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  08/11/22 - Tariq JonesrFr/2026, Hawaii + More +

  Tariq Jones got his bearings playing for the University of Hawaii football team in 2021, appearing in the team's first two games while preserving his redshirt. Heading into 2022, the redshirt freshman figures to enter the defensive line rotation, vying for playing time along with other edge rushers such as Arkansas transfer Mataio Soli and Jonah Kahahawai-Welch. Jones is one of the faces of a revamped defensive line, a unit many within the program consider one of the team's most improved. "It's just really and truly a blessing," said Jones, a native of New Orleans. "I know everybody back home really just wishes to be out here and I never really thought that I would be out here but I just see this as God's blessing."

Jones' standout career at McDonogh 35 High School in Louisiana included 12 sacks in eight games as a senior, earning Louisiana Top 25 recruit status. "Props to my teammates, it was hard," Jones said of the move to the islands. "I was just 17 years old coming out here, separated from Mom but I think everybody like Jonah Kahahawai-Welch, Penei Pavihi, and really the rest of the team just taking me in and just watching them, it really helped me become who I am right now." Jones, who goes by the nickname "Showtime," hopes to do just that for years to come in Manoa. - Khon2.com


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  If you sleep on Jalen Perdue, the University of Hawaii cornerback might run it back on you as he did after intercepting a pass in Wednesday's spring practice. "It comes down to the focus for him. He's one of, if not the fastest guy on the team," UH cornerbacks coach Abe Elimimian said about the senior. Perdue had one of the two long pick-6s in Wednesday's practice - the other being defensive lineman John Tuitupou's off a tipped pass - and was the second interception the former junior college transfer recorded in consecutive days. "Coach emphasizes us keeping our eyes on our man," Perdue said. "We take everything to the grass and work on it before practice starts, during practice, and after practice. That was just kind of a big play that we work on."

"One thing we've been honing on is being more focused. Being more focused on his alignment, on his assignment, and then his technique," Elimimian said. "What started happening is he's doing those things and now he's making plays on the ball. It's not been easy for him climbing a mountain and he's finally starting to understand how to play the position." Perdue is in his third season at UH after transferring from Antelope Valley College in his hometown of Lancaster, Calif. A wrist injury sidelined him for much of 2020 and in 2021, he played mostly as a backup cornerback before breaking out as a kick returner in the final two games of the season, totaling 148 yards over seven returns. "I've always wanted to showcase my speed and that I could hold the ball and be an offensive player too," Perdue said about fielding kicks in fall camp. "I'm honestly excited to show that side too." - Honolulu Advertiser


rSr/2023 CB Jalen PerdueHawaii
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  Astonishingly, the 2022 Hawaii football team features 53 newcomers, the same amount of players allowed on an NFL regular season roster. The amount of new faces in Manoa is larely due to the mass exodus of players following the 2021 season under former coach Todd Graham, where 17 starters departed either due to graduation or the NCAA transfer portal. Despite losing names such as Chevan Cordeiro, Darius Muasau, Khoury Bethley and Nick Mardner to the NCAA transfer portal, new head coach Timmy Chang and his staff did some transfer portal digging of their own, pulling in a total of 18 FBS and FCS transfers. Additionally, the 'Bows signed seven junior college transfers and one player each from the NCAA Division II (former Colorado School of Mines kicker Scott Marshall) and Division III (former Minnesota Morris defensive back Billy Mitchell III) levels. - Khon2.com

rSr/2023 TE Jordan MurrayHawaii
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  08/02/22 - Mataio SoliSr/2023, Hawaii + More +

  On Thursday, Mataio Soli explained what he and some of the approximate 25 newcomers on defense could bring to the University of Hawaii football team as it looks to replace nine defensive starters from 2021 before its Week 0 game against Vanderbilt on Aug. 27. "All of us bring our own different uniqueness to the team," Soli said. "As long as we stay together like we have been all summer and right now, fall camp as you can see, I think we're going to have some good results this fall." Soli, a 6-foot-4 defensive lineman from Douglasville, Ga., and a transfer from Arkansas, is one of 18 players on the team's fall camp roster who transferred from FBS schools.

