Victory lap

October 17th, 2013
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Receivers coach Luke Matthews and recently converted receiver Kwamane Bowens were the reasons the defense ran three laps after yesterday's practice.

In what was simply called, "The Competition," there were three sprints matching representatives from the offense and defense.

In the 40-yard dash, Bowens cruised to victory after safety Trayvon Henderson slipped. There was no protest on whether Bowens, who moved from cornerback 10 days earlier, had logged enough time at receiver to qualify as an offensive player.

Matthews easily out-sprinted defensive assistant Richard Torres in the other 40-yard dash.

And in the, uh, good-living division, defensive assistant Jared Vanderbeek out-rumbled tight end coach Phil Rauscher over 20 yards.

The Competition continues today with a punt-catching contest between the offensive and defensive linemen, and an egg toss.

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It's fun and games this week after UH turned down an offer to play Colorado on Saturday. (The Colorado-Charleston Southern game will be shown on the Pac-12 Network.)

104 Responses to “Victory lap”

  1. (Jesse)James:

    Woo hoo first!!!


  2. (Jesse)James:

    Good morning Tsaiko!!! Good to see the boys having some fun while still maintaining some physical aspects of the game. Maybe they just need to loosen up a bit.


  3. papajoe2:

    Good morning!
    Top 5?


  4. Loa:

    morning gang!

    congrats (J)J

    i agree... me thinks everyone needs to loosen up and have fun every now and then


  5. UHfan808:

    Good morning, Tsai-kos and Lurk-ers! :D

    Is it next Saturday, yet?! Hehe


  6. Loa:

    how about a Tsaiko "competition"

    suggestions? food related?

    or how long it will take before the blog goes "off" the day's topic :smile:


  7. (Jesse)James:

    LOL...@Loa....Ummmm, was thinking about a loco moco right now...beef patty x 2, rice, 2 sunnyside up eggs, and gravy all over....or even fried rice substitute for the rice...


  8. Slugger:

    Good morning, gangez!

    Loved watching the fun & games at practice. Miss those guys.

    I can watch the PAC-12 station, but will I be home?

    GO RAINBOW WARRIORS!!!


  9. (Jesse)James:

    Haven't been first in a loooooooonnnnggg time. :-)


  10. Slugger:

    Dang, (J)J!

    The closest I get to a loco moco is chicken fried steak, biscuits & gravy, two eggs & hash browns.


  11. boya_jr:

    San Francisco needs Hukilau back, or something like it. My Hawaiian plate (laulau, mac salad, lomi salmon) consumption has fallen big time. Plus, it would be great to have a place for Bay Area Warrior fans to meet on a regular basis.


  12. Boolakanaka:

    Hui e nei-from London...


  13. (Jesse)James:

    @Slugger...eh, dat sounds good too. BTW, I have your T-shirt just need an addy.


  14. (Jesse)James:

    @Boya_jr....Dang, about a block from my work there's People's Cafe Express. They have this "Lava Rock" plate I want to try. Lau Lau, Rice, and mac salad...covered with beef stew.... :-)


  15. (Jesse)James:

    Woo Hoo...Boola...bangers and eggs...???


  16. Former UH Athlete:

    For the egg toss, they can't possibly allow QBs and WRs to pair up right?

    Then again, maybe its a hidden drill from coaches to force WRs to catch with their hands and not their bodies.

    Good to see the staff keeping things on the lighter side during the week off. Morale seems to be good still. This team does have resolve and it's very admirable they fight to the final whistle. We've seen some past UH teams check out once the game starts going south.

    Don't worry UH fans, at least we're not Grambling St. That situation is a complete disaster, possibly one of the worst situations in modern football history.


  17. Former UH Athlete:

    10... that's not bad either.


  18. Boolakanaka:

    16 and pints!!!!! Cheerio!


  19. Boolakanaka:

    Opps meant that for 15 JJ...and a tiny bit of work. Aloha chaps-


  20. Former UH Athlete:

    Looking forward to Florida St vs Clemson... Going to be an insane atmosphere. As much I like Winston (I think he's the best NFL QB prospect in college ball), I gotta side with the home team and a more experienced Tajh Boyd. I think Winston will finally make a few freshmen mistakes in this one.

