Warrior Beat

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


Countdown to signing day

by Stephen Tsai on January 22, 2017

The Warriors are concluding their second January recruiting weekend. Decisions are expected this week. There’s one weekend remaining before the Feb. 1 signing day. * * * * * Former UH linebacker Jerrol Garcia-Williams and receiver Makoa Camanse-Stevens are training on campus in preparation for pro day in March. No date yet, but the likelihood […]

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A true hall of fame

by Stephen Tsai on January 21, 2017

The next group looking to start a Hall of Fame or Circle of Honor or World’s Greatest Grandpa organization should look to the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame as a how-to-do-it-right model. Unlike Cooperstown, which is becoming more and more exclusive and divisive, and the Circle of Honor, in which the most popular sport is […]

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In the books

by Stephen Tsai on January 20, 2017

The first week of the offseason conditioning program is in the books. The Warriors now will prepare to host eight recruits this weekend.

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Warrior football: Sacramento TE commits

by Stephen Tsai on January 19, 2017

Gavin Reinwald, a tight end from Sacramento’s Elk Grove High School, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser he has accepted a scholarship from the Warriors. Reinwald is 6 feet 3 and 215 pounds. He is capable of running 40 yards in 4.62 seconds. Reinwald and teammate Damario Mclean, who committed to the Rainbow Warriors on Sunday, completed […]

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D-lineman to Warriors

by Stephen Tsai on January 18, 2017

Anthony Mermea, a defensive lineman from Vista Murrieta High, has accepted a scholarship offer from the Warriors. He was one of seven to visit the Warriors the past weekend. He said he is 6-3, 305 pounds, and capable of running 40 yards in 5.1 seconds. He will compete at nose or 3-technique for the Warriors. […]

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Warriors work the (very) early shift

by Stephen Tsai on January 17, 2017

The roosters — and, yes, there actually are roosters roaming the UH campus — still were asleep when the first group of Warriors began the offseason conditioning program this morning. Strength/conditioning coordinator Bubba Reynolds has two rules: > If you’re late, you can make it up the next day … at 4:30 in the morning. […]

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Warriors show recruiting reach

by Stephen Tsai on January 16, 2017

The two latest commitments — cornerback Damario Mclean and receiver Ralph Taufa‘asau — showed the Warriors’ persistence and ties in recruiting. Mclean said the Warriors had maintained consistent contact since the end of his junior year. Taufa‘asau was strongly recommended to the UH coaches through a former Warrior. Both players also provide flexibility. Mclean, at […]

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Warriors get commits from corner, receiver

by Stephen Tsai on January 15, 2017

Damario Mclean of Elk Grove High in Sacramento and Ralph Taufa‘asau of Samoana High in American Samoa told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser they will sign letters of intent on Feb. 1, the first day 2017 recruits may put their commitments in writing. “I love Hawaii,” Mclean said. “It’s nice and beautiful. I grew up in Sacramento, […]

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Strong conditioners

by Stephen Tsai on January 14, 2017

On Tuesday, the Warriors will begin workouts under strength/conditioning coordinator Bubba Reynolds, who is in his second year at that position. Reynolds has done an excellent job in developing the players. Here’s an update on the past S/C coordinators for UH football: > Mel deLaura: He was always willing to roll up his sleeves and […]

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Is new Aloha a good buy?

by Stephen Tsai on January 13, 2017

One of the things Hawaii does well is build things. The Stan Sheriff Center is an undeniable success that is well maintained. The Warrior Recreation Center is the best facility on the Manoa campus. The H-3 is the most picturesque drive in Hawaii. And the Hawaii Convention Center is a wonderful complex. But except for […]

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