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  09/05/21 - Chevan CordeirorJr/2023, Hawaii, 6-0, 190 (DS#50 QB) + More +

  Chevan Cordeiro passed for three touchdowns, Dedrick Parson ran for two scores and Hawaii beat Portland State 49-35 on Saturday night in the first-ever football game played on school campus. The 9,000-seat retro-fitted Clarence T.C. Ching Complex will be the program's home until the New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District is completed. It was Hawaii's first home game outside of Aloha Stadium since Dec. 7, 1974 when the Rainbow Warriors hosted Arizona State at Honolulu Stadium, which had served as the team's home field from 1926-74.

Cordeiro threw touchdown passes to Nick Mardner and Jared Smart, Calvin scored on a wild winding 38-yard run - on which he crossed over into Hawaii territory before racing down the left sideline into the end zone - and Parson ran for a 17-yard TD as the Rainbow Warriors scored touchdowns on their first four possessions to take a 28-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Parson added a 2-yard TD run in the third quarter and Dae Dae Hunter, who finished with 128 yards rushing, scored on a 59-yard run in the fourth for Hawaii (1-1). Davis Alexander threw for 400 yards and three touchdowns for Portland State (0-1), but much of that came after the Rainbow Warriors had the game well in hand. Cordeiro finished 18-of-25 passing with one interception and had 66 yards rushing. - Hawaii/AP College Football


(DS#50 QB) rJr/2023 QB Chevan CordeiroHawaii
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  08/21/21 - Chima AzunnarSr/2022, Hawaii, 6-0, 200 (DS#74 FS) + More +

  The University of Hawaii football coaches reviewed video, talked to Iowa State coaches, and reviewed more video. If this were a Yelp evaluation, safety Chima Azunna was deserving of a 5-star rating for tackling. In February, Azunna signed a scholarship agreement with UH to solidify his transfer from Iowa State. He is one of 19 Rainbow Warriors who previously played at an NCAA Division I school. Eight Division I transfers are part of the 2021 recruiting class. "Really, what put us onto (Azunna) was his ability to tackle," said Trent Figg, associate head coach of the defense, who works primarily with the safeties. "He's a great tackler in the open field. He did a great job at Iowa State. He's a physical player."

In nine games in 2020, the Warriors relinquished 18 pass plays of 25-plus yards, and 44 of at least 15 yards. Opponents averaged 12.5 yards per third-down completion. The Warriors also were burned for 21 rushes of 20-plus yards. They ceded an average of 5.0 yards on first-down runs. "We have to tackle in the secondary," Figg said. "When you look at all the big-play runs, all big-play touchdowns, it all comes down to somebody in the secondary probably missed a tackle. A defensive lineman mis-fitted? Who cares? A linebacker mis-fitted? Who cares? We've got to tackle. A huge emphasis for us has been tackling in the back end so we can eliminate the big-play touchdown runs." - Honolulu Advertiser


(DS#74 FS) rSr/2022 FS Chima AzunnaHawaii
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  08/20/21 - Brayden SchagerFr/2025, Hawaii, 6-3, 215 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  The training camp grind for the University of Hawaii football team is at a machine like form as the morning workouts have had the intensity dialed up as depth chart competitions heat up less than three weeks away from kickoff at UCLA. As for the quarterback position, fourth year sophomore Chevan Cordeiro enters 2021 as the unquestioned signal caller, having already posted 41-hundred yards of total offense with 38 touchdowns in 25 career games. With added size and a second year of familiarity to the playbook under head coach Todd Graham, expectations are high for the Saint Louis graduate. Clarity on the competition for the number two position at QB cleared up this week, with true freshman Brayden Schager taking those snaps prior to the departure of Boone Abbot who announced his intention to transfer on Tuesday.

