts. Boyle is experience in all three disciplines. Alex Trifonovitch, who was recruited as a sophomore […]

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