    Time for my picks... Season total currently (21-12)

    Arizona (+6) vs Seattle
    Florida (-3.5) at Missouri
    Wyoming (-7) vs Colorado St.
    Boise St (-22) vs Nevada Reno
    Philadelphia (-2.5) vs Dallas

    Not totally confident with these ones... but lets see I still got the touch. Going against the grain on Philly v Dallas (majority of tickets for Dallas). I think Boise is going to completely shut down Nevada and Nevada can't stop them. Seattle is just not the same on the road. Missouri lost their #1 QB and coming off a gigantic win vs Georgia, so it's a tough spot for them. Wyoming is really tough at home.


  21. Former UH Athlete:

    Also,

    Clemson (+3) vs Florida St.


  22. Former UH Athlete:

    The big boys doing a punt catching contest? That'll be fun!

    They should have a Punt-Pass-Kick competition with the linemen also.


  23. koakane ip5:

    good morning

    kope with fried rice adobo omelet ..... say no moa


  24. WarriorNY:

    FUHA,
    Good luck on those picks....

    Though, I don't like AZ+6, WY-7, Boise-22, or Phil-2.5.... To each their own... Good luck to you sir...


  25. Former UH Athlete:

    24... I know... I don't love em all either. I probably should have only made 3 plays but I've been pretty hot this season, so I figured I'd take some shots this week.

    The Philly pick was mainly because of the trends.. Cowboys as usually over bet and there's value the other way on most weeks. Definitely don't love Philly caz their D is horrid, but I'm anticipating Romo to hand the Eagles a 4th quarter gift.

    I view Boise vs Nevada as a complete mismatch. Boise grinds people down with their run game and Nevada can't stop anybody... UNR requires the other team to stop themselves. UNR might backdoor cover, that's the scary part.


  26. Ipu Man:

    Chocolate Brownie for breakfast with low sodium V-8 juice...
    And a day of infamy for ST seems to be Oct. 19th...


  27. (Jesse)James:

    BTW...Belated B-day wishes to Sports!!!


  28. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Good Morning Gangeez! ;)

    Banana Nut muffins and kope on the slopes of Puowaena. Saving my opu for a breakfast meeting tomorrow morning at the Pancake House. Have to admit though, that I'm getting breakfast envy from some of the posters. :)

    Loa - your number 6. The post mentions egg tossing - only on the WB can we stay on track with the post and still work fuud into the mix! :lol: I love this place!

    Good to see the guys having light hearted practice activities, they've been workin' hard.

    Aloha to you Lord Boola!

    GO WARRIORS!


  29. Boolakanaka:

    Top of the day to da Earl Punchbowl!


  30. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    *does one of those silly bows to Boola* Thank you Lord Counselor Kanaka, and to you as well.


  31. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    What I really want to know is how JJ can work day and night at a desk, eat the food he eats, and still have such an attractive figure?


  32. chopsueyboy:

    Champion Bakery
    crispy bacon, eggs, malasada instead of other starches


  33. (Jesse)James:

    Awww...DPK, I'm blushing now.... MWAHAHAHAHAHA


  34. SteveM [iPhone5]:

    Fuud?

    Good morning everyone!


  35. A-joe:

    31. Good genes and just lucky to be born fricken handsome! Thats why he's the official spokesperson for Man of Makaha and Man of Mandalay.


  36. NorthShoreFan:

    IIFC, some receivers used to play pitch and catch with a bar of soap. supposed to help concentration. losers get to eat the bar of soap...lol


  37. Whats up:

    I'm saying that Chow, Jordan Wynn and his offense took a lot of heat from us in the first 3 games and Kaumeyer's defense was pretty darn stout. Then the defense went into regression and started giving up big plays and not stopping offenses on 3rd downs or penalties that extend drives. Which ultimately led to them staying on the field for sustained drives that led to 70 to 112 offensive plays defended. And 500+ yards given up in the past 3 games.