According to offensive coordinator Bo Graham, the 2021 graduate of Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas has earned the trust of the offense in the ultra important role of being next in line. "Yeah, Brayden has stepped up as the number-2 guy. Really big arm. I think he's a really smart player. He's a guy that can process information quickly. I think that is a big part of what we do and couldn't be more proud of his development. In the last couple weeks we've challenged him and he's really stepped up," said Graham. As a senior in high school, Schager led Highland Park to an undefeated regular season and district title, en-route to being named the District 7-5A Most Valuable Player after completing 62 percent of his attempts for 3,102 yards and 24 touchdowns to go with nine rushing scores. - Khon2.com


(DS#999 QB) Fr/2025 QB Brayden SchagerHawaii
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  08/13/21 - Dae Dae HunterSo/2024, Hawaii, 5-09, 200 (DS#55 RB) + More +

  Rarely does a true freshman get bestowed with an honor to make program history, but that's exactly what University of Hawaii running back Dae Dae Hunter was able to do in 2020. The 2020 season was the first time players were allowed to wear the jersey number '0' in college football. At UH, the distinction went to Hunter, making him the first-ever Rainbow Warrior to do so. All the latest sports news from Hawaii's sports station "Coming into college, I was just trying to play and touch the field and I was able to get No. 0 and just be the first one to do it, I got a single digit as a freshman," Hunter said. "I was happy and just smiling about it and it looks good so it just makes me happy, I'm glad to have it. Great blessing."

UH beat out other schools such as Nevada, Wyoming, UNLV and Eastern Michigan for Hunter's services back when he was a senior at Chandler High School in Arizona. Although he signed in December 2019 thinking he was going to play for Nick Rolovich, Hunter stuck with his commitment and instead saw immediate playing time for Todd Graham in his first year at the helm in Manoa. As a backup running back, Hunter scored four total touchdowns for the 'Bows in 2020 - two rushing and two receiving - after carrying the ball 46 times for 183 yards with 12 receptions for 71 yards. In 2021, he's expected to be the team's top full-time running back due to Calvin Turner splitting time between running back and slot receiver. - Khon2.com


(DS#55 RB) So/2024 RB Dae Dae HunterHawaii
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  08/04/21 - Eugene FordrSr/2022, Hawaii, 6-1, 210 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Nine months after suffering a season ending knee injury, University of Hawaii defensive back Eugene Ford is back on patrol in the secondary for the Rainbow Warriors. Ford, who went down with a torn ACL in his his right knee against Wyoming in week two of the 2020 season had two interceptions in Hawaii's season opening victory at Fresno State. The California native who was voted by teammates as a captain in 2020 powered through the rehabilitation process and has been working with the first group on defense through the first three practices of the training camp. According to Ford he's been counting down the days. "I was fired up. I was fired up in meetings. I had my cleats on, all ready. Everybody in their slides, I was ready to go, touch the field. I wasn't trying to wait on anything. I was ready to strap my helmet on and get to going," said Ford.

When Ford went down with the injury last season, head coach Todd Graham commented on how Ford being off the field affected more than the X's and O's, but his competitiveness and the respect he demands from teammates was an even greater loss. However, through the rehabilitation process which is currently just nine months removed from surgery, Ford's determination is once again on full display. "He has worked hard. He's probably, in (my) 32 years he has had a top three or four rehab. Chris Chamberlain came back and played in five months and he played like six of seven years in the NFL. Eugene really worked his butt off," said Graham." "That's what football is about, it's like life. That's what happens to you in life. I'm really proud of him and his recovery and man, I think he's ready to go and looks great. He has got to get back to his football speed of things and all that but he's a big part of what we're doing." - KHON2.com


(DS#999 SS) rSr/2022 SS Eugene FordHawaii
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  08/01/21 - Calvin Turner Jr.rSr/2022, Hawaii, 5-11, 195 (DS#74 RB) + More +

  Nobody would have blamed Calvin Turner for opting for the NFL after an electric senior season for the University of Hawaii football team in 2020. In his debut season for the Rainbow Warriors, the grad transfer from Jacksonville University racked up 1,201 touchdowns and 11 touchdowns in nine games as a running back, slot receiver, kick returner and wildcat quarterback. After generating pro buzz, Turner ultimately decided to come back for the 2021 season after the NCAA gave all players an extra year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After turning heads in 2020, Turner enters the 2021 campaign clearly on the radar of opposing teams. His accolades heading into the season include a selection on the All-Mountain West Conference preseason first team as a punt returner. On Thursday, he was also named to the Paul Hornung Award watch list, which is annually given to the most versatile player in college football.

