The graduates are Kamalani Alo, Abraham Cavaco-Amoy, Craig Cofer, Guster Cunningham, George Daily Lyles, Brenden Daley, Cecil Doe, Clark Evans, Chris Gant, Joshua Gist, Hunter Hollowed, Jack Damuni, Jake Ingram, Art Laurel, Chauncy Makainai, Saui Matagiese, Sean Schroder (masters degree), Billy-Ray Stutzmann and Tavita Woodard.
Each of the graduates received an H-logo stole courtesy of the UH Letterwinners Club and participated in a pre-graduation breakfast along with their families at the Nagatani Academic Center.
Graduation is a top priority of Coach Chow and the Rainbow Warrior football program. Na Koa raises funds for the Warrior football summer school program and the Warrior Bridge Program. The Warrior Bridge Program provides the opportunity for incoming freshmen and transfer students to take classes prior to the start of the fall semester, familiarize themselves with the campus and the workout/practice routine, and ensure they are eligible to play when the season starts.
Pictures from Saturday’s Warriors victory over Army.
“I know it is disappointing and frustrating for everyone and your support is needed, not for the coaches, but for those young men.” No one is more disappointed or frustrated than them.
Although Hawaii is favored in their final game against Army, this holiday shortened week does not make preparing to face the nation’s top rushing team any easier. Chow also reported that Army will have two weeks off before the game giving them time to dissect every defensive play we employed against Navy.
Army’s defense is also very good with Head Coach Rich Ellerson utilizing a lot of the flex defense concepts Hawaii and Arizona used under Coach Dick Tomey. Unexpectedly, Army has been more successful defending against the pass than the run.
This week’s schedule will see a scrimmage for the younger players in preparation for next year. There will be a short practice on Thanksgiving Day, then the local players will head home for Thanksgiving. Mainland players are invited to the local homes and Chow has opened up his daughter’s home to players as well. Then again, even he understands “who wants to be with the Head Coach?”
The defensive line is not healthy and is employing a lot of different players. That is one reason why Wyoming’s quarterback Brett Smith had a lot of success, but Chow also marveled at Smith’s elusiveness and ability to prolong plays.
Asked whether Hawaii will recruit running quarterbacks like Smith, Chow replied that is the current trend. Some of the QBs on the team have that ability as do potential recruits.
However, Chow also pointed out that NFL teams started utilizing running quarterbacks as well, but those players are not doing as well at this point of the season because NFL teams “have figured out the running quarterbacks.”
The one defensive aspect that shone was punting which resulted in the recovery of two “fumbled” punts (making three in the last two games). Chow said Special Teams Coach Chris Demarest is a great coach who does NOT coach Scott Harding. We just let Scott do whatever he does.
On offense, Chow credits Jordan Wyn with helping QB Sean Schroeder to make tremendous strides since the start of the season. Much like at BYU, Chow’s offense still makes good use of the tight end as Clark Evans is ranked as the number one receiving tight end in the Mountain West Conference.
Chow mused on the players waiting in the wings and declared next spring practice will be very competitive. Recruiting is going well with about a dozen verbals already.
Written by Gareth Sakakida