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After USC transfer QB Max Wittek's performance against Ohio State, TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline now "understands why he couldn’t win the starting job at USC."

"The stats say it all; 7 of 24 passing for 67 yards with no scores but 2 interceptions. Wittek had the opportunity to make scouts believe in his next level ability," Pauline wrote. Wittek was sacked four times on the day, while Ohio State's defensive pressure forced Wittek into a ton of bad throws. Hawaii only had two third down conversions out of 14 attempts against the Buckeyes defense.
Sep 16 - 2:51 PM

Hawaii will wear a new road retro uniform against Ohio State on Saturday.

Typically, we wouldn't blurb this type of thing. But the uniforms -- which look like the world through the eyes of the guy from Reading Rainbow if he was on a psychedelic trip -- are the greatest we've ever seen. Check out the rainbow-striped goodness at the link below. The Warriors are going to get slaughtered Saturday, but they're going to look dang good doing it.
Sep 10 - 6:26 PM

USC transfer QB Max Wittek completed 19 of 38 attempts for 202 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in the school's 28-20 win over Colorado.

Dating back to his days at USC, Wittek was known for his strong arm to throw downfield. A long catch and run of 79 yards was produced by Wittek and receiver Marcus Kemp, but Hawaii rarely converted plays beyond 20 yards in this contest. Norm Chow previously compared Wittek to Carson Palmer.
Sep 5 - 8:51 AM

Hawaii HC Norm Chow compared graduate QB Max Wittek to Carson Palmer.

It was a trait based comparison. "If you had to make a training tape, you'd make it with Carson Palmer. This guy would be second... He has good touch, a quick release and great anticipation." A few notable names Chow has coached include Philip Rivers, Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart. Wittek displayed his big arm in backup action to Matt Barkley.
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 30 - 12:28 PM

Hawaii head coach Norm Chow said four former Pac-12 transfer will start for the Warriors this season.

Those four include: former USC quarterback Max Wittek, former Utah receiver Quinton Pedroza, former UCLA linebacker Jeremy Castro and former Arizona linebacker Makani Kema-Kaleiwahe. Wittek has always been considered a strong armed passer and started in place of an injured Matt Barkley a few years ago.
Jul 29 - 9:32 AM

Hawaii named former USC graduate QB Max Wittek starter.

While you probably haven't heard Wittek's name in some time, he has actually been with the Warriors since last fall. He was unable to play last year because of a timing problem regarding his USC graduation. The former Trojan is an interesting fit for Norm Chow's pass-happy offense. We've always loved his big arm, but Chow must figure out how to make Wittek more accurate. Wittek and Hawaii host Colorado on Thursday, September 3 to open the season.
Jun 4 - 12:15 PM

NFL Media ranks Hawaii HC Norm Chow as the No. 5 college football coach on the hot seat.

The longtime successful offensive coordinator has struggled since taking over as boss on the islands, going 8-29 in three seasons. "Chow turned 69 earlier this month, and you wonder if he has the stomach for what looks to be a long rebuilding process," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "One advantage: The Mountain West is not that strong top to bottom. But Hawaii has won just four league games in his tenure, and two of his eight wins have come against FCS opponents. In addition, Hawaii is 1-17 away from home under Chow." This is a very tenuous situation: Hawaii's AD, who has since resigned, said last season that the football program could be disbanded.
Jun 3 - 1:29 AM

Bucs selected Hawaii RB Joey Iosefa with the No. 231 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Iosefa (6'0/247) was a four-year starter at running back in Hawaii's spread offense, parlaying 512 career carries into 2,218 yards (4.33 YPC) and 21 TDs, with 60 receptions. He missed big chunks of time with foot injuries as both a junior and senior, and three games in 2014 due to suspension for a DUI. A plodding downhill runner, Iosefa ran 5.02 at the Combine with a 9-foot-2 broad jump. Barring Matt Asiata-level luck, Iosefa will need to learn to lead block and cover kickoffs to last in the NFL.
May 2 - 5:42 PM

Hawaii athletic director Ben Jay will resign, while the school with retain HC Norm Chow, reports the Honolulu Advertiser.