    Since a lot of teams are going fast pace, up tempo, no huddle, fast break type offenses that is the same as Hawaii offense tempo. I don't buy into the offense is scoring to fast or what not and the defense is getting left out to dry theory. Because the past 3 opponets defenses gave up a lot of points to Hawaii up tempo offense as well but played better than Kaumeyers defense. Kaumeyer needs to fix his porous defense that is giving up 300+ yards in the air and around 200 yards on the ground. Because there is not many offenses that can score more points the opponents with a defense like Kaumeyer' s is right now.


  38. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Braddah Joe - bumbye call when me you get chance. Mahalo!


  39. Shadow:

    For fun & games, how about bull-in-the-ring with the habitual unhappy self-proclaimed football "experts" taking turns in the middle:)


  40. Truman:

    #14-Lava Rock plate is great. Have not been to that place in a while. It's a real local place and the price is good too.


  41. jeezy33:

    37. The offense isn't scoring too fast. The offense is simply putting on the field too long of periods in a game... Scoring points is nice, but you need balanced scoring through out the game. Not just at the end of the game down 3 scores...

    Where is the offense the 1st 3 quarters while the Defense is fighting to keep the game close? The score was 36-17 in the 4th quarter... That isn't enough scoring... So Hawaii scores late once again and gives fans false hope like the offense is finally clicking...

    Hawaii opened up the game with a 3 and out.. That's awful. You script a game plan going up into that and hang a 3 and out. Hawaii didn't score in the 1st quarter and punted on 1st 3 possessions... You think the defense likes that? Not to mention Bubba Luna almost takes it to the house and Hawaii comes up empty.

    How about the offense move the ball throughout the entire game and not just the 1st 2 possessions(San Jose St) or final 3 possessions(UNLV) Its a 4 quarter game


  42. jeezy33:

    *putting the defense on the field


  43. ai-eee-soos:

    Mountain West extends contract with the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl, for 5 of 6 years, beginning in 2014.

    SA breaking news.


  44. kifi:

    Eh Punchbowl, what time is our CC at the Pancake House tomorrow morning? We all coming. You no mind huh? We no mind you discussing your business matters around us game planning for the CSU game.


  45. mo808:

    Good Late Morning Greetings Folks!

    Fresh mushrooms, red onions, olives, Portugese sausage all chopped and sauteed in bahtah...added into a perfectly cooked two egg omelet...plated with biscuit covered with lilikoi butter. Yums to the tums! :-)


  46. mo808:

    Did someone say CC?


  47. SteveM:

    RE: #44
    :shock:
    DPK -- remember when you make breakfast reservations, you have have to say, "Tables for 20 but I need only 12 chairs.".


  48. A-House:

    perhaps an unanswered concern or question:

    has Chow ever explained why he decided to "hire" such young and inexperienced grad assistants and made them assistant coaches? there is a definite trend including the last 2 "grad assistants" for QB and Receiver.

    being a HC for the first time, would it not be more reasonable to hire "experienced" coaches who can help teach/stabilize the players?

    some will rebut with financial reasons, but to insure team success, perhaps experience is better than very little?

    Could it be so they will never question the HC?


  49. jeezy33:

    48. Technically, you don't hire grad assistants. The real mistake was hiring Price who didn't work out and having to throw Wynn under the fire.

    Regardless, I don't know how much a difference it all makes. The team's lack of discipline on both sides of the ball fall on the HC in my eyes and the only unit that is under control is Special Teams.

    We draw up 1-2 creative plays a game whether is a reverse to Gant vs San Jose St. or Kwamane Bownes vs UNLV. We need to draw up more plays that give our best play makers the ball in space.


  50. Papololoco:

    #48
    It's simple, Chow wants to be in total control. He can control everybody on the offensive staff and dictate what he wants to be done, in other words they can't move a muscle without his say so, JMHO.


  51. Papololoco:

    #49
    If Chow really wanted another OC then he could've went out and hired somebody else. It's painfully obvious that the game has totally passed him by and we need an OC who knows and understands todays game.


