Special attention

April 29th, 2014
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It is a credit to special teams and the defensive secondary that Damien Packer and Josh Donovan will go on scholarship beginning this summer.

Packer and Donovan — similar to Mike Martin, who earlier had been promised a scholarship — earned their way first as special-team players and then as safeties. Further back, each attracted attention with their scout-team work.

One of UH's inspirational placards is: Work like nobody's watching. 

Well, they are watching. Every play of every practice is recorded on video. For a walk-on, the reward is a scholarship.

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Offensive line coach Chris Naeole and intern Ed Ta‘amu departed yesterday to American Samoa to evaluate prospects. That means meeting with counselors and coaches.

Because the Rainbow Warriors still have a vacancy on the coaching staff, Ta‘amu took the recruiting test and has been authorized as an interim recruiter.

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Quarterback Jeremy Higgins said he played the final two quarters of Saturday's scrimmage despite suffering an injury to his left (push-off) foot. Higgins' foot was heavily wrapped after the scrimmage. Yesterday, he was walking with a noticeable limp. He should be ready when the Warriors begin their summer conditioning program in four weeks.

 

55 Responses to “Special attention”

  1. 1:

    1?


  2. truegreen:

    1, how do you do that so often?


  3. 1:

    @#2: I have no life!


  4. papajoe2:

    Good morning everybody!


  5. Stephen Tsai:

    It's been pointed out that renewal forms for season tickets are arriving in the mail.
    No doubt, there will be a future story that ticket renewals are down. Just remember: Ticket renewals can't increase. If you bought 10 tickets last year, you can't renew 12. You can renew 10 and buy two new ones, however.


  6. d1shima:

    Great Morning All!

    Safe travels for the Coaches.


  7. papajoe2:

    It's great that we are back in American Samoa recruiting.
    While briefly in Fiji last month, I noticed the average Fijian had good size. No football in Fiji?


  8. d1shima:

    Got my renewal package in the mail on Saturday.

    Thought it was well-timed to coincide widda Spring Fling Ting...


  9. tommui:

    GOOD MORNING HAWAII!

    I think we had a player from Fiji years back - or was he of Fijian descent?

    And we had a couple of guys with Tongan descent too!


  10. Stephen Tsai:

    Volleyball middle blocker Taylor Averill will go to Chicago to be honored for being named to the All-America first team.


  11. kifi:

    Ed Ta'amu? Is that Judge Uale's son-in-law? I may be mistaken. Wish them luck in American Samoa. Wish we could send them to Apia, and Aotearoa also.


  12. d1shima:

    OK. He's banned and they will force him out.

    Move on...


  13. Stephen Tsai:

    It's all about location, location, location.
    I thought UH should have put the concession stand near the entrance for the Spring Fling.


  14. Stephen Tsai:

    I keep forgetting how much football has progressed in Samoa.
    We had a discussion about football there, and Penitito Faalologo gave me one of those weird looks.


  15. Stephen Tsai:

    This would be me if I saw a cardboard cutout of Tom Brady:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0b9rOji_PWY


  16. boolakanaka:

    Kifi...I love Aoteroa!

    He Ara Hou!!


  17. NorthShoreFan:

    Guud Morning Tsaikos...bootiful day.

    maybe the sign should read..."Work like the Tsaikos are Watching YOU"...no slack..

    ST...before going into Ching Field, I went up to see if L&L was open because I didn't see any concession at the entrance. Wasn't until I was a couple of guys struggling with a stack of warmers that almost fell over, that I knew there was a concession tent at the far Diamond Head end. They really good about being invisible.

    finally...reports of Dennis Kamakahi passing...prayers for him and his family.


  18. tommui:

    Senior moment - I remember UH had a player from Aotearoa - played line and went up to the NFL.

    Like Boolakanaka, I love Aotearoa - shame that earthquakes had ravaged the South Island, esp at Christchurch. The Cathedral there was totally wiped out.


