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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

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.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 02:51:00 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.
Thu, Sep 10, 2015 06:26:00 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.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 08:51:00 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
Thu, Jul 30, 2015 12:28:00 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.
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 09:32:00 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.
Thu, Jun 4, 2015 12:15:00 PM


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