  52. Whats up:

    Jeezy33

    Just before halftime both Hawaii and UNLV offenses where blowing up the defenses and scoring at will. Hawaii was actually leading 17-13 in the game at halftime of the UNLV Game. Before the offense went cold in the 3rd qtr but the defense once again couldn't stop the UNLV offense and gave up 17 points alone in the 3rd qtr. Then UNLV offense and defense went cold in the 4th but still scored 9 points in the 4th. But 579 yards given up in the UNLV game, SJSU 534 yards given up over 200 yards on 5 big plays and now ranked #17 Fresno State gave up 530 yards, plus against Oregon State the defense gave up 508 yards. Thats 4 games this season Hawaii defense has given up 500+ yards which lead to points and losses.

    Can't keep blaming the Offense or Special Teams for the Defense being so porous. The defense is getting smoked throughout the game, its not like the defense is getting smoked in the 4th quarter because it's tired. Most of the time the Defense plays it's best when Sean Schroeder is leading the Offense and is trying make a comeback.


  53. jeezy33:

    I am not defending the Defense at all.. They have been bad....

    But by no means is the offense performing either... The defense can't simply be on the field for 100 plays a game. Especially on the road.

    Whether the offense scores or not, they don't sustain any long drives. Most of the time, the offense isn't scoring though considering the amount of possessions they get.

    Hawaii scored 2 TDs in a row in the 1st half. I wouldn't call that scoring at will. Throughout the ball game, it can't be quick 3 and out or quick score. There has to be some medium in there where the offense gains a few 1st downs and punts. Or move down the field and kick a FG. There are too many long droughts where no offense is being played and then at the end of the game the offense starts moving.


  54. Whats up:

    #51

    I'm not convinced that the game has passed Chow by and If Chow wants to mentor Jordan Wynn to be a quasi-Offensive Corrdinator. Then lets see what happens? Rolo got mentored? Aranda got mentored? So why not see what happens with Wynn? It will only suck if the young Jordan Wynn gets mentored up as the next OC and then leaves Hawaii for some reason. Jordan Wynn and Luke Matthews are very young and where grad assistants but they know Chow's style of offense first hand from there playing days at Utah. And first hand experience counts because you know they understand the Offense.

    It's kinda like the folks here that want Rolo back as a Hawaii coach. He got hired at Hawaii because is knew J.J. RnS offense first hand and got mentored up to the OC job. So we all knew Rolo knew the RnS because he played in JJ system at Hawaii, same thing as Jordan Wynn and Luke Matthews. Did JJ control his offense? Yes. So why would anybody think Chow would be any different? Come on folks, wake up. Defensive minded head coaches will control the defense and offensive minded head coaches will control the offense! Duh. Price was a major flop for Chow and hopefully Wynn proves to be the next Rolo as rising from assistant coach to OC for Hawaii. Only time will tell.


  55. kifi:

    I really think that the reason that we are 0 and 6 is because of the "Swoosh". Ever since we lost the "Swoosh", we have lost our mojo. Bring back the "Swoosh", and we'll get our mojo back. Wins will follow..


  56. kifi:

    Swoosh!


  57. primo123:

    Price was hired as a favor to Pops Price, Chow's good buddy. shhhh...don't tell anyone.


  58. primo123:

    I agree with jeezy....offense sucks....defense sucks...chow sucks....even kekaula sucks...only one doing a good job is special teams.


  59. Candy:

    What time is the scrimmage tomorrow?


  60. primo123:

    maybe we should bring back the triple option.......hmmmm?


  61. kifi:

    I like what Hawaii is doing offensively. Their offensive split between run/pass plays has been real good in the last two games. I like that 35/65 split between run and pass plays. Unfortunately Hawaii hasn't done as well on the average per run play as they could or should be doing. The 5.0 yards per rush is an adequate number. Perhaps we could continue for the rest of the season with that per rush average.

    #rush/avg. per rush - #pass/avg. per pass attempt (%rush plays/%pass plays)

    UNLV
    26/5.0 - 47/6.9 (36%/64%)

    SJSU
    33/2.6 - 53/7.3 (38%/62%)

    FSU
    35/1.5 - 46/8.2 (43%/57%)

    Nevada
    36/3.7 - 45/5.4 (44%/56%)

    OSU
    25/2.8 - 32/5.3 (44%/56%)

    USC
    31/0.7 - 41/5.1 (43%/57%)


  62. kifi:

    Is tomorrow's scrimmage open to the public?


