Delay play

September 30th, 2013
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Head coach Norm Chow told the Warrior Beat this morning that he will wait until later this week before deciding on a starting quarterback for Saturday's game against San Jose State.

There are two factors: 1) The availability of Taylor Graham, who started the first three games, and 2) Whether Sean Schroeder, who nearly pulled off the greatest comeback in NCAA history, is better suited as a starter or reliever.

Chow said Ikaika Woolsey is deserving of more playing time. He also said he wants to give some playing time to Jeremy Higgins.

Are there enough snaps to go around? Well, UH did amass 81 plays against Fresno State.

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Chow also told the Star-Advertiser that tight end Jordan Pu‘u-Robinson was diagnosed with a grade-2 MCL sprain and will miss a couple of games. That's hopeful news for the Rainbow Warriors, who initially feared Pu‘u-Robinson could be lost for the season.

Harold Moleni, who did not play against Fresno State because of a concussion, should be cleared to play this week.

Also, versatile Craig Cofer is expected to move back to tight end.

156 Responses to “Delay play”

  1. LizKauai:

    Aloha Kakahiaka!


  2. LizKauai:

    Healing Energy to all!


  3. PolyMom:

    Praying for a healthy Warrior Team!

    IMUA WARRIORS!


  4. RainbowCliff:

    Bon Dia Tsaiko Nation !

    Rise N Shine N Give God The Glory Glory

    Children Of The Lord !

    Go Rainbow Warriors !


  5. Nelekona:

    Top 5! Danguel! Anyong Hashimika!


  6. Warrior Storm Brewin:

    Warrior storm finally showed up on Saturday. The fans cheered with the rain showed up and we got wet, but it was so fun.

    Good morning Warriors. Heal up. Thank you for the sacrifice for all the guys that got injuries. Nice job not quitting to the team. Congrats Schroeder. Finally, a break out game for that young man. Even Woosley played ok for his first start. Seemed like he softened up Fresno for Schroeder. Fresno seemed a little tired after the half. Finally, we throw deep. Glad receivers got action. Stutzman pointed to his name on his jersey after the TD. Classic. Taimatuia, Lakalaka, Laurel, O-Line, Daley, Gant, Kirkwood, Haynes, Phillips, Jackson, St Juste, and so many Warriors played well. D kept the pressure on. I loved the aggressive secondary play. The O-line and backs picked up the blocks much better in the 2nd half. So many great memories from this game. Protect and unload the ball deep.

    Whomever starts for QB, I support. Maybe first guy softens up the D for the 2nd guy. Throw deep, tho, throw deep.

    Well done, guys and looking forward to SJSU.


  7. haka:

    Get well Warriors!
    Work! Work! Work!
    Believe! Believe! Believe!


  8. UHfan808:

    Good morning, Tsai-kos and Lurk-ers!


  9. Haleakala:

    What a second half comeback with Sean. If the game was only ten minutes longer.


  10. RainbowCliff:

    Liz Kauai & Poly Mom !

    GREAT ladies of Hawaii land & culture

    WONDERFUL morning and to think I have the HONOR on the WB to be after both of you !

    What OUTSTANDING fortune I will have today as who could not ask of such honor and grace. Hold both you ladies in the highest regards as this blog needs to know that you two with the both sport INTELLIGENT minds always show the passion and perspective to our boys play. Your comments are insightful and ON CUE to read by this writer as well as the entire blog!

    Stay well GREAT queens of aloha and MAHALO for coming into my life and sharing your aloha spirit with me. Always The Very Best !

    Have a GREAT day !


  11. RainbowCliff:

    I made TOP 10 !

    WOO HOO !

    Let's Go Bows !


  12. Buffoman:

    It was a terrific game, a terrific effort by a TEAM. Maybe we could have won, but the effort had to be flawless and that could not be realistically expected. The young men played well in the second half and the coaches have done a great job in giving the young men the spirit to believe that winning is always possible. These guys could have easily folded up, like some of the attendees and "gone home". Instead they played even harder and almost did an amazing thing against the #25 team in the nation.


  13. UHfan808:

    Whatever you decide, Coach!

    Good job to the fans who stayed until the end of the game this past Saturday!

    We rocked the house and lent our team support and extra energy!

    What an awesome treat to witness the team clicking first hand!

    Chicken skin moments!!! Hehe


  14. UHfan808:

    Have a wonderful week, everyone!


  15. RainbowCliff:

    Poor Lane Kiffin, I don't know how he was so SHOCK to see that he was fired as AD Pat Haden waiting for him at LAX with his pink slip as life can't be all that bad with a 2 million dollar home in Manhattan Beach with poly mom and making that much being the head coach at USC.

    Just last week I talked to a parent who son is on football scholarship (medical redshirt) for the Trojans and he told me straight up that Kiffin has lost the RESPECT of the team because of his dishonesty and not being forth right to these 4 and 5 star players. Writing was all on the wall as losing to Washington State at home then the blow out at ASU well enough was enough.

    I do feel for his children BUT leaving LA will probably be the best thing for him as his ARROGANCE cost him dearly in the end. One thing for sure he will get another coaching job but not at Tennessee !


  16. RainbowCliff:

    Have a GREAT morning good folks, I am off to swim in my pool !

    I have 20 laps to free style this morning and I hear the clear water calling me.

    Be safe, sure and secure.

    ALOHA !


