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Hawaii redshirt sophomore WR John Ursua caught 10 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 56-23 loss to UCLA.

It wasn't quite the 12-272-1 receiving line he dropped on UMass in a season-opening win back at the end of August, but Ursu once again had no issue getting open in Saturday's affair. A nice sign of how Hawaii's offense has progressed over the last year -- in 2016, Ursua did not have a game with double-digit receptions. He's hauled in at least 10 passes in each of the first two contests this time around.
Sep 10 - 1:33 PM

Hawaii senior RB Diocemy Saint Juste carried the ball 27 times for 154 yards in a 56-23 loss to UCLA on Saturday.

Saint Juste also caught one pass for a touchdown. The 5-foot-8, 195-pound tailback was easily Hawaii's best player, and he showed that on both his touchdown that made it 14-7 Bruins early in the second quarter, and a 66-yard scamper that set up another Hawaii score. If Hawaii has any chance of making a bowl game, they're going to have to ride Saint Juste hard this fall.
Sep 9 - 9:15 PM

Hawaii senior RB Diocemy Saint Juste ran for 202 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries in a 41-18 win over Western Carolina on Saturday.

He's the first Hawaii running back to run for 200 yards twice in a career. Saint Juste is coming off a 1,000 yard season as a junior, and after tonight, the 5-foot-8, 195-pound running back will need to miss some games for him not reach that mark in 2017. Saint Juste had no issue finding gaps in the Western Carolina defense. His touchdown was a one-yarder that gave Hawaii a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter. The Rainbows will have to travel to UCLA next week, but Saint Juste is talented enough to have a quality game against the Bruins.
Sep 3 - 3:43 AM

Hawaii redshirt sophomore WR John Ursua caught 12 passes for 272 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 38-35 win over UMass.

Oh dear goodness. Ursua was near-uncoverable in the win, no more so than on his touchdown grab. That one went for 85 yards with just under two minutes remaining in the first half, but don't be crediting QB Dru Brown -- it was almost all Ursua on the play, with Brown hitting him on a little slant and Ursua proceeding to bust it out for the long score. With this one game alone, the 5-foot-10, 165-pounder picked up almost half of the yardage total he posted in 2016, when he put up a 53-652-3 receiving line.
Aug 26 - 10:09 PM

Hawaii junior QB Dru Brown completed 25-of-38 passes for 391 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 38-35 win over UMass.

Maybe UMass should stop scheduling Hawaii. Brown torched them a year ago, too, when he dropped 311 yards and five touchdowns on them in late November. This time around, he notched a 29-yard rushing touchdown with 8:51 remaining in the first quarter and hit up WR John Ursua on an 85-yard touchdown off a slant before halftime. He would not make much noise in the third quarter, but came roaring back for a trio of scoring drives in the fourth, capping off his big game with a go-ahead seven-yard scoring pass to Metuisela 'Unga with just 48 seconds remaining in the contest to give the Warriors the lead for good.
Aug 26 - 10:02 PM

Despite graduating from high school in 2012, Hawaii redshirt sophomore WR John Ursua is entering just his second active year with the Warriors.

Ursua (5'10/165) is not your typical collegiate athlete. Following his high school graduation in 2012, he set out on a two-year mission in France, after which he took a redshirt with the Warriors in 2015. Despite the long layoff from football, he came on last season to catch a healthy 53 passes for 652 yards and three touchdowns. Those 52 catches were good for second-most on the team.
Source: khon2.com
Jul 11 - 4:03 PM

Hawaii freshman DL Kalepo Naotala was seriously injured in an accident off the coast of Waikiki Beach.

Naotala reportedly hit his head when diving off a cliff and was transported to the hospital in serious condition. Naotala's collegiate career was already postponed due to a severe knee injury.
Jul 3 - 10:13 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranked Hawaii redshirt junior ILB Jahlani Tavai as the No. 5 underclassman draft prospect at his position.

Tavai hauled in first-team All-Mountain West honors for the 2016 campaign. The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder did so on the strength of 128 tackles (19.5 for loss), six sacks, an interception and two fumbles forced. His 85 solo tackles were good for tops in the Mountain West, ditto those 19.5 tackles for loss.
Jun 29 - 8:48 PM

Hawaii junior DE Jamie Tago was suspended for spring practice due to a violation of team rules.

No further information is available as to just what Tago did to draw the suspension or when he could potentially rejoin the team. The 6-foot-3, 260-pounder has had himself a long and winding road of a career with the Warriors. Initially, he joined the team as part of the 2014 recruiting cycle. He left last spring due to an issue unrelated to football, subsequently dropping to the JUCO ranks before signing (again) with Hawaii as part of the 2017 recruiting class.
May 22 - 1:50 PM

At his pro day workout, Hawaii LB Jerrol Garcia-Williams spoke with the Broncos, Cardinals and Jets.

Garcia-Williams (6-foot-2, 235) "did well in positional drills," according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson. Garcia-Williams should get a camp invite if he doesn't sneak into the end of Day 3.
Apr 3 - 1:36 PM

Hawaii hired Jacob Yoro as safeties coach.

Yoro spent the past two seasons as DB coach at Cal Poly. This is his first FBS gig, and it's a doozy. Hawaii ranked No. 118 nationally in pass efficiency defense last year.
Feb 21 - 3:31 PM

Hawaii promoted DL coach Legi Suiaunoa to defensive coordinator.

Suiaunoa replaces Kevin Lumpa, who is reportedly taking an analyst job with Michigan. In a statement, HC Nick Rolovich said, "He's done everything I've asked him to do and he's commanded his position group. I truly believe Legi is ready for the challenge and this opportunity. He's earned my trust." In addition to his new defensive-coordinating duties, Suiaunoa will continue in his role as DL coach. He will have his work cut out for him in 2017. This past season, Hawaii surrendered a shade over 37 points on average.
Feb 10 - 6:33 PM

Hawaii sophomore QB Dru Brown completed 20-of-30 passes for 274 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 52-35 win over Middle Tennessee in the Hawaii Bowl.

Brown failed to throw for a touchdown in his first three games of the campaign, but he made up for lost time down the stretch, firing off five touchdowns against UMass in the regular-season finale and following that effort up with Saturday's four-touchdown showing. The 6-foot, 200-pound sophomore was symmetrical in his work against the Blue Raiders, tossing a touchdown pass in all four quarters. Overall, Brown passed for 2,488 yards with a 19/7 TD/INT ratio over the course of 12 games played.
Sun, Dec 25, 2016 10:48:00 AM

Hawaii senior RB Diocemy Saint Juste rushed for 170 yards on 25 carries in Saturday's 52-35 win over Middle Tennessee in the Hawaii Bowl.

Saturday's big effort from Saint Juste pushed him just over 1,000 yards for the season. He wraps the 2016 campaign at 1,006 yards rushing. Playing on his home turf in the Hawaii Bowl, the 5-foot-8, 195-pound senior averaged a smooth 6.8 YPC with a long run of 26 yards. Saint Juste finished out his Warriors career hot enough, rushing for a combined 292 yards in the final two games of the campaign. He managed just three touchdowns for the year as a whole, but outside of that slight demerit, he put forth fine work in helping Hawaii to a 7-7 record.
Sun, Dec 25, 2016 10:37:00 AM

Hawaii senior WR Marcus Kemp caught six passes for 126 yards against UNLV last Saturday.

The 6-foot-4, 185-pounder remains on the fringes of fantasy utility in FBS leagues due to his usage. Unfortunately, Hawaii's offense won't allow for many touchdowns. Kemp has a 36-636-4 line through seven games.
Fri, Oct 21, 2016 03:34:00 PM


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