UH linebacker Penei Pavihi - a former teammate of Soli's from youth league football in American Samoa - was Soli's host on his recruiting visit. The program's Island Day spring game also contributed to his decision to commit to Hawaii. "It was a great experience for me, I seen how (it) brought in everybody," Soli said. "I seen how close the team was. It really brought everything together." "I love this defense. I feel like our defense is going to surprise a lot of people," Soli said. "I like how we're seen as the underdog because a lot of people probably don't expect a lot out of us, but they're going to see this fall." - Honolulu Advertiser


Sr/2023 OLB Mataio SoliHawaii
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  08/01/22 - Joey YellenrJr/2024, Hawaii + More +

  A new era of Hawaii football will officially be ushered in on Aug. 27 when the Rainbow Warriors take on the Commodores at Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex as Timmy Chang makes his head coaching debut. In the 31 days between the start of camp and the start of the season, Chang will make one of his first big decisions at the helm of the program: Picking a starting quarterback. With two-year starter Chevan Cordeiro now at San Jose State, the 'Bows have a void under center and have whittled the competition down to five: Brayden Schager, Cammon Cooper, Armani Edden, Jake Farrell and Joey Yellen.

Yellen, the lone player in the group who didn't participate in spring ball, joined UH in the summer after transferring from Pittsburgh, where he spent the 2021 season as a backup with first-round NFL Draft pick Kenny Pickett. "It's exciting. It's certainly different from some of the camps I've gone through in my past years but it's exciting," Yellen said. "I think we've got a good thing going in the right direction, just gotta keep putting some good days together and get ready for Vanderbilt." Despite the late start, Yellen remains squarely in the race, taking multiple reps with the first-team offense on Wednesday. "I'm confident. If you asked any quarterback here, they should say that, right? If you're not, what are you doing? You gotta be confident, you gotta feel like you're the right guy for the job, and I think everyone should feel that way," Yellen said. "I think there's always gonna be room for improvement on the first day, but I thought we have a lot of young guys around, I'm new, it was just a lot of new things for everybody. I think that kind of showed at some parts but I thought it was a good first day. I think we're headed in the right direction." - Khon2.com


rJr/2024 QB Joey YellenHawaii
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  The University of Hawaii football team kicked off fall practice ahead of its 2022 season on Wednesday. Wednesday marked exactly one month before the Rainbow Warriors' season opener at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex. The Rainbow Warriors lost the vast majority of their 2021 production due to the NCAA transfer portal and discontent with former head coach Todd Graham. Wednesday was also the first fall practice for Timmy Chang as the team's new head coach. Among the many position battles, none seem more intriguing than the quarterback competition, where the team is looking to fill the void left by the departure of two-year starter Chevan Cordeiro to San Jose State. - Khon2.com

rSr/2023 TE Jordan MurrayHawaii
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  2022 PRESEASON LOU GROZA AWARD WATCH LIST: Matthew Shipley - Hawaii, Class: Junior - Hometown: Liberty Hill, Texas,...A 2021 Groza semifinalist, Shipley's 85.7% accuracy rate last season was the seventh-best among returning kickers who attempted at least 20 field goals. He kicked multiple field goals in 6 games, including what would be the game-winner over ranked Fresno State 27-24 and accounting for a season-high 14 points in a 50-45 win over Colorado State. - Lou Groza Award