  17. Moocher:

    at the beginning of the season i said that yes there will be a QB controversy. i said that only because it didnt take a rocket scientist to know that an electrician with brand new and the best tools but no real experience is not the same as an electrician with so-so tools but with much experience.

    this isnt a knock. its to say that each brings something to the table and frankly you just wont know which will be a better fit at any given time. if TG needs experience, then it takes time. and it takes time with baby steps meaning simplified playbooks gradually building confidence. therefore plays will be limited-thus, what we call a boring offense.

    in SS's case, he has the experience, but not the best tools. his tools may not be able to perform all jobs in the best way. similar to TG, SS can do smaller jobs then grow an take on bigger jobs as time allows him to polish up and sharpen his tools making him better.

    in either case, it simply takes time--game time.

    i was wrong when i said there would be a QB controversy. TG needs SS's experience. and SS needs TG's tools. there's no real QB controversy. one of them needs to step up and they need to compete, instead of being anointed as a starter. and from there, we as fans simply have to realize that each and ALL qb's are still diamonds in the rough and need work

    it seems play calling was always made to keep things on schedule. along the lines of 1st down 4 yards....2nd down 3 yards......3rd down 3 yards. if you stick to that schedule you will eat up the clock and move the chains. although it seemed when the schedule was thrown away because that type of schedule will not get you back in a game when you are getting blown out, the team played lights out.

    it seems that if chow throws away a schedule, the boys can play. and they can play good exciting football.
    play with the urgency to win instead of playing not to lose.

    i think players, coaches, and fans learned a lot this past weekend. and as they say, you learn the most when you lose, not when you win. try something different this week gang. play with urgency, the desperation, to win instead of trying not to lose or get embarrassed.

    anyway thats my opinion.
    go bows i back the team and coaches 100%! :)


  18. Moocher:

    both TG and SS are good....we are lucky to have them. SS stepped up and i think he will take another step up and the team will be lifted, and the team will follow.


  19. Moocher:

    play the hot hand coach


  20. Bugaz:

    Aloha kakahiaka! Is it later in the week yet?


  21. Bugaz:

    TG's arm was in a sling on Saturday, so id say rest him another week. Start Schroeder and play Woolsey a few downs or series depending on the outcome.


  22. PolyMom:

    OMG Rainbow Cliff. My GAWD you would have thought that the coming of the Messiah was happening yesterday. Every channel was Lane Kiffen yesterday. Today also. I heard through the South Bay coconut wireless they started packing up his office at half time. Was in a van by the time the end of the game. I have been LMAO everytime they mention Kevin Sumlin. Are they kidding me? One name they haven't mentioned is Charlie Strong. He's a fantastic coach. But he would never leave the Ville.

    I'll be in College Station the week if the 7th. I'll have to stop in and check with Coach Sumlin.

    When I get back, you'll have to come and watch a game at the newly renovated pad.

    Hey how did you watch the UH game last Saturday? Please advise.


  23. PolyMom:

    Actually Rsinbow Cliff he lives in the tree section of MB. I live in the sand section. Thus the gorgeous views from my pad. PV to Malibu. You've been here!!!


  24. Διογένης ὁ Σινωπεύς:

    GOOD MORNING HAWAII!

    Heal well injured Warriors!
    Safe and successful journey WAHINE. Great job last night!


  25. jeezy33:

    Not a fan of Norm Chow explanation regarding the QB situation.

    1. I don't think there is such thing as a starter and reliever in football. Just play the best QB who gives you a chance to win... No such thing as a closer.

    2. I don't think Graham should start based on the fact if its "fair or not fair" Choose the QB that gives you the best chance to win like I mentioned in 1. QBs can lose jobs being hurt if the back up proves he is capable of giving you a better chance. Kaepernick won a job last season in SF while Smith was hurt. Football isn't always about what is fair.


  26. boolakanaka:

    On January 23, 2013 Strong was given a $1.4 million raise which brought his annual compensation to $3.7 million and raised his buyout to $5 million. [4] At the time it made him 7th highest paid active coach in college football and highest paid coach outside the SEC, Big 12, and Big Ten conferences...my point, is that unless they break the bank, LA dollars he will be coming up short.


  27. boolakanaka:

    On January 23, 2013 Strong was given a $1.4 million raise which brought his annual compensation to $3.7 million and raised his buyout to $5 million. [4] At the time it made him 7th highest paid active coach in college football and highest paid coach outside the SEC, Big 12, and Big Ten conferences...my point, is that unless they break the bank, LA dollars he will be coming up short.


  28. RoyGBivs:

    Really? Oh my goodness. You got to kidding me!!


  29. Stephen Tsai:

    Jeezy:
    Oh, come on, like you really don't know who's going to start?


  30. Ipu Man:

    Stud=zman.


  31. Maddog50:

    Just want to see some speed some urgency in the O....hope we go after Fales early and often they have two good recievers, can't throw when your on your back-----I sure hope there is some buzz in the air and more butts in the seats for Saturday night!!! Just FYI when SJSU played Minnesota....the Gophers just plain mauled them on the ground...not saying UH has that caliber of OL, but they just punished them up front....Lets get this One...Go Warriors!!!!!


  32. RedZone:

    Like coach Tomey said it doesn't matter who starts. To me it doesn't matter. The whole team stepped up in the 2nd half and that is what we need.


  33. tom-warriornation:

    Last chance for 50 yd line seats at UNLV behind our team sitting with 240 other Hawaii fans, $55 each. Call Tom at 415-385-1462.


  34. Former UH Athlete:

    I guess that's good news about Robinson not being out for season. Tough luck as he's pretty much spent his whole college career in the training room.

    I like UH's chances with SJSU Saturday. After watching USU v SJSU Friday, there's nothing SJSU does that's impressive. No speed on defense, offense definitely has lost its luster since Macintyre left, and their most dynamic player is out with injury. Fales looks like he's regressed under the new staff and gets flustered under pressure. He made a ton of inaccurate throws vs USU even when not pressured.

    If the WR corp can carry over the confidence the built in the 2nd half v Fresno, the WRs can run wild on SJSU's secondary. Gant, Kirkwood, Haynes, & BRS all elevated their games on Saturday.


  35. jeezy33:

    29. Just don't like his explanation regarding QBs. Everyone knows there is no such thing as a reliever in football. I am not even stating who should or who shouldn't start. Although it's pretty clear which QB has moved the ball the most consistently this year even if a few TOs are likely to result from it.


  36. MattyBoy:

    25,

    Totally agree... Can he not figure who gives us the best chance to win? Is Chow lost or something? Can't understand why he's playing merry-go-round with his QB's.


  37. jeezy33:

    34. Hawaii in my eyes is WAY more physical than San Jose St. I really want to see Hawaii pound it up the middle on that front 7 of San Jose St.

    Lakalaka 66 yards on 13 carries against Fresno St. I think we can agree that with 3 minutes left, Fresno left the run up middle open for us to take advantage of.

