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Hawaii senior WR Marcus Kemp caught four passes for 73 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 51-31 loss to Cal.

Kemp finished with a fine numbers on the whole, though it should be noted that he hauled in a 39-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to account for over half of his yardage total. The 6-foot-4, 185-pounder is coming off a 2015 campaign in which he finished with a 36-563-3 receiving line, working to a 15.6 average per catch. That was a markedly down season on the statistical front after he notched a 56-797-3 line as a sophomore.
Aug 27 - 5:25 PM

Hawaii senior QB Ikaika Woolsey completed 17-of-34 passes for 234 yards while throwing a touchdown and an interception in Friday's loss to Cal.

Woolsey was named the starter just hours before the game. He turned in a fine -- if unspectacular -- performance. The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder hooked up with WR Marcus Kemp for a 39-yard score early in the first quarter. That knotted proceedings at 7-7, but an upset victory just wasn't to be. Woolsey averaged 6.9 YPA in the defeat and will face a considerably tougher defense next week. Hawaii will be heading for a road date with Michigan on September 3.
Aug 27 - 2:41 PM

Hawaii junior S Daniel Lewis Jr., redshirt senior LB Jerrol Garcia-Williams and junior TE Metuisela 'Unga were suspended prior to Friday's loss to Cal.

None of that trio of Lewis, Garcia-Williams or 'Unga were present at Olympic Stadium for Hawaii's down-under date with Cal. According to a school spokesman, they were forced to sit out the opener due to a disciplinary decision by HC Nick Rolovich. Word as to their statuses for next week's road showdown with Michigan has not yet been provided, but Hawaii could use all the warm bodies it can get.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 27 - 12:28 PM

Hawaii senior RB Diocemy Saint Juste sliced and diced in Friday's loss to Cal, rushing for 117 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.

With the Hawaii running back depth chart currently in a state of flux, Saint Juste made a pretty convincing case that he deserves further carries with Friday's showing. The 5-foot-8, 195-pounder's highlight run came when he rolled for a 53-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The Rainbow Warriors have several options at running back outside of Saint Juste, including 2015 1,000-yard rusher Paul Harris, but it was Saint Juste who led the team with 14 carries in the loss.
Aug 27 - 4:27 AM

Hawaii senior RB Paul Harris did not carry the ball during the first quarter of Friday's Sydney showdown with Cal.

Just a little keep-your-eye-on-it update. When the Warriors released their opening depth chart prior to the game, Harris was not listed as a starter. There is no suspension here and ESPN's cameras caught the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder in uniform on the sideline. Last season, Harris rushed for a very respectable 1,143 yards (5.8 YPC) and six touchdowns. That new HC Nick Rolovich feels so confident in his stable of backs -- led by Diocemy Saint Juste -- that he will hold back on Harris is a nice sign for that side of Hawaii's offense, at least in theory. Cal leads Hawaii 17-14 early in the second quarter as of this posting.
Aug 26 - 11:13 PM

Hawaii named senior QB Ikaika Woolsey the starter for Friday's game against Cal.

"[Woolsey]'s showed great decision-making, takes care of the football, overall he has more of a calm spirit and he's focused. He's worked to not make too much happen and just play within the system," said passing game coordinator Craig Stutzmann. The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder has started 19 games over the last three seasons. 12 of those starts came in 2014. In that campaign, he threw for 2,538 yards (50.5% completions) with a 13/13 TD/INT ratio. He holds an 18/22 TD/INT ratio for his collegiate career as a whole.
Aug 26 - 2:20 PM

Hawaii head coach Nick Rolovich says his QB competition has been narrowed down to four candidates.

So far, incumbent starter Ikaika Woolsey has gotten the majority of the first team reps in practice. He is the perceived favorite around camp. His presumed backup would be hyped freshman Aaron Zwahlen, with JUCO transfers Cole Brownholtz and Dru Brown fighting to stay in the mix beyond that. "Out of Ikaika I’ve seen the operation and the understanding of the offense has gotten better over the summer," said Rolovich. "Aaron Zwahlen, understands it. He’s still a young guy even though he’s a little bit older, he’s still a young player, and I think him growing into that leadership role is what we want to see from him."
Source: khon.com
Aug 18 - 6:54 PM

Hawaii redshirt freshman QB Aaron Zwahlen is taking the second-most snaps in camp.

