Head coach Norm Chow confirmed that quarterback Taylor Graham and defensive tackle Siasau "Saui" Matagiese will represent the Rainbow Warriors at next month's Mountain West Conference media preview in Las Vegas.
Graham's selection was not surprising even though he has yet to start an NCAA game. Graham was at Ohio State for three semesters before transferring to UH in January 2012. He redshirted in 2012, but exited this past spring training as the No. 1 quarterback.
Graham will be a fourth-year junior this season. Matagiese will be a senior.
The head coach and two players from each of the 12 MWC teams will participate in multi-media interviews at the July 22-23 preview at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.
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Former UH cornerback/returner Mike Edwards made a significant step in his attempt to make the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent. Edwards has been invited to participate in cornerback Antonio Cromartie's workouts in California this week. The Jets finished mini-camp last week. Cromartie was named to this past year's Pro Bowl.
Former Utah wide receiver Luke Matthews has emerged as the leading candidate for a graduate assistant's job on offense.
Matthews completed his NCAA career in 2012, having played in 50 of 51 games with the Utes. He had 30 career starts. More importantly, Matthews was named to his conference's all-academic team in each of the four years he played.
Utah coach Kyle Whittingham had offered Matthews an administrative job on the Utes staff.
UH is undergoing a lengthy vetting process and background check before the position may be filled.
Matthews already has been admitted into UH.
The Warriors' other graduate assistants are Jordan Wynn and Jared Vanderbeek.
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Happy birthday to the guy on the other side of the camera — SJMacro.
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The Warrior coaches received a special Father's Day present with Waianae defensive tackle Kennedy Tulimasealii's official UH acceptance.
Last month, Tulimasealii met the NCAA requirements to compete this coming season, but he still needed to gain admission into UH. He has been notified of his UH acceptance.
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The five Warrior football clinics on high school campuses drew nearly 500 participants overall, exceeding the total for the three camps held at UH last year. This year's total will grow with the upcoming youth camp on the Manoa campus.
UH coach Norm Chow said the road shows helped bring the program into the community. Two of the camps were held on the neighbor islands.
Defensive end George Daily-Lyles is leading a camp this summer that has nothing to do with football but everything to do with teamwork and development.
Daily-Lyles is the host of a kids' camp at the Waikiki Aquarium. The curriculum is focused on sea life through group-oriented activities.
The camp is part of Daily-Lyles' studies in family resources. He is scheduled to earn a degree in that field in December.
Daily-Lyles adjusts his off-season training around his camp schedule. He often is at the aquarium for up to 10 hours a day.
Linebackers Kamalani Alo and Art Laurel also are leading youth camps this summer. Alo is working with kids at the Palama Settlement.
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Like a typical UH student, Diocemy Saint Juste spends a lot of his time at the beach.
But the beach is in Florida, where the weather is a low of muggy and high of sweltering, and his activities involve a series of sprints. His indoor time is spent in the weight room. The cross-training has resulted in a stronger build (he's added eight pounds) and maintained speed (sub-4.5 seconds over 40 yards).
As Sly & The Family Stone once asked: Hot fun in the summertime?
"I need to do this if I want to be the best back I can be," Saint Juste said. "I want to go out there (to Hawaii) and be an impact player to the team."
Saint Juste is expected to compete as the speed back in the Rainbow Warriors' spread offense. He arrives in Hawaii on Thursday. He said family have expressed hopefulness as begins packing.
"It's for a better cause," he said.
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Hawaii Prep Academy is today's stop on the UH football clinics circuit. The coaches departed UH at 4;30 a.m. for the early flight to the Big Island.
Tomorrow's clinic is at McKinley High.
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