    San Jose generates no pass rush, have a beat up secondary, and can't protect Fales. Fales also missing 2 of his top WRs. We should really play physical this week.


  38. RedZone:

    Chow knows. Why let our opponents know.


  39. slenzi:

    Boola, check out this conflict of interest and tax liability for Jay-Z.
    http://afgeneralcounsel.dodlive.mil/2013/09/11/2436/


  40. A-House:

    ST:

    You burst my bubble when you posted that you were on the tele with Coach Chow.

    Here I was telling MasaBoy as we past your "pad" that you were talking with a 5 star QB recruit who called you to say that after watching the game on Saturday, he wanted to be a Warrior. All 6'5" at 215#s runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds and can heave the ball 70 yards.

    Also he was telling you that his entire OL wanted to make the same commitment - tackles are 6'6" 310#s run the 40 in 4.8 seconds, guards are 6'5" at 300#s and run the 40 in 4.7 seconds, and center is 6'5" at 300#s and run the 40 is 4.8 seconds.

    the MasaBoy chimed in that his WR also want to make the commitment - 6'5" at 220#s and run the 40 in 4.3 seconds.

    happy days for me and you!


  41. Papololoco:

    Everybody knows that SS gives us the best chance to win and Chow knows it too. But he wants TG to suceed so bad that he's willing to ignore all common logic to just prove himself right.


  42. Stephen Tsai:

    I called Chow at 5:45 a.m. He already was in the office for an hour.


  43. boolakanaka:

    39--Yes, he will take a hit on that specific transaction, but then he will be able to offset that loss, against the 42 million he reported in 2012, and Mrs. Carter additional 40 million that she made. So, at the end of the day, it was like spilling a droplet of water on his linen suit....a second of inconvenience, but its not going to spoil anything. As he once said "you can't knock the hustle..."


  44. haka:

    Pretty funny...
    Chow dis...
    Chow dat...
    Why dis...
    Why dat...
    I told you so...
    I said it before...
    I know...
    I know...
    I know...
    Damn it!
    I know!


  45. papajoe2:

    Good morning everybody!


  46. A-House:

    a large mahalo to Doc and Wassup Doc for their "coupon" contribution to the Na Wahine BB team!!


  47. Moocher:

    ST.....this QB thing and how it was stated reminds me of Donald Rumsfeld when he said Saddam's weapons of mass destruction were in tikrit and to the north south east and west of baghdad :)


  48. Mytake:

    This isn't baseball. Starter and reliever QB's is a dumb idea. Probably why you don't see it done anywhere. Now bringing a guy in for a certain package is a different story. Also have to stop playing that 3 3 5 D on long 3rd downs. Doesn't stop crap.


  49. Independent Thinker:

    Awesome. I like what I am hearing from chow. He is sounding more like a business man now, top dog with top dog mentality, instead of an assistant manager. Chow, you will do great things here at UH if you continue to think the way you are now thinking, as reported by ST here.

    Taylor deserves the start next game, but Ikaika also did a pretty good job and should not be ruled out to start. Higgins is a gamer and if the opportunity presents itself, send in Higgins too. I like that kind of thinking. Awesome! All options on the table, willingness to make changes to gameplan and thinking, midstream, in order to achieve success. Right on!

    *Sets down another 20 lb bag of hinode rice for the pigeons. Watches cooing pigeons for a while, then leaves blogosphere.


  50. Independent Thinker:

    A person should start the next game if based on his past performance he shows he, among the available pool, is more likely to help the team win, for whatever reasons.


  51. Think2Much:

    There is no QB controversy. SSchroeder is the QB. I think it would be a mistake to take him out of his new found confidence and rhythm. As a senior and probably his last chance to play organized football, he's all about getting the job done and not about looking pretty. Now that his receivers are on the same page, they can play faster and he gets the ball out faster. Of course, the O line has to do its job too. So based on the comments about SJS, the Warriors should be able to play their game. Looking forward to the season's first W.

    Also need to mention, fans are feeling good despite a loss. This is how it should be. We know the Warriors competed and represented the state well.


  52. Bulla:

    Praying for healing for all the Warriors so that they may be at full strength for their next game. Great comeback, flashes of brilliance, we have hope :)


  53. Warrior Storm Brewin:

    Ne'Quan Phillips had a monster game. Made big plays all day on Defense and Special Teams. INT was the icing on a great day. He tweeted, "Can't wait until next Saturday I'm ready to play". He was ready to play this past Saturday too. Nice job, Mr. Honolulu!

    Chris Gant had a monster game too. 238 all purpose yards. Big catches. Got the fire started with the 60 yard reception from Schroeder. Chris Gant is in the house!

    I'll never forget TJ Taimatuia making a tackle from behind and knocking the ball loose from the RB. Ball squirts out from the pile, TJ grabs the ball and breaks free from the pike with the ball in the air while a couple of refs look for the ball in the pile. Unforgettable.

    Defense played great to the finish. 5 turnovers is no minor feat. So many times, they laid the wood on Fresno. I bet Fresno still felt the hits on the plane ride back home.

    Funny...Fresno state fans screaming bad refereeing on espn game conversation. Saying referees were trying to bust the spread, etc. UH got 10-95 vs Fresno's 5-61 and they're complaining? Sone non-calls went Fresno's way too. Fresno dropped passes wide open, that's no one's fault but Fresno's. And the clock management at the end of the game was sketchy, which hurt UH. Burse deserved to be ejected. Spot on call. Fresno fans also saying that refs were helping UH win. LOL You turn the ball over 5 times and let the backup QB tear up your D and that's the ref's fault? One Fresno fan even said, that's what you get by not running up the score and trying to be nice. haha ok then. Next time, don't be so nice.

    http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/conversation?gameId=332710062

    One person from Missouri said, "kudos to the fans that stayed in the stadium for their team till the end, you guys are true fans!" That sums it up nicely. But even the fans that left after the pick 6 deserve credit for showing up to the game. They just left a little too early.

    The W would have been nice to make the Fresno fans even more habuteru, but it's good for at least one team from the MWC to be in the top 25.