  63. koakane ip5:

    #63 open to peeps with Hawaii bowl aspirations so you in


  64. homey ℞:

    I'll volunteer and take on DPK in the 40 yard dash.


  65. Rodney King:

    Why can't we all post photos on this blog? Especially when taking about food!


  66. kifi:

    Only me? Am I the only one that thinks the Rainbow Warriors are going to the Hawaii Bowl in December? Am I drinking too much kool aid?


  67. primo123:

    #66

    They'll go..............and sit in the north end zone..........


  68. Andrew:

    66. kiki

    Would be nice, but I you're drowning in kool aid at this point.


  69. Andrew:

    but you're *


  70. AlaWai:

    The Coaches need to take a retreat to reflect on the 6 games. Serious questions need to be answered. This would be an evaluation of each other. Its midterm and what grade do they deserve? It is a "game" for the players, but a business for them. No need for any disclosure, but we will know if things stay the same or change.


  71. Loa:

    afternoon gang!

    kifi #55 - for me it's more like a "wooosh" :lol:


  72. kifi:

    For safety purposes Homey we'll call it after ten yards.


  73. kifi:

    In real life, who would win the fight? The Seahawk or the Cardinal?


  74. kifi:

    Faith! Faith Yanagi! I'm drowning in kolo aid! I love yooooouuuuu....


  75. ai-eee-soos:

    UH soccer team picks up first Big West road win

    By Star-Advertiser staff

    POSTED: 12:59 p.m. HST, Oct 17, 2013
    LAST UPDATED: 01:03 p.m. HST, Oct 17, 2013

    The Hawaii soccer team picked up its first ever road win in Big West Conference play with a 2-0 defeat of UC Davis today.

    UH (7-7, 2-3 BWC) broke open the game midway through the second half. Junior forward Tiana Fujimoto scored the go-ahead goal in the 74th minute and it was followed two minutes later by an own goal on the Aggies (3-7-3, 0-2-1).

    The Rainbow Wahine kept themselves in the hunt for one of four BWC tournament berths with the win, and will look for another on Sunday at Long Beach State.

    Unfortunately for the Wahine, freshman striker Kama Pascua received a second yellow card in the 88th minute, equaling a red and automatic ejection. By rule, she must sit out the team's next match.

    UH was previously 0-6-1 on the road in Big West play since joining the league in 2012.

    Fujimoto's goal was the 20th of her career and career-best ninth of the season. Freshman goalkeeper Monk Berger, inserted back into the starting lineup, had six saves for her fifth shutout of the season.


  76. Maile Tsai-Russ:

    "It's fun and games this week after UH turned down an offer to play Colorado on Saturday."

    OMG ST, 'nuff already. Yer beating a dead horse...


  77. Buffoman:

    Hey what happened to that "Johnny Manzeil(iknow I've misspelled) is a criminal" poster?


  78. Maile Tsai-Russ:

    #54:

    Coach Chow As an Offensive Coordinator
    Last 9 years

    Total Offense Ranking, NFL (32 teams)
    1. 2005; Tennessee: 17th
    2. 2006; Tennessee (NFL): 27th
    3. 2007; Tennessee (NFL): 21st

    Total Offense Ranking, NCAA, FBS (124 teams)
    4. 2008; UCLA: 111th
    5. 2009; UCLA: 101st
    6. 2010; UCLA: 107th
    7. 2011; Utah: 81st
    8. 2012; Hawai‛I : 120th
    9. 2013 (to date); Hawai`i: 96th

    Source: ESPN


  79. d1shima:

    if you own the corral...


  80. primo123:

    #78

    so how come we hired him as our coach??


  81. SteveM:

    kifi:
    October 17th, 2013 at 4:33 pm
    For safety purposes Homey we'll call it after ten yards.

    Awww, shucks...I was gonna team up with DPK and run the first 20 yards. But you're right--don't want to pull a hamstring or anything... :|


  82. kifi:

    #78 - Ouch.

    Although we did know that when we hired him right?

    Ouch again.


  83. d1shima:

    I went Costco after work today.

    Seen some awesome looking ribeye.