  19. boolakanaka:

    Judge let me put on my thinking cap on that one, I do know that Riki Ellison, previous of the 49ers, was Maori and from Christchurch.


  20. jm2375:

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Congratulations to JD2 and Damien Packer.

    Thank you, Mr. Fotu, for returning next season. Work hard and get that degree!

    GO WAHINE!
    GO WARRIORS!


  21. boolakanaka:

    And the other Maori, that I know, is David Dixon, formerly of the Vikings---really big bruddha.


  22. cocobean:

    Mark Nua was from Kiwiland.


  23. HALEAKALA:

    Congratulations to Damien and Josh!
    Get well Jeremy!


  24. boolakanaka:

    22--You got it coco---he had a cup of coffee with the Chargers in 1992.


  25. SteveM:

    Good morning everyone!

    Congrats to Damien Packer and Josh Donovan!
    ...especially Josh. His parents must be very proud today!


  26. regular person:

    which other coaches and where will they be recruiting the next couple of weeks? besides Naeole in samoa?


  27. marleysdad:

    2 season tickets renewed. Is it Aug. 30th yet?


  28. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Grats to to the new scholie guys... hard work pays off.


  29. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    RIP, Dennis.


  30. boolakanaka:

    RIP, Dennis--.... E kamau iho i ka hoe!


  31. obachan:

    best wishes go to Jared Leaf for a full recovery


  32. Slugger:

    Hiyah, gang!

    Please say a prayer for Jared Leaf who underwent his first surgery this afternoon. Hope he doesn't have too long a road to recovery.

    Nice to see that Fotu is returning to UH MBB!

    Congrats to Damien Packer & Josh Donovan on receiving scholarships this year!

    Aloha 'oe, Uncle Dennis Kamakahi. :(


  33. oneseason:

    Aloha stadium parking dropping by 1040 spaces (kam lot) for 2 years due to rail construction according to SA. The report says that is 13% of all parking & season ticket holders can bid for parking starting 5 May and total spaces available for bid will be same as last year with some added Upper Halawa lot spots. $500 for inner circle & $400 for Koa/Upper Halawa starts the bidding; http://www.staradvertiser.com/sportspremium/sportsnewspremium/20140429_UHseasonticket_holders_can_bid_on_parking_stalls.html?id=257122071


  34. st. anthony trojan:

    Extremely happy to hear season tickets are available....what a difference a year makes.....

    Sumone up there at UHAD is doing good work..praise is due 4 that...keep it going....

    IMUA


  35. Pauoa Boy:

    Coach Ta'amu is former Iolani product??? If so he should have some good Oline experience to help Coach Naeole. Had couple stints in the NFL no???


  36. oneseason:

    Online renewal of Rainbow Warrior Football season tickets is also available at http://www.etickethawaii.com/Renewal/hawaii_football.html


  37. jimmy the lock:

    The players are on their own training regimen till the summer conditioning program? Who's motivated, who wants it, who is up to the task?

    Congrats to the future schollie players.

    Looking forward to reading the Samoa evaluation report.

    Speaking about renewal...car registration...arrrghhhhh.

    Damn, safety check got more expensive and more stringent. Before they would look at the tires and walk around the car. Now they check the tires, walk around the car, press the brake pedal, and take a picture. No wonder more expensive.


  38. marleysdad:

    Did mine online & saved 5 bux.


  39. oneseason:

    18,194 is the number (last year's total) to beat ... UH Football season ticket sales are really not that far from the top of the Mountain West conference, especially when the declines of the last 3 years are considered. http://blogs.rgj.com/chrismurray/2013/09/07/wolf-pack-season-tickets-sales-hit-record-high-yet-theres-a-lot-of-work-ahead/


  40. oneseason:

    UH Football attendance also isn't looking too bad relative to the Mountain West conference. So it's not like we don't have the gross ticket receipts to build a quality program. It seems there is a missing link in the calculus. http://www.mwcconnection.com/football-5/2013/5/8/4310988/2013-mountain-west-football-attendance-in-question


  41. ALLAN:

    WE HAD A FIJIAN PLACE KICKER DURING LATE 60s EARLY 70s. WJP [ASSED ON A WHILE BACK. I USED TO SEE HIM PRACTICING BY HIMSELF WHEN I USE TO WATCH PRACTICE FROM THE SIDELINES WEEKDAY AFTERNOONS. NICE QUIET GUY, KEPT TO HIMSELF, PROBABLY BCOZ HE HAD NO ONE TO TALK TO.