  54. Leahi2:

    Regarding the present QB controversy here in Hawaii, I recall the time about four years ago when N Mex. State was playing New Mex. State was not moving the ball so the Off Coord. turned to the HC and asked "should we bring in the Puppy?". Well as it turned out that" Puppy" went in to play QB. and did indeed move the team so that they won the game. It wasn't as though the starting QB softened the opponent to pave the way for reliever. You know he never got his job back. But that "Puppy boy" Manley out of Leilehua proved he can play! In Hawaii's QB situation, after playing a 4 STAROF has


  55. SteveM:

    Good morning everyone!

    No quarterback controversy except in the minds of the fans. I believe one quarterback can set up the playing field for another--causing defensive adjustments that may or not work. Anyway, Chow knows. Everyone (and SJSU) can keep guessing.


  56. Leahi2:

    (continued) That 4jStar out of HS should show better. There is no excuse for His junk performance. The time his here and now.


  57. Wes'side Warrior:

    Morning, Gang!

    Up to the coaches as to who starts and who plays. As long as we field our best product to get us that "W". Gotta cut down on those penalties too.

    Good to hear that teaching continues on the sidelines, throughout the game, as it should be.

    Excited for this coming weekend!

    Heal up and let's get with it!

    Let's go, Warriorz!

    Have a great day, everyone!


  58. Warrior Dave:

    Injuries. Besides Jordan, who else got injured?


  59. Andrew:

    I think Fresno is damn lucky that not many people on the mainland saw that game. Had that game been on ESPN or some other national station, they could have possibly dropped in the rankings.


  60. NorthShoreFan:

    Get better each game...looking for the W this week.

    Electrician with the good tools but no can fix vs Electrician with the not so good tools but can fix....no brainer.. take the one can fix...imho

    o&o


  61. RainbowCliff:

    Polymomm 22 & 23: Tree section of Manhattan Beach more like near the moon with all these gorgeous homes, benz, mercedes, lexus all around the neighborhood. Actually, the view I get up here on top of Ladera is like a quiet mystic cool atmosphere with the moon at night you can almost touch it. Swimming pool is good, fresh and clean as you & Pep will ENJOY! Lots of USC alumni up here but very quiet and even more quiet with Lane Kiffin being fired. Saw the game on this blog as many posters linked it for me and I do say "thank you" to all as it was truly an exciting game to keep my tired eyes awake as the come back was TERRIFIC !

    Have a safe trip to College Station and will look forward to watching the game at your renovated pad. My better half is eager to see it!

    Will bring the Heinekens and Rhonda will bring her avocado dip ! (DELICIOUS!)

    Tell Pep to not drink nothing for the day as I have the imported brews for him all 24 !


  62. (Jesse)James:

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!!

    Hope all is well.

    Hey ST, how is Tepa? Is he cleared to play?? Just wondering.

    If the TEAM can play and execute the way they did for the last 19 minutes of Saturday's game from start to finish, we can win some games....just got to start faster and clean things up.

    One Team. One Game. One Goal.

    :-)


  63. PeteJek:

    Taylor Graham said he didnt transfer here to sit on the bench. But after 4 games, it is clear that Sean Schroeder gives this team the best chance to win. That is not arguable. He doesnt have the best arm obviously but he's moved the ball more consistently not only in the Fresno game but against Oregon St too. Most importantly, he's been the best by far at staying in the phonebooth pocket and delivering accurate throws under duress. SCHROEDA' MO BETTA!


  64. madeinhawaii:

    I suppose, just about now, if you think your coach is being considered for the USC job, you need to make him a better offer...


  65. madeinhawaii:

    Or look for his replacement


  66. Papololoco:

    I keep hearing everybody say QB controversy. There is not controversy SS should be the starter this Saturday. He gives us the best chance to win and has earned #1 spot.


  67. jeezy33:

    63. Graham hasn't warranted any reason to be the starter... SS might turn the ball over at times, but at least our offense moves and generates yards, 1st downs, and scores. I'll take the risk/reward of what he brings versus TG who will check down a lot and throw the ball into heavy traffic..


  68. Papololoco:

    No controversy


  69. jeezy33:

    Our O line has improved a lot and with time, SS has shown to be a more productive.


  70. Independent Thinker:

    This last game, chow and crew went out for Ahi and came back with akule and mahimahi. Not bad, not what we were fishing for, but still better than nothing. The first three fishing trips netted nothing in the way of fish, but a lot in the way of experience. Fourth fishing trip showed Chow and company know how to catch Ahi. They learned from first three trips, made adjustments, and now they are at least hooking up smaller fish. This past fishing trip had a lot of the "big one that got away" stories, and that is good, cause at least we hooked up some big ones, even if they got away.

    I get the feeling at this point we are going to hook up some ahi this next fishing trip. Chow and company made some adjustments last trip and came back into the harbor with something, instead of nothing.

    Ahi fever in the air!!! First warrior victory on the horizon! Am really looking forward to the next game. Screaming lines! Big ahi!! Am adjusting my prediction on next game based on last game performance by team. UH victory by 10.


  71. ai-eee-soos:

    tis the season, already ...

    Pasqualoni fired at UConn


  72. Warrior Storm Brewin:

    How can some fans be so unhappy and whining? You should like teenagers whose parents didn't buy then the newest iPhone. Spoiled brats.

    So many good memories about the game. So many players played their hearts out. Schroeder faced a tired and injured defense. He comes in the first quarter, guarantee, he's not as effective. Pass rush was basically non-existent when he took over at the end of 3rd quarter. Fresno was tired. No question. Doesn't matter who starts or finishes. I'm glad the Warriors play hard 100% the whole game.


  73. Leahi2:

    #66 says there is no QB controversy. Of course there is none because this is still Monday morn after Fresno State. Its still too soon for an uproar. Strangely he agrees that SS should be the starter. What would he say if NC announces that TG is well and should start next Saturday against SJSU? The other point is that TG is a former HS 4 star recruit. He was on the Ohio State team and you know that is big time! He transfers to Hawaii and red shirts for a year. He is Chow's boy we all know that and gets all the reps in Spring training, all the reps in fall preseason practice and finally gets to start all 4 games this season but he doesn't look like an all American. Now don't get me wrong on this point, we are not expecting an All American performer. Also #55 says that one QB can start and set up the opposing defense while another would confuse them. Really? Fresno and Hawaii played last year. They have films on SS and heir whole team saw his play. . Their new coach or whatever, is not new to the scouting business. I say here again that the time is here and now. In future years underclassmen should step up as they do at every other college.