The program will make both announcements official at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. It was doubtful that both Jay and Chow would co-exist for another season, so this news isn't surprising. Jay did himself no favors by suggesting in August that Hawaii might fold its football program. Over three seasons, Chow is 8-29 and 4-20 in conference play.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 06:22:00 PM

Hawaii announced Tuesday that senior RB Joey Iosefa has been suspended for three games following a weekend drunken driving arrest.

"I spoke with Joey early this morning and he is contrite, embarrassed, and remorseful for his actions," head coach Norm Chow said. "We have a set of core values and obviously he did not abide by them. After meeting with other members of the staff, the leadership council, and Athletics Director Ben Jay, Joey will be suspended immediately and stripped of his captaincy." The 6-foot, 245-pound senior has missed the last four games due to a fractured right ankle. Prior to that, he led the Warriors in rushing with 197 yards and three scores. "I apologize to my coaches and teammates, to my family, to the university and to our fans," he said. He can return on Nov. 8 when Hawaii visits Colorado State.
Wed, Oct 15, 2014 07:43:00 PM

Hawaii announced in a press release that sophomore LB Jerrol Garcia-Williams tore his ACL versus the Beavers, and will miss the remainder of the 2014 season.

The 6-foot-2, 215 pound linebacker started 14 games for Hawaii, including both of the Hawaii's games this season. Garcia-Williams was fifth on the team in tackles with 67 total tackles, including 3.0 for loss, and one sack in 2013.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 03:22:00 PM

Hawaii is considering dropping its football program.

Warriors' AD Ben Jay told the school's board of regents on Monday that the athletics department is facing a $2.1 million budget deficit. "There's a very real possibility of football going away," he said. Hawaii might become a victim of autonomy, as they don't have enough money to cover the cost-of-attendance stipend. "We're going to have to generate more revenue," Jay told a reporter. "There's no doubt about that." Not so long ago, Hawaii played in the Sugar Bowl. They are 33-45 since June Jones left the islands.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 12:28:00 AM

Hawaii expects former USC QB Max Wittek to walk on to the football team, reports CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler.

The Warriors, however, are "taking believe-when-see approach since Texas thing didn't work out," Fowler added. Wittek planned on completing his degree over the summer, but that process has been delayed until December. If he transferred to an FBS program prior to earning his bachelor's, Wittek would be forced to sit out a season of football to fulfill NCAA requirements. Some believe Wittek will be granted immediate eligibility as a graduate transfer at Hawaii, and join a competition with sophomore Ikaika Woosley and senior Taylor Graham for the starting gig. But that isn't assured: A newspaper on the islands reported last month that Wittek would need to sit out the 2014 season since he did not graduate from USC in the spring. "I feel great with coach (Norm) Chow," Wittek said last month. "He’s awesome. He’s been so helpful through this whole process."
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 01:57:00 PM

Hawaii redshirt junior DT Calen Friel is "large, mobile and forces the action when focused on the task at hand," writes Tony Pauline.

"I have a feeling it's going to be another ugly campaign for Hawaii which is sad," Pauline lamented as a preface to discussing the one intriguing prospect he found on the Warriors. "It's always nice to see the team from paradise be competitive." As for Friel, whom Pauline mentioned caught his eye during a review of game film, the analyst currently grades him as a UDFA. Friel, of course, has two seasons of eligibility to make good on his potential.
Mon, Jul 7, 2014 02:14:00 PM

Former USC QB Max Wittek is in the process of applying to Hawaii for the 2014 school year and says there is a "good possibility" he will walk-on the football team.

Wittek pointed out nothing is official yet and he still has to have conversations with his family along with the acceptance of his application, but everything is headed in the right direction. The Star Advertiser notes Wittek would need to sit out the 2014 season since he did not graduate from USC last spring.
Thu, Jul 3, 2014 01:31:00 PM

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