The 2020 season was the debut season in Manoa for both Turner and head coach Todd Graham. Heading into Year 2, Graham sees Turner as a tone-setter both on the field and as a leader off of it. "He has really developed as a leader and serving and elevating the people around him. That's why I like this team," Graham told KHON2 sports director Rob DeMello. "I think the guys have bought in to serving each other and there's no superstar mentality. He's a guy that works hard and he demonstrates his leadership by work ethic. "I think Calvin is as dynamic as a player that I've ever coached. He has that opportunity to do that, so now the next step is go out and do it on the field." - KHON2.com


(DS#74 RB) rSr/2022 RB Calvin Turner Jr.Hawaii
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  07/30/21 - Darius MuasauJr/2023, Hawaii, 6-1, 230 (DS#33 OLB) + More +

  The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) released its 2021 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List with University of Hawai'i linebacker Darius Muasau earning a spot. The sophomore is one of 90 candidates for national defensive player of the year honors. It's the second watch list that Muasau has landed on this preseason. He was previously named to the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, also given to the college's top defensive player. Muasau led the FBS in 2020 with 68 solo tackles and ranked fifth nationally in tackles per game (11.8). The sophomore from 'Ewa Beach, O'ahu finished an abbreviated 2020 season with 104 overall tackles, while also leading the team in tackles-for-loss (9.5), sacks (4.5), and quarterback hurries (7). - Herald Bulletin

(DS#33 OLB) Jr/2023 OLB Darius MuasauHawaii
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  07/28/21 - Cortez DavisrSr/2022, Hawaii, 5-10, 180 (DS#85 CB) + More +

  University of Hawai'i senior cornerback Cortez Davis is among the preseason candidates for the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award, which annually recognizes college football's outstanding defensive back and is presented by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame (OSHOF) and Jim Thorpe Association. Davis is included on an elite list of 40 defensive backs who made the preseason watch list. Other Mountain West players on the list include Kahuku's Kekaula Kaniho (Boise State), Jerrick Reed II (New Mexico), and Berdale Robins (Nevada). Davis is the third Rainbow Warrior so far to appear on a national award watch list, joining teammates Darius Muasau (Bednarik) and Calvin Turner Jr. (Doak Walker).

The native of Decatur, Ga., enters his third season with the Rainbow Warriors after earning all-conference accolades in each of his first two years. He has started 21 of 23 career games at UH, playing the vital role of the team's shutdown corner. In two seasons, he has registered 15 pass-breakups and returned his lone interception for a touchdown in a road win at UNLV. Last week he was named to the preseason all-Mountain West first team. - KHON2.Com


(DS#85 CB) rSr/2022 CB Cortez DavisHawaii
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  07/25/21 - Calvin Turner Jr.rSr/2022, Hawaii, 5-11, 195 (DS#74 RB) + More +

  Three members from the University of Hawaii Football team were selected to the 2021 Mountain West Conference preseason all-conference team as Calvin Turner Jr., Darius Muasau, and Cortez Davis were honored on day two of the MWC's Media Days in Las Vegas, Nevada. Turner, a senior all-purpose performer was tabbed as the preseason pick for punt returner. The Georgia native is the returning career leader in FBS in all-purpose yardage. He led the Mountain West and ranked 26thnationally with 11 total touchdowns and led the team receiving touchdowns (6), receiving yards (546), kickoff return yards (324), and all-purpose yards (1,201). The Savannah, Ga., native was the New Mexico Bowl Most Outstanding Offensive Player after accounting for 252 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns - including a 75-yard touchdown catch and 92-yard kickoff return. - KHON2.Com

(DS#74 RB) rSr/2022 RB Calvin Turner Jr.Hawaii
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  07/23/21 - Jared SmartrSr/2022, Hawaii, 6-0, 190 (DS#115 WR) + More +

  The University of Hawaii at Manoa has signed an athletic apparel deal with Adidas. In the 2021-2022 athletic season, Adidas will outfit the UH football team, as well as both basketball and volleyball teams. All other sports will continue to use current inventory. Beginning in the 2022-2023 season, UH's pact with Adidas will be department-wide. The first glimpse of Hawaii's new look was made available at 2021 Mountain West Conference football media days in Las Vegas. - KHON2.com

(DS#115 WR) rSr/2022 WR Jared SmartHawaii
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  07/17/21 - Chevan CordeirorJr/2023, Hawaii, 6-0, 190 (DS#50 QB) + More +

  University of Hawaii quarterback Chevan Cordeiro is believed to be the first college athlete in the state of Hawaii to enter into an endorsement partnership with a local company. The Saint Louis graduate was introduced as a spokesperson for Central Pacific Bank on Thursday on the heels of the NCAA announcing a uniform interim policy suspending name, image, and likeness (NIL) rules for all incoming and current student-athletes in all sports. "I'm thankful to Central Pacific Bank for giving me this opportunity," said Cordeiro. "This is an exciting development for me and for college athletes in general. I look forward to learning more about how to balance the demands of being a student-athlete and what it takes to be successful in business." Terms of the deal between CPB and Cordeiro were not disclosed. - Khon2.com