  74. Manoa:

    I think Taylor is better running Chow's offense, and better under center, while Schroeder was better in the shotgun and at what he ran in the second half last night, which was the offense of the day because we did not have tight ends to use. I liked that spread out passing offense, but Chow may go with something else against San Jose-- either a mobile QB like Woolsey, or the typical Chow ball control offense with Taylor.


  75. Hanabata Boy:

    anybody notice most of our run plays in the first half, if not all, were out of the shotgun??? i wish they were a little more creative on the play calls in the first half. second half i didn't mind since we were in catch up mode. if we don't fix that, we might see diocemy transferring out of hawaii. i wish we ran stretch plays. i think our backs could produce. our receivers are big and can block. and it'd be a change of scenery for our tackles and tightends to go out and push around some ends and linebackers...not hating, JUST SAYING


  76. Derek:

    Earl Campbell is calling for the firing of Mack Brown. I can't say I don't blame him for feeling that way. I was never a Mack Brown fan myself. I think he's a good coach but he and a lot of guys getting older, like Frank Beamer and before that Joe Paterno have been in one place too long. Bobby Bowden stayed at Florida State too long too. So did Bo Schembecler. Tom Osborne was smart, he retired at the right time. Chow? He'll be lucky to finish his 5 year contract and that will be it. Maybe he won't if we go 0-12 this year or another bad year next year. June Jones will be retiring soon also. Nothing wrong with being retired. I'm retired. It's wonderful spending quality time with our grandkids.

    But, getting back to coaching. It takes a lot of energy to be a good Head Football coach. Given that, I just believe you have to be a younger person (somebody say in the 30s, and 40s, maybe at the latest early 50s. Look at Urban Meyer, at the rate he works I wouldn't be surprised if he gets a heart attack. Look at Jerry Kill at Minnesota. He's had several seizures. It's a very high stress job. Goodbye, Lane Kiffin, goodbye Paul Pasquoloni.


  77. Manoa Mist:

    I don't think there is anything sweeter in sports than someone proving they can play a game when everyone thinks they can't. Hats off to Sean Schroeder for proving he can indeed play QB for Hawaii. You know this is all Hawaii people want to see - the local boys playing with heart against the best there is in college football. We saw that Saturday and it was a great night.


  78. Former UH Athlete:

    Schroeder got reps during the week and thus looked better. One thing he did better than any time this, or last year, was that he was decisive with the ball. No hesitation once he figured out where he was going to throw.

    QB hesitation is a killer and will lead to turnovers. Just a quarter to half second hesitation to pull the trigger can be the difference between a completion or interception.

    With the talent UH has at receiver, and knowing most MWC CBs aren't that great. I'd let Graham or Schroeder have the green light to audible to a deep route when they see single coverage on Gant, Kirkwood, Haynes or Kemp pre-snap. The WRs showed they can go up and make really tough athletic catches down field. Gant is finally playing to his potential and BRS is looking like he's back to full strength. BRS is more of an underneath receiver, which compliments the other deep threat WRs.

    If the QB reads man on the outside, then all he needs to do is look off the safety and then turn and fire the deep ball. If the safety is still over the top or are in cover 3, then check down to BRS or whoever is the outlet receiver and take your 5 yards, maybe they can break it for more. The read should only take 2 seconds so the ball should be out of the QBs hands in under 3 seconds. As long as the OL doesn't whiff on a block, even a shaky line can protect that long.


  79. Bigislandkurt:

    Have a great week of practice Rainbow Warriors! Remember, the word is PROGRESSION, not REGRESSION. Keep building upon what was put down this past week. Protect your house.

    BIK


  80. Jonj:

    #73 TG has done nothing to warrant the 4star rating in high school. Only thing was his father ex nfl qb and his size. He was injured his whole high school career, I think played 8 total games his junior and senior yr. and if you look at TG practice film at OSU it basically was the defense highlights and showed the same u see today a big arm but holds on the ball too long and is inaccurate. The OSU fans thought he would go a D 3 team.


  81. Warrior Storm Brewin:

    Many QBs in college use shotgun almost exclusively. Experienced or not. Woosley isn't experienced enough yet to run multiple sets under center. K.I.S.S.

    Diocemy has found a home at UH, but has the option to transfer for any reason, like any player for any team. The players believe in their team so the bond is there. Hats off to Diocemy. His blocking has improved and is getting good playing time as a true freshman. He is definitely learning the skills to play at the next level. Seeing Diocemy break a few would be nice though. Perhaps next game. Whether Diocemy stays or goes, I would wish him well. He seems like a good kid. He has made a huge sacrifice coming all the way to Hawaii (as does other Florida and East Coast kids) so Hawaii fans should be grateful. Maybe, UH can schedule an East Coast games for these guys.

    As fans, you cheer for whomever is here. Can't control players coming and going. There is talent in the backfield.

    The special teams played awesome. We're going to miss Scott Harding.


  82. Διογένης ὁ Σινωπεύς:

    A saying in the old days before the store got gobbled up was: "Does Gimbel's tell Macy's?"

    Why should Coach Chow announce his QB - let San Jose prepare for whoever. Start Higgins and really foul up San Jose's preparation!

    I don't really care who starts - as long as we win.


  83. cocobean:

    Jonj. I see you have some connections at The OSU. Got to view some of their practice film and talkto their fans.


  84. gobows:

    Wow, before the season began, talk was sjsu was one of the top teams in the mwc. What happened to them?


  85. A-House:

    les we forget that Chow anointed SS with the "IT" factor in 2012, but was replaced by TG as the "IT" factor in 2013.

    wish he hadn't done that cause now it puts him in a hole on who to play against San Jose on Saturday or will he break away and really call the "objective" shots as a HC? "it" factor is like al's "holy grail"?

    still waiting to see it (no pun intended)

    I say start Woosley again and give him the experience for one half then switch to SS for the second half - yes SS had a great game, but his true calling may be "off the bench"


  86. gobows:

    Did chow waste a scholie on a punter? Harding is having better luck with the bounces on his kicks this year, but i want to see him run it when the lanes are open.


