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Hawaii HC Nick Rolovich took to Twitter to call out Oregon State for sending recruiting materials to current Warriors players.

Here's an odd one for your Friday. Per Rolovich, Beavers recruiting packets and the like arrived at Hawaii inviting players to attend Oregon State's spring game. To be clear, these are not Hawaii commits that we're talking about -- they're actual players already on scholarship with the program. We'll let Rolovich take it from here. Wrote the head coach on social media, "My apologies for our players not being able to attend your Spring game. Ours was the same day, bad timing. Quick question, in the 203 years of coaching, none of you realized you couldn’t actively recruit another school’s players? Sent to campus?" He then offered the coup de grace of hashtags in #leakydam and #sloppybeavers. The post was accompanied by a photograph of the materials received. An Oregon State spokesperson said that the clear rules violation was being investigated by the program.
May 4 - 2:17 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Hawaii C Dejon Allen to former Chicago Bears OL Roberto Garza.

Zierlein notes that Allen's strengths include his outstanding athleticism, and that he "uses strong hands to capture defender and athleticism to keep blocks centered and sustained." He does have some concerns about his size (6'3/290) and that he doesn't always play at appropriate pad level. He projects Allen to go late on Day 3, but he might have the skill set to become a starting center someday. If not, he has the versatility to be a solid backup across the line.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 26 - 12:27 PM

Hawaii hired Tarleton State DL coach Michael Ghobrial to serve as special teams coordinator.

Ghobrial has been working as defensive line coach with Tarleton State for the past two seasons. He additionally coached up the outside linebacker and special teams units with the program. This new job with Hawaii will be his most substantial to date in the FBS. His previous experience at the top level of play came as a graduate assistant with Syracuse (2014) and his alma mater of UCLA (2012-13).
Source: kitv.com
Mar 16 - 1:46 PM

Draft Wire's Luke Easterling lists Hawaii S Trayvon Henderson as a potential sleeper in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Henderson was a standout for Hawaii over his four years with the Warriors, and as Easterling notes, he had a solid week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile. He calls him a prospect that can operate in the box or in space, so he should be able to help both against the run and pass. "Henderson is buried in a deep safety class, but has starter traits," Easterling writes. "He should make an immediate impact on special teams at the next level, while developing into something more down the road."
Source: Draft Wire
Feb 12 - 6:10 PM

NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler writes that Hawaii S Trayvon Henderson will "send scouts back to the game film" with his strong work during the Senior Bowl practice week.

"He looked comfortable moving in reverse and showcased a secondary burst to close on routes and make plays on the ball in coverage," Brugler notes, later concluding that the 6-foot, 204-pound Henderson "made money this week." The analyst's outlet currently stamps the safety with a sixth-round grade, but he could have some upward stock mobility if he continues to perform well during the evaluating process.
Jan 27 - 4:11 PM

With the impending transfer of Hawaii senior QB Dru Brown, redshirt sophomore QB Cole McDonald will be one of several players competing for starting honors this offseason.

McDonald (6'4/205) backed up Brown during the 2017 season. He saw the field in only limited capacity, completing 5-of-9 passes for 22 yards and a touchdown while showing a bit more as a runner in rushing for 138 yards and a score on just 16 carries. In this competition, McDonald will be joined by upperclassmen Cole Brownholtz and Larry Tuialeta, as well as incoming freshmen Jeremy Moussa (three stars) and Chevan Cordeiro (two stars). It's far too early to name a favorite in this competition, but the young man who emerges as starter will likely be the one who proves most adept at overseeing the run-and-shoot offense, which Hawaii is expected to return to for the 2018 season after excelling with the system under HC June Jones during the previous decade.
Jan 23 - 1:44 PM

Hawaii G Dejon Allen is the highest-rated offensive player by Pro Football Focus playing in the East-West Shrine Game.

Allen's grade for the season by PFF was 88.1, easily the highest of any offensive player participating in the game. While he played both guard and tackle for the Warriors, he made the switch to left tackle in 2017, and the numbers say he transitioned beautifully. As a pro, however, most project the 6-foot-2, 293-pound lineman to play guard. As PFF notes, keep an eye on how he adjusts to the position on Saturday in the actual game.
Jan 18 - 9:47 PM

Hawaii has hired former Fresno State offensive line coach Mark Weber to be the new OL coach.

Weber is one of several new additions to the Hawaii staff. In addition to coaching at Fresno State, he also has coached offensive lines at UCLA, BYU and Utah State. He replaces former offensive line coach Chris Naeole, who resigned over "philosophical differences."
Source: KITV
Jan 16 - 9:02 PM

Hawaii hired FAU DB coach and special teams coordinator Corey Batoon to serve as defensive coordinator.

Batoon takes over for Legi Suianoa, who joined Jonathon Smith's inaugural staff at Oregon State. This past year at FAU was his first with the Owls after a two-year stint at Ole Miss. He helped coach up a turnover-frenzied unit in Boca Raton, one which racked up an FBS-best 20 interceptions this year.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 07:47:00 PM

Football Scoop reports that Hawaii will not retain LB coach Sean Duggan.

Duggan has been on staff with the Warriors for the past two seasons. He had previously worked as a graduate assistant at Boston College.
Wed, Dec 27, 2017 07:15:00 PM

Hawaii redshirt senior S Trayvon Henderson accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Henderson (6'0/200) was a surprise omission from the All-Mountain West first team, but just more fuel for the draft fire as he heads into the winter/spring evaluating process. The redshirt senior recorded 55 tackles (4.0 for loss), two sacks and an interception in 11 games this season. He'll try to fight his way into the Day 3 conversation over the coming months.
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 08:02:00 PM

Hawaii senior G Dejon Allen accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Allen has many fans in the mid-round range, so this is a nice get by the all-star game. Allen has been a force since 2014, especially in the running game. Scouts will love that his pass protection base has caught up to that aggressive run blocking prowess.
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 10:11:00 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes Hawaii senior G Dejon Allen could "sneak into the middle rounds of the draft."

"Allen is quick, explosive and powerful while also displaying athleticism as well as top flight footwork from his tackle position," Pauline wrote. "Offering a large degree of versatility and the ability to line up in multiple blocking schemes, Allen has the potential to develop into a starting guard at the next level." Allen (6'3/290) played guard before transitioning to tackle prior to last season. He'll kick back inside at the next level.
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 12:38:00 PM

Hawaii senior RB Diocemy Saint Juste rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in Saturday's 31-23 loss to UNLV.

Saint Juste was held in check to the tune of 40 yards rushing against San Diego State last weekend, but he returned to his usual brilliant ways on Saturday. With his 111 yards versus UNLV, the 5-foot-8, 185-pounder has now turned in six games of at least 100 yards on the ground. He's surpassed 200 yards three times and is now up to 1,245 yards through nine games played. So long as he can avoid injury, he has a shot at finishing with one of the best rushing campaigns in all the FBS this year.
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 09:49:00 PM

Hawaii senior RB Diocemy Saint Juste rushed for 40 yards on 17 carries in Saturday's 28-7 loss to San Diego State.

Saint Juste (5'8/185) has been stupendously productive this season -- five games of at least 100 yards rushing, three of at least 200 yards rushing -- but lanes were hard to find against the Aztecs on Saturday. His 40 yards in the contest stand as his lowest tally of the season. Prior to being locked up in this spot, he had not rushed for fewer than 75 yards in a game. He'll try for a rebound performance when the Warriors take on UNLV next weekend. For the campaign as a whole, Saint Juste has rushed for 1,134 yards and six touchdowns.
Sun, Oct 29, 2017 01:52:00 PM


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