(DS#50 QB) rJr/2023 QB Chevan CordeiroHawaii
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  07/06/21 - Jeremiah PritchardrSr/2022, Hawaii, 6-0, 225 (DS#999 ILB) + More +

  University of Hawaii football senior linebacker Jeremiah Pritchard is hospitalized after suffering injuries in a car accident in June. Sources close to the situation tell KHON2 Sports that the redshirt senior is considered out indefinitely ahead of the 2021 season with training camp scheduled to start at the end of the month. The injuries that Pritchard suffered which include the lower body are not life threatening. Due to privacy laws, the UH Athletics Department could not comment on the situation at this time. Pritchard, who is a five year starter for the Rainbow Warriors ended the 2020 season with a career-high nine tackles, 3.0 TFLs and 2.0 sacks in UH's New Mexico Bowl win over Houston. In 43 career games the former Farrington product who is originally from American Samoa and finished his prep career in Nevada has totaled 142 tackles. - KHon2.com

(DS#999 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Jeremiah PritchardHawaii
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  05/04/21 - Calvin Turner Jr.rSr/2022, Hawaii, 5-11, 195 (DS#74 RB) + More +

  With no players with Hawaii ties getting selected in the NFL Draft for the first time since 2018, UH running back Calvin Turner is primed to make sure it doesn't happen again in 2022. Turner was eligible for the 2021 NFL Draft but decided to remain in school for his second senior season, with a goal of raising his draft stock higher this fall. Following Hawaii's spring game on Friday in which Turner was the team's top offensive performer with 147 yards from scrimmage, both the star running back and 'Bows head coach Todd Graham agreed that a spring practice to install new concepts has benefitted his repertoire greatly. "It gave us a time to get more comfortable with each other and know what everyone can do," Turner said of spring ball. "Last year we were literally thrown into the fire, we didn't know what players could do. I felt like it helped a lot, having these practices and building that team camaraderie and being together and just having that time together."

Turner, who was a quarterback at Jacksonville University for three years, has lined up at running back, receiver, wildcat quarterback, and kick and punt returner during his time with the Rainbow Warriors. "Calvin is special, he's a special playmaker," Graham said. "He can be as special a player as I've ever coached...He's deceptively fast. It's hard to put exactly what his skillset is. He is the best combination of a receiver/running back hybrid that I've ever been around. He is very, very explosive. We're very fortunate to have him. There's not a player in our league that I think that's more explosive and I believe he's one of the most explosive players in the country. - Honolulu Advertiser


(DS#74 RB) rSr/2022 RB Calvin Turner Jr.Hawaii
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  05/04/21 - Rico BusseyrSr/2021, Hawaii, 6-0, 186 (DS#53 WR) + More +

  Former University of Hawaii wide receiver Rico Bussey has signed an undrafted free deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bussey played just one season for the Rainbow Warriors as a graduate transfer from North Texas in 2020, catching 31 passes for 274 yards and a touchdown as he started all eight of UH's regular season games. Bussey's best college season came in 2018, back when he caught 68 passes for 1,012 yards and 12 touchdowns for UNT. In 2021, no players with Hawaii ties were selected in the NFL Draft for the first time since 2018. - Honolulu Advertiser

(DS#53 WR) rSr/2021 WR Rico BusseyHawaii
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  03/24/21 - Darius MuasauJr/2023, Hawaii, 6-1, 230 (DS#33 OLB) + More +

  The University of Hawaii football team will return to the field on Thursday as the Rainbow Warriors plan to hold spring practice for five weeks. The Rainbow Warriors will conduct the first of 15 practices over five weeks that is anticipated to run through April 23. As of now, all practices are closed to both media and spectators according to a UH Athletics Department spokesperson. In 2020 under first-year head coach Todd Graham, the Rainbow Warriors went 5-4 and ended the season with a 28-14 New Mexico Bowl victory over Houston in Frisco, Texas. The 2021 season will open with a nonconference matchup at UCLA on Aug. 28. - khon2.com

(DS#33 OLB) Jr/2023 OLB Darius MuasauHawaii
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