  87. A-House:

    is Coach Demo using Harding because regular punter is hurt or just ineffective? I thought UH punter did well when he played


  88. RedZone:

    ST Juste Lakalaka could be our Bush White combo.


  89. SteveM:

    Last Saturday before the game, I heard people say, "It's not about who starts the game, it's who finishes it". Boom! Schroeder finished the game big-time and certainly deserves the honor of the start this week. Who is going to finish it? I dunno, but I wish them all the best--after all, it is our home team!


  90. turfwar:

    Harding was huge during Saturday's game. His punting skills are amazing. Return yards were zilch.


  91. Former UH Athlete:

    THe one thing St Juste needs to work on is being more patient and let the blocking develop. He tends to break off the run to improvise a little too quick... I know that drives coaches crazy. Probably why Lakalaka is getting more reps.

    St Juste is a legit homerun threat and needs to be a part of the gameplan, however, he's had too many negative plays for any coaching staff to trust him as a primary RB. On Saturday, his final carry lost 9 yards, and that ended his night. In the past two games, 8 of 19 runs are no gain or negative.


  92. A-House:

    opponents did not take long to adjust to Harding being the punter by closing off the "open" lane(s) we saw early in 2012

    hope he doesn't wait too long before kicking the ball - almost had one blocked last Saturday, but got off a great left leg kick for good yardage


  93. A-House:

    #91:

    is it St Juste's running style or the "called-play" that's causing him to break off too soon and make him look bad

    little guy with speed running into the middle of the D line may not be the best use of his quickness and speed - can Chow come up with more "outside" or perimeter running plays with a direct hand off or pitch from the QB leading the way - OL not quite there yet to open up the holes up the middle - altho they did for Lakalaka's 1st TD run into the north endzone - big puka between center and left guard

    Lakalaka or Faga up the middle is good for UH - both are tough runners and can hold their own


  94. RedZone:

    Fresno has a really good return game. We saw that when Hadden had to make a tackle. I like how coach uses Scot in the game. He is a gamer.


  95. bowwar:

    Warriors looked darn good in the spread...Maybe, Chow should use it more especially if it gets results with the personnel he has.


  96. bowwar:

    St. Juste looked awfully small on the field and probably could have used the redshirt year to bulk-up a bit. Nonetheless, he needs to be given the ball "in-space" either by misdirection plays, toss sweeps, or passes in the flats...Lakalaka ran with confidence and got good results.


  97. Former UH Athlete:

    91 follow up regarding RB effectiveness/comparisons...

    Looking at the numbers in the two MWC games...

    Total Carries:
    Lakalaka 22
    St Juste 22

    Avg YPC:
    Lakalaka 5.4ypc - Very good
    St Juste 4.4ypc - Good, but it's skewed with a 41y run. Not counting that big play, St Juste is at 2.3ypc, not so good.

    Long Runs 10y and over:
    Lakalaka 1
    St Juste 3

    Medium runs 4-9y:
    Lakalaka 13
    St Juste 4

    Bad runs 0 or negative yards:
    Lakalaka 1
    St Juste 8

    --
    I was surprised to see that the workload was dead even in MWC play, so there shouldn't be any complaints on playing time as some mentioned. Both guys are getting fair shot.

    I think both Lakalaka and St Juste compliment each other very well and having two good RBs with different styles helps the offense because if a defense is slow, St Juste can carve em up. If the defense is undersized, Lakalaka can power his way forward for YAC. I see both guys having big days depending on the matchup vs defenses.

    St Juste played well vs Nevada but struggled vs Fresno. Lakalaka has been more consistent. Chow has no choice but to use Lakalaka as the primary and St Juste as the change of pace guy for now.


  98. cocobean:

    UH fans shouldn't get sucked into this so called QB controversy. Chow knows who's going to start. He wants to keep SJSU guessing who they should spend the most time preparing for.


  99. Sean:

    Good afternoon.

    I'm hoping that the fire is lit under our offense! And that consistency happens!!

    I'm proud of how our RAINBOWS WARRIORS finished the game albeit just short of the miracle we hoped for. But coming out on the next game with that same taste in their mouths and a win just around the corner!!

    Pomai or whoever is keeping score;

    UH 35 Sparta 13

    GO RAINBOW WARRIORS


  100. Sean:

    100


  101. jeezy33:

    To answer the question in the blog...

    How about Woolsey start again, bring in Higgins in the 5th inning, and Schroder in the 9th inning to get the save...


  102. ai-eee-soos:

    SA article posted at 01:30 ...

    "If healthy, Graham 'probably' starter"...

    ... let it go at that ...


  103. NotNasti:

    73. Leahi2: If memory serves me right, Taylor Graham did not get all the reps at practice and start all four games. He took no reps at practice and did not suit up for the fourth game. Sorry to nitpick, but you're trying to make it seem worse than it really is. 0 - 4 teams/coaches don't need any more help making themselves look bad.


  104. Warrior Dave:

    Mr. A-House,

    Totally agree with your assessment of our punters.

    Saturday's late rally makes me anxious for this Saturday's game!!!


  105. madeinhawaii:

    SJSU is no USC, Oregon State, Nevada, or Fresno. Our Defense should be able to hold them at bay and give our Offense ample opportunities to score early. Our Oline should also be able to provide our Quarterbacks with decent protection throughout the game. This makes this game the perfect opportunity for Graham to get unglued, for Woosley to find his rhythm, for Schroeder to stretch the field, and for Higgins to play local favorite. We have the RBs, the receivers, and tight ends ... we just need the connection.


  106. Derek:

    Just my opinion, I would go with the person that has "demonstrated production and performance". Granted Graham was the prior starter and he got hurt, but I think the difference is that Graham has not played well the first 3 games. Maybe I am too logical, but this is not rocket science. Schroeder played well when he was in there and he gave the team a spark. That to me, counts for something and I hope he continues to play well this coming Saturday. Clearly, he earned a shot at least for the next game.