    B.U.T...HE PROBLY HAS GONE DOWN IN NCAA HISTORY, IF NOT IN ALL OF FOOTBALL AS THE ONLY EXTRA POINT KICKER EVER TO BE TOSSED OUT OF A GAME FOR KICKING AN OPPONENT AFTER AN E.P.. TRY.


  42. smallkahuna:

    Looking at the breakdown of the MWC attendance chart, SJSU has a season ticket of 2200 with a 8million population. It came out to 0%. I had to kind of chuckle. O% of the population watch you play is like nobody who lives in that area is showing up. The fans must be made up primarily of visiting fans.

    That would be an alarming number to say the least.


  43. whitey:

    #37. only one state requires safety inspection. all the other states did away with it because it serves no purpose.


  44. 1984guerra:

    who (what position) is the vacancy on the staff?


  45. d1shima:

    Eh! What's all the SHOUTING about? :evil:


  46. clyde:

    41: Wilson Fatafehi?


  47. kapakahi:

    Hopefully Naeole & Ta'amu will take a good look at this Leone HS DT prospect....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP2XlLYkmM4
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD8LCjnFoB8
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38H8_lsVVj4


  48. kapakahi:

    Hopefully Demo looking at these local OIA products as potential future special team prospects.....

    http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3382578/highlights/90866381
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeMD4yFnUAc


  49. al:

    40...do the math. uh don't own the stadium, in fact they pay rental fees. do not have any concession money, etc.

    we must be the only state that does that to a state run program.

    and four years ago neil said one of the first things he'd do as governor was to give the stadium to the university.

    ...nuff said


  50. ALLAN:

    46. MY TYPO ERROR. HE PASSED AWAY A WHILE AGO. HE PLAYED AT OLD HONOLULU STADIUM ON KING ST. PRETTY STEADY E.P. KICKER, BUT DURING ONE GAME, WHEN UH OFFENSE WAS OVERPOWERING DA ODDA GUYS, AFTER THEY SCORED, SOMEBODY BLOCKED HIS KICK; ONE MINUTE LATER, UH WOUND UP SCORING AGAIN! ANUDDA GUY BLOCKED HIS ATTEMPT AGAIN, GOT UP, AND RAN OFF THE FIELD...SO, WILSON FATAFEHI KICKED ANOTHER OPPONENT WHO WAS STILL LYING ON THE GROUND NEAR HIS FOOT.


  51. old guy:

    ALLAN!!!!

    Us old guys get hard time with all the CAPITAL LETTERS. After awhile all the letters run into each other. Then, after awhile we no even bother reading your stuff because we get all dizzy already.

    Just trying to help you brother.


  52. al:

    ?


  53. maddog50:

    Good to here some buzz about season ticket sales....hope to get at least last years numbers....time to hit the phones and rev up some type of PR.....gonna be a much better season....Go Warriors


  54. Shoko:

    Yet another reason why student-athletes should be paid the full cost of attendance. When a player can't afford to buy crab legs, lobsters and filet mignon something is just not right in college athletics.

    "Tomahawknation.com reported that Winston was given a citation for shoplifting crab legs. The site did not attribute the report. Leon County Sheriff public records clerk Anita Muellei told USA TODAY Sports the "case was still being processed."

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2014/04/30/florida-state-heisman-jameis-winston-shoplifting-crab-legs/8508657/


  55. Shoko:

    Congrats to Packer and Donovan on their scholarships.