    I looked in my wallet.

    I eating rotisserie chicken tonight...


  84. Buffoman:

    #83 no can beat for $4.99. I like their chicken better than Sam's Club. Others will disagree.


  85. d1shima:

    Some think Sam's is really offensive.

    Others think Costco get better defensive approach.

    Some say Sam's is more up-to-date.

    Others swear the times have passed by Costco.

    ...eh, but az all I get!


  86. Buffoman:

    Did the Titans improve considerably after Chow left? I thought they had an issue with their Qb selection during and after Chow. Would be interesting to see those stats with Chow's successor.


  87. gobows:

    #54

    Shouldnt compare jordan wynn with dave aranda. Aranda was already a defensive coordinator before coming to hawaii.


  88. kifi:

    I think both stores are actually struggling because the cupboards were left empty overnight. It's difficult to be competitive in today's environment without only 2 and 3 star products. I actually blame the CEO's, it's their fault. The employees are giving 100% and working their butts off. We just need to be positive and give them support by showing up at their respective stores.


  89. kifi:

    30% third down margin. We need to get that up to 40, 42, and better 45%. Of course as our expert Jeezy always says we need to do a better job on first down. We need to gain at least four yards on about 55 to 60% of our first down opportunities. That 'll give us a good chance of reaching our 3rd down percentage goals.


  90. obachan:

    #83 One kid just graduated from graduate school at UH & another kid still attending UH = I cannot even afford rotisserie chicken = hot dog & pork and beams tonight - freakin tuition keep going up.


  91. kifi:

    Hot dog with pork and beans is one 'ono meal. Das how we grew up in the homestead. Dat was better than the corned beef with da onions (I used to get the head slap for complaining). On occasion when grandpa actually earned a paycheck, he would stop by da market at chinatown for roast pork, char siu pork, maui onions, dipped in hawaiian salt, and da nastiest three day old poi. Dat was da best dinner up da heights of Papakolea.


  92. kifi:

    We were just poor. Not because anybody was in college. That was something that we only saw on the TV.


  93. gobows:

    #90

    campbell's calls that beanie weenie. you could splurge and mix the pork and bean with ramen noodles.


  94. HiFlyer:

    Chow needs to check on this school.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/highschool-prep-rally/california-high-school-team-offensive-line-rivals-size-193725656.html


  95. HiFlyer:

    Senior left guard Shawn Matautia is the biggest of the bunch at 6-foot-4, 400 pounds. He's followed by junior left tackle Darrin Paulo (6-6, 320), sophomore right tackle Soape Tupou (6-4, 300), senior center Errick Dennis (6-3, 300) and relatively trim junior right guard Charles Bell (5-11, 240). None of them even played varsity football last season


  96. d1shima:

    You had TV?!?!?


  97. d1shima:

    heheheh


  98. cocobean:

    Tiana Fujimoto, a hero and role model for all the girls playing U9-16 soccer.


  99. cocobean:

    Good thing Chow understands the three basic elements of long term coaching success - recruits, recruits, recruits.


  100. d1shima:

    Babooz! Why you keep banging yo head on da wall?

    Cause going feel so guud wen I stop...


  101. Buffoman:

    #96 yep we had one. Black and white Zenith with rabbit ears that we had to put tin foil on the get better reception. Used to watch Lucky's Luau. I think Napua Stevens was on the show with Lucky Luck.


  102. LizKauai (mbp):

    Fun and games.

    We must be working on next year's team.

    Niteynite!


  103. HiFlyer:

    So the defense beat the offense in the egg toss.


  104. just saying:

    Just my opinion but, seems to me that chows offensive strategy doesnt work because the type of players needed to run his system are players from colleges like alabama where you know they will run the ball and you cannot stop them, so that stops the pass rush and gives the quaterback time to throw the ball . but because they need to score points to catch up ,he changes his conservative approach and starts to score points. I think thats why he has a hard time with the quaterback situation and type of offense he tries to run because each quaterback is slightly better at running a different type of offense. he has to choose which quaterback and offense with the type of players he has now which gives him the best chance to win. he is a great recruiter and hopefully he keeps changing his offense to the type of players he gets