  107. NotNasti:

    I'm hoping for the best . . . and expecting a victory, but we are still probably going to be underdogs for this game. There are no guarantee wins this year. Let's keep things in perspective.


  108. NotNasti:

    I sit behind the team on the 20 yard line DH end. Three observations from this past Saturday:
    1. I highly doubt Taylor Graham will be ready to suit up this Saturday. His arm was in a sling. I think he might be out for 2 more games.
    2. Coach Chow is not too old for the game. He was really, really into the game. He was yelling at the refs, called a time out when the refs got the spot wrong, coaching up the qb's, receivers, tight ends, etc. during the game. He was very animated with his players. You could see that he was coaching to win the game.
    3. Clark Evans was really sick during the game, throwing up as the ball was being snapped, and on the sidelines. That was pretty tough to watch. My daughter told me "Ewww, who would want to block or tackle him? He must smell awful. They should give him the ball." Maybe we sit too close to the team.


  109. Sasa Muli:

    101.jeezy33:

    September 30th, 2013 at 2:08 pm
    To answer the question in the blog...

    How about Woolsey start again, bring in Higgins in the 5th inning, and Schroder in the 9th inning to get the save...

    ----

    I like dat! Sasa like da praddahs dat tink outside da manapua box. No time for talk talk talk just get straight to da point no mattah how lolo.

    Fa.


  110. useless info:

    SJS - 4.5

    1 place @ -5


  111. Old School Dave:

    Speedy recovery for Jordan Pu‘u-Robinson. What happened to that touted JUCO TE from Cali who got into a skateboard accident over the summer?

    UH needs to recruit a couple of talented tight ends who can boost the offense and also challenge the defensein practice. Tight ends continue to hurt the UH defense.


  112. Down with...:

    ....I sit at the 50 yard line behind visiting team (since 1975), one thing I noticed about this past Saturday's game.....

    1.)...not too many people come to the game.
    2.)...not too many people who came to the game stayed past middle of the third quarter
    3.)...one of the best games ever at the stadium (even in defeat) Go Warriors!!!


  113. jonj:

    #83 cocoabean idk if u heard of this thing called the internet. Nifty lil thing connects you to the world. Especially that youtube!


  114. jonj:

    so today helping my landlord with some things. I hear someone calling "Jon" and next thing i know is David Graves is standing there. My landlord is also Jon, so DG came by to help him with refinancing his mortgage loan or whatever. Had a nice talk with him! Thanked and apologized for how his career was handled.


  115. Independent Thinker:

    The 1:30 story today about chow mumbling something about Taylor starting is forcing me to rethink my complient of chow earlier today.


  116. Independent Thinker:

    compliment


  117. slenzi:

    Welcome back to da lineup Billy Ray! Geevum!


  118. slenzi:

    Dolphins will be OK, but jeez Saints are rolling like da old days!


  119. cocobean:

    #113. On the internet every day. Please direct me to where you found the info you posted.


  120. haka:

    I wonder if his date is a French model?


  121. jonj:

    119. When taylor Graham first transfered i read their blogs. I dont remember where or what date. buts its there. did u check out his tapes?? also OSU must have pulled some of the footage cuz i didnt see the spring game tapes anymore


  122. observation only:

    #117
    stutz and lakalaka representing ILH ! go puns, go saints, go bows!


  123. Shoko:

    Time check. 8:37 pm

    CTC Show in less than half hour.


  124. Buffoman:

    #121 so two years ago you were already down on TG, correct? So who was your starter back then, SS? Did you also check out his history on the Internet? What about Higgins?


  125. jonj:

    124 Actually I was down on him then! Maybe if i have time Ill go look back to my comments. I actually thought DG would remain the starter cuz i didnt think a 3rd string duke transfer would beat out a 1st string hawaii guy. Especially since we all knew the line was weak and since DG could create plays.


  126. Derek:

    Chow needs to find a Jimmy Graham clone, 6'6" 250 LB, 4.60 40. We'll settle for somebody like a Vernon Davis, 6'3", 245 lbs. 4.38 40.


  127. jonj:

    ST do you remember the date TG transfered??


  128. Shoko:

    I think what worked against Graves was the fact that Schroeder already had experience in the pro-style offense.


  129. jonj:

    I jus think chow didnt like graves for whatever reason. How does one go from QB1 to Wr (torched the starting D for 5tds) and not even play at all. Especially when Chow said in a few interviews that they need graves and he will contribute.


  130. cocobean:

    In my opinion...

    The difference between the candidates vying for the starting QB job is Schroeder has reached the point where he's thinking with his eyes. The game has slowed down enough for him where he's reacting to what he sees. Whether it's getting the ball out quicker or moving into a better place to release the ball. He still has his deer in the headlights moments but not as much as the other two.

    Can't really say if the game has slowed down a bit for Graham because I didn't see the OSU game or the 1st half of the Reno game. But I do expect him to have improved from the USC game. Woolsey played like Graham did in his 1st start. Both have better arms and probably run faster than Schroeder but at the moment SS is playing with a lot more confidence than them.

    Poor HIggins. He's a gamer, a quick decision maker. Unfortunately for him the coach doesn't believe HIggin's arm can cash the checks the coach wants to write.


  131. 3-Prong:

    Hmmmmm, on Call The Coach, Chow said that TG is the starter if he is ready to go. Old school. Cannot lose job from injury....


  132. jeezy33:

    126. Derek, Snow College has a pretty good one in Tyler Barron. 6-4 242 4.6 40. He can line up in the slot and on the line like a traditional TE. Blocks not bad and gets down the field well.. Nice hands and pretty big catch radius. Could be on our radar with Clark Evans graduating.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AI32Cf4ixd4&feature=youtu.be


  133. madeinhawaii:

    Call the coach is on right now...


  134. madeinhawaii:

    Sorry 3-prong.. I should have refreshed first..


  135. kapakahi:

    Cofer saw considerable action at DE against Nevada when Yap and Tepa went down......and this past weekend against Fresno State with Tepa still out.

    With Cofer moving back to TE, who else is gonna step in at DE now? OR is Tepa being cleared and counted on? Who else in next on the DE depth chart? Uti? OR Cavaco-Amoy?