Zwahlen, a former Elite 11 participant, redshirted last season after serving a two-year church mission in Baltimore. He remains behind senior Ikaika Woolsey on the depth chart. "I have to step it up," said the redshirt freshman. "I think I can always do better. As a team we have that same mentality, we want to get better everyday and all I can do is watch film and learn from my mistakes. We've all made plenty, so it's time to improve and step it up for the first game."
Aug 13 - 5:52 PM

Hawaii dismissed junior DT Kennedy Tulimasealii for a violation of the athletic department's code of conduct.

Hawaii's code of conduct states that "any student-athlete convicted of or pleading guilty or no contest to a felony charge shall be permanently dismissed from the team." Last month, Tulimasealii pleaded no contest to six criminal charges stemming from an April arrest, with one felony accusation for property damage included in that lot. In a statement, AD David Matlin said, "He will always be a part of the Rainbow Warrior ʻohana and we hope that his recent troubles do not define his life." This is a legitimate blow to Hawaii's defense. Last season, the 6-foot-1, 285-pounder recorded 63 tackles (18.5 for loss), three sacks and eight quarterback hurries.
Jun 28 - 12:39 PM

Former UCLA freshman OL Fred Ulu-Perry transferred to Hawaii.

"We would like to welcome Fred Ulu-Perry back home," Hawaii Coach Nick Rolovich tweeted. Ulu-Perry was used as a fullback and on the offensive and defensive lines as a freshman.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 05:25:00 PM

CBS reports that Hawaii senior QB Max Wittek will be sidelined for most of the predraft process because of ankle surgery.

Unfortunately, the Rainbow Warriors were forced to shut down Wittek early because of his problematic ankle. It turned out that he needed surgery to repair a patella injury in his right leg. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that Wittek "has some fans in the scouting community due to his raw tools." Despite his cannon arm, Wittek barely saw the field while at USC and lost a gift-wrapped starting job at Hawaii earlier this season after posting a 47-percent completion percentage with 15 interceptions. Think of him as a poor man's Christian Hackenberg and you'll understand why we wouldn't advise blowing a draft pick.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 11:13:00 AM

Hawaii has hired Nevada OC Nick Rolovich to serve as its head coach.

Rolovich played quarterback for Hawaii in 2000 and 2001. He also served as an assistant coach for the Warriors under Greg McMackin from 2008-to-2011. In 2012, he took over as the offensive coordinator of Nevada. Strike up Diddy's "Coming Home," because Rolovich is doing just that. Said AD David Matlin, "I have no doubt we picked the right man for this job. The future is bright for Hawaii football." Rolovich gets the opportunity following the canning of Norm Chow earlier this month. "I can't wait to get started," said the new boss man of the islands.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 11:27:00 PM

Hawaii has fired HC Norm Chow.

Chow had served as Hawaii's head coach since 2012. In a released statement, AD David Matlin cited the need to move "in a different direction." In his four seasons heading up the Warriors, Chow held a 10-36 record. Hawaii is just 2-7 for the 2015 campaign and lost to Air Force by a score of 58-7 on Saturday. Offensive line coach Chris Naeole will serve as interim HC until the school's able to find a replacement. Chow's the 10th head coach this season to exit stage left.
Source: USA Today
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 05:48:00 PM

Hawaii senior QB Max Wittek (ankle) is "expected to regain the quarterback’s job if he is deemed healthy for Saturday’s road game against Nevada," reports Stephen Tsai of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Wittek missed last week with the injury. You have to wonder how seriously it actually is, as Wittek missed less than a quarter of game action two weeks after suffering it. There's an underrated quarterback controversy brewing in paradise. Ikaika Woolsey, who started in 2014, played great last week against New Mexico and is a better fit for the school's revised read-option offense. Wittek, on the other hand, is a former ace recruit with a big arm. The Warriors may be better off with Woolsey in the short-term, but they may be trying to do right by Wittek after luring him to the islands. NFL scouts remain intrigued by him.
Source: The Gazette
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 07:27:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline is being told by scouting sources that Hawaii senior QB Max Wittek is a better pro prospect than USC's Cody Kessler "based on his physical skills."

Well now! This is far more insult to Kessler -- whose physical limitations you can read about in his player page -- than compliment to Wittek, who has played so poorly this season that he isn't even assured of ending the season as starter. Even so, he remains a potentially draftable commodity because of his bazooka arm.
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 03:57:00 PM


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