Pre-camp notes

July 31st, 2014

With camp opening this weekend, it's time to empty the notebook:

> The offseason conditioning program ended last night — this morning? — with midnight weightlifting.  In a twist, the players were in costume.

> Taz Stevenson, a Mililani High graduate, completed his transfer from Washington with notification of acceptance into the Pacific Islands Studies' graduate program. Stevenson earned a bachelor's degree from Washington, but needed to be accepted into graduate school to be eligible to play this season for UH. Stevenson will be used at safety.

> Defensive tackle Lawrence Lagafuaina, who also earned a BA from Washington, is awaiting acceptance into a UH graduate program to complete his transfer to UH. Lagafuaina said he has submitted the necessary paper work.

> Former USC quarterback Max Wittek is awaiting his UH acceptance. He is joining the Warriors as a non-scholarship player.

> Former Nebraska linebacker Jared Afalava took an unofficial visit to UH  this past week.

> Keelan Ewaliko will be a receiver when UH opens camps.

> UH ordered 24 lockers for the coaches. Only 12 full-sized lockers arrived. Because of a mix-up, the other 12 are somewhere "in transit," as they say in the biz.

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Here are the practices that are open to the public:

8/4 — 2:15 p.m.

8/5 — 2:15 p.m.

8/6 — 2:15 p.m.

8/7 — 2:15 p.m.

8/8 — 2:15 p.m.

8/9 — 10:15 a.m. and 4:50 p.m.

8/11 — 2:15 p.m.

8/12 — 2:15 p.m.

8/13 — 2:15 p.m.

8/14 — 10:15 a.m. and 4:50 p.m.

8/15  — 2:15 p.m.

8/16— 10:15 a.m. and 4:50 p.m.

8/18 — 10:15 a.m. and 4:50 p.m.
8/19 — 2:35 p.m.

Going the distance

July 30th, 2014

Wideout Vasquez Haynes felt confident his broad jump — 10 feet, 3 inches — would stand as the best on a humid, windless Tuesday afternoon.

And then there was a roar — a loud roar — when walk-on Terrence Sayles soared 10-4.

A few minutes later, Marcus Kemp stuck a jump that was credited at 10-5.

And then Haynes, initiating his version of the re-entry rule, gave it one more shot. After a dramatic pause … Haynes was ruled to have jumped 10-6.

It topped a solid day of team testing for Haynes, who also had a 36-inch vertical jump.

hot19Vasquez Haynes

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Marcus Kemp:



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Terrence Sayles:


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Cornerback Dee Maggitt:



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Slotback/running back Samson Anguay:


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Cornerback Barry Higdon:


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Safety Damien Packer:


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Running back Dominique Small:


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Here's receiver Quinton Pedroza running the electronically timed 10-yard dash:


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Safety Trayvon Henderson:


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Running back Keelan Ewaliko:



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Slotback/punter/punt returner/holder/kickoff returner Scott Harding:



Harding and safety Kawika Borden:



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Big Island RB joins Warriors

July 29th, 2014

There will be another Joey in the Warriors' backfield this training camp.

Joseph "Joey" Pacheco, a Big Island resident who played at Hartnell College last year, has joined the Warriors as a walk-on.

photo-7"I love that kid," Hartnell coach Matt Collins said. "I think he'll be a guy, they'll realize, who brings something to the table."

Collins said the speedy Pacheco was mostly a receiver, but he also can play running back, a position he will be used with the Warriors. He has two years to play two UH seasons.

Pacheco is listed at 5 feet 7 and 185 pounds, but Collins noted, "he's a great blocker. That's one of the things most impressive about him. He brings tenacity to the blocking game. He's a got a hell of a motor. He good on the stop-and-go. He's a complete player."

Collins said  Pacheco's best game was in last year's Living Breath Foundation Bowl. It came two weeks after he suffered a concussion and a week after suffering a separated shoulder. But Pacheco played well, Collins said, and "he had a nail-in-the-coffin touchdown catch on a screen."

Pacheco, who earned an associate degree, had a 3.5 cumulative GPA.

"He's an under-sized and over-achieving player," Collins said.

Monday musings

July 28th, 2014

It's Monday, time to empty to notebook.

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The Warriors' first practice is a week away, on Monday, Aug. 4.

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The Warriors should have a better understanding of the potential transfers. The NCAA limits training-camp rosters to 105, but they may expand on the first day of  UH's fall semester (Aug. 25).  The Warriors will not be adding too many after training camp. There are only 110 lockers. Plus, the new all-you-can-eat meal plans make it costlier to add walk-ons.

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A booster seeking anonymity is hosting a fund-raiser dinner this Thursday. The 80 seats are sold. The donor will match the amount raised. Proceeds go to Na Koa, the football team's booster club.

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Revenue from football ticket sales and accompanying premium fees goes to Koa Anuenue, the umbrella fund-raising group, to pay for scholarships. Na Koa, which does not receive a cut of the ticket revenue, has to generate revenue on its own to pay for summer school and supplement training-table meals, among other expenses.

There were 750 Na Koa members the past academic year.

Those interested in joining Na Koa or attending the Aug. 21 Pigskin Pigout should log on to:

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Leftover pictures from the MWC media days:

Nevada quarterback Cody Fajardo and defensive end Brock Hekking:



Hawaii's Joey Iosefa:



"Team Leaf" bracelet in honor of  San Jose State linebacker (and former UH fullback) Jared Leaf, who was seriously injured in an apartment fire:



San Diego State offensive lineman Terry Poole's size-18 shoe:



And here's a video of Rocky Long interviewing his players:


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Former UH safety Charles Clay said he's enjoying the Green Bay Packers' training camp.

Or, as Clay texted: "Mhhmmm definitely."

Apple fallout

July 27th, 2014

Hawaii News Now's Keoki Kerr reported that Tom Apple will be removed as UH-Manoa chancellor, an action that will impact the athletic department.

Apple has been a supporter financially (absorbing the department's eight-figure accumulated debt a year ago) and emotionally (he's the first to greet the Warriors at Aloha Stadium). He's backed projects, OK'd contracts, and didn't send in the collectors when the budget was stained with red ink.

In these difficult financial times, it's always good to have friends.

Apple was a friend to the athletic department.