  136. kapakahi:

    #122,

    Don't forget Samia (Saint Louis) and Yap (Kamehameha-Kapalama) representing the ILH on the D.


  137. Shoko:

    Pretty sure I heard the Tepa was cleared to play on the show.

    I heard that foot surgery that entails pin insertion has a recovery time of four to eight weeks. Chow was saying that they expect Iosefa's return to be about three or four weeks. Seems like a pretty optimistic recovery time. Hope they don't rush his rehab time.

    Anyway, pretty good CTC show. G'night


  138. observation only:

    #136
    my bad.
    Samia was a standout baseball and football kid.
    Yap chose Hawaii over Baylor!!
    loved watching Boyd Yap play back in the day!

    ILH being represented:

    punahou: Yap and Lakalaka
    st. louis: B.R. stutz and Samia.

    i am sure there are others on the roster also.

    thanks for the correction kapakahi.


  139. A-House:

    #132:

    looks like good hands in traffic - moves well - runs precise routes - big target

    what about the QB? releases the ball before TE makes his breaks - pinpoint passes in heavy traffic

    general question: many teams have a black QB including most of the BCS schools - why not UH? last one was Mickey Carter.


  140. kapakahi:

    #138,

    Yap was the State Defensive POY for Kamehameha-Kapalama.

    BTW, dad Boyd also was star RB for Kamehameha-Kapalama.....before transferring to Kaiser.

    Higgins also a Crusader.


  141. A-House:

    I do seriously hope that Chow does not return to his "pro-style" offense - afraid if TG gets the starting call on Saturday, that's what it will be - boring and low scoring for UH

    San Jose will be happy to see TG out there in the "pro-style" offense - thus, let's not count any chickens before they hatch and keep posting about a "win" come 10/5/13

    while I do hope they win, it will largely depend on which QB starts and which offensive scheme we will see early in the game - highly doubtful TG starts unless his arm in a sling is a rouse to throw off San Jose

    my observation is that the OL plays harder for SS - saw that at the end of OSU and against Fresno


  142. A-House:

    MHO is that it matters only that the player plays for UH regardless where he played before - team unity is very important and watching a teammate's back


  143. kapakahi:

    JMHO that Lamone Williams (Kahuku '14) is just as good a prospect at TE.....as he is at DE. While not real athletic or much of a leaper, still got a long reach and huge hands. Good physical blocker and a dependable pass catcher. Maybe the next Cofer.

    Tuli Wily-Matagi (Kahuku '15) should also be a good TE prospect. Started at TE as sophomore for the Red Raiders......but playing QB out of necessity this junior season. Just a good physical athlete.


  144. MattyBoy:

    I hope Chow isn't getting mad at the fact that an offense other than his is working. We all k ow he's super stubborn. I wonder if he'll go back to his boring old offense this Saturday just because he's salty another scheme is better than his and is working.


  145. kapakahi:

    #142,

    While it might not matter so much once on the team......still matters when it comes down to local recruiting.

    Everyone knows that high school ties still mean alot to local players in Hawaii.

    Saw Kamehameha-Kapalama alums Beau Yap, Kiha Sai, and Kory Rasmussen talking story with DL commit Ka'au Gifford '14 and DL/OLB prospect (and current BYU commit) Mika Tafua '15 before Saturday's game.

    Same with Kahuku alums Benny Fonua and John Wa'a talking story with TE/DE prospect Lamone Williams '14 before Saturday's game.


  146. kapakahi:

    With Lakalaka doing well at RB......and with QB Tuileta and HB/TE Dakota Torres already verbally committed for next Class of 2014.....gotta believe that UH would at least get some consideration from SB/PR/KR Kanawai Noa '15.


  147. jm2375 (iPad):

    Howzit Tsaikos!

    Exciting game on Saturday.

    #136 - let's not forget about Josh Donovan, MPI/PAC-Five

    Go Warriors!
    Go Wahine!


  148. Old School Dave:

    Would be nice to see a UH tight end along the lines of the late Ron Hall. Hall went on to play a number of years in the NFL. Kent Unterman was also a good one, and a very physical blocker.


  149. madeinhawaii:

    I don't see SJSU's defense getting the kind of penetration against our O-line as the previous 4 teams did. So, it shouldn't really matter whether we have our quarterback under center or not. They should have enough time to make their reads and execute properly. It should be a game that can demonstrate what Chow's pro style is capable of.


  150. kapakahi:

    #147,

    Forgot about OG Ben Dew (Word of Life Academy).

    BTW whatever happened with former All-State OL Paulay Asiata (WOLA/Saint Louis) after he left CU Buffs???


  151. NotNasti:

    U-Dub's starting TE, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, 6'7" tall, 276 lbs., 4.6 sec 40. Now That's a tight end!


  152. Kilikili:

    #150- My son said Asiata was getting into MMA.


  153. 3-Prong:

    I liked the fact that Coach said that people can second guess him because "they pay their dime". He seems to understand that there are always going to be detractors even after the team's second half performance on Saturday and even if he leads us to major bowl type success. Guess what fellow bloggers, what we express here


  154. 3-Prong:

    what we express here has no effect on Coach's decisions. (ok now hit submit-hehe)


  155. cocobean:

    #144. Who's offense was Chow running? Did he draw up the schemes SS used on the sidelines and ran them without the team practicing them?

    Could it be through the years Chow has accumulated several volumes of playbooks with sections on plays to use when playing big time catch up? Every offensive coach has his play book or books that he adds to every year. His additions may be modification of existing plays or outright "theft" of another coach's ideas.

    You can bet he has schemes dating back to the wishbone up to Oregon's spread option. The NFL is a copy cat league and so is college football. He's only had two spring and two fall camps to "teach" a fraction of his play book(s). I agree he does have a base set of schemes he uses in every game but he's always put in new plays/schemes for every game he's coached here. Some things that the opposition has not seen on film.


  156. Maddog50:

    One thing for sure SJSU is desperate for a win....the are big on O and talented. In order to win or be in it to win O has to start fast and get on the board...play field position that dicates what they do.....go after fales relentlessly. I want a win badly as many do....hope my desire is far short of the Warriors desire....I gotta believe it is.....Go Warriors!!!!