Jr/2024 K Matthew ShipleyHawaii
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  No members of Hawaii's football team were selected to the Mountain West preseason All-Conference team on Thursday. The only member of the preseason All-Mountain West team with Hawaii ties was San Diego State offensive lineman and Punahou alumnus Alama Uluave. Additionally, San Diego State defensive lineman Jonah Tavai is the brother of former Rainbow Warriors Jahlani and Justus Tavai. "We've been motivated, we've been had a chip on our shoulder. What's new?" - After being picked last in preseason poll, @HawaiiFootball shut out of preseason Mountain West All-Conference team. - Khon2.com

rSr/2023 TE Jordan MurrayHawaii
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  University of Hawaii offensive lineman Micah Vanterpool did not have time for the pain. That sharpness near his abdomen? It probably was a stomach ache. Vanterpool bit his mouthpiece and played in last year's road game against UNLV. But four days later, the pain intensified, and he notified the Rainbow Warriors' trainer. Vanterpool was told he was at risk for a ruptured appendix and needed immediate medical attention. "We get to the hospital, and I'm kind of having an attitude," Vanterpool recalled. "I'm like, 'man, that's not my appendix.' They were making me drink this nasty drink that was like chalk. I'm really mad. I'm like, 'it better be my appendix if I'm sitting here doing all (these tests).' I remember the doctor running in through the door saying, 'oh, my goodness, we're about to prep you for emergency surgery.' I was like, 'I can't do this later? I've got a game this week. Can we work this out?' They said, 'no, we've got to do this now.'" Three incisions were made near his navel - one for a micro camera, the other two to remove the appendix. "It was all crazy," Vanterpool said. The operation was successful, but Vanterpool was not cleared to play in the final two games of the 2021 regular season.

Vanterpool was at full health this spring, where he competed as the No. 1 right tackle. At 6 feet 6 and 315 pounds, he weighs 75 pounds more than when he was a member of the scout team in 2017. In 2020, he started four games as an injury replacement for left tackle Ilm Manning. Last year, he started 11 games at left guard. The Warriors are reviewing several combinations, including one with Vanterpool starting at right guard. "I'll play anywhere," said Vanterpool, who represented the Warriors at Thursday's Mountain West media day for football. - Honolulu Advertiser


rSr/2023 OG Micah VanterpoolHawaii
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  With a new head coach and 73 percent of its statistical production gone from a season ago, the University of Hawaii football team was predicted to finish last in the West division according of the Mountain West Conference preseason media poll released on Wednesday. The poll was revealed at the start of the MWC media days, which is held at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The predicted order of finish had Fresno State leading the West, followed by San Diego State, San Jose State, Nevada, UNLV and the Rainbow Warriors. All the latest sports news from Hawaii's sports station Hawaii's last-place position marks as the first time UH was placed at the bottom of the preseason media poll since 2016, back when Nick Rolovich was preparing for his first year as UH head coach. The 'Bows ended up placing second in the West with a 4-4 conference record and finished 7-7 overall. - Khon2.com

rSr/2023 ILB Penei PavihiHawaii
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  07/19/22 - Joey YellenrJr/2024, Hawaii + More +

  In eight days, the University of Hawaii football team will open training camp with an open competition at quarterback. Head coach Timmy Chang and offensive coordinator Ian Shoemaker will wait until at least two weeks of practices before setting a depth chart at the signal-calling position. The Rainbow Warriors are seeking a replacement for Chevan Cordeiro, a two-time captain who transferred to San Jose State after the 2021 season. The Warriors listed six quarterbacks on their tentative training camp roster: Brayden Schager, Cammon Cooper, Joey Yellen, Jake Farrell, Connor Apo and Armani Edden. Chad Owens Jr., whose father was a standout UH slotback who enjoyed a lengthy pro career, appears to be moving to receiver.

As a true freshman in 2021, Schager was 2-1 as a starter in place of an injured Cordeiro. He directed the first series in the spring game in April. Cooper transferred from Washington State in January. Yellen joined the Warriors this summer after transferring from Pittsburgh, where he was the top understudy to Kenny Pickett, a 2022 NFL first-round pick. "Joey and Cam have a chance to compete (for the starter's job)," Chang said of the extended evaluation period. "We've got to give them that shot." - Honolulu Advertiser


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  07/18/22 - Ilm ManningrSr/2023, Hawaii + More +

  The Mountain West announced its new football schedule rotation for the 2023, 2024, and 2025 seasons. Last month, the conference announced the elimination of the two-division format. The new three-year rotation ensures the Rainbow Warriors will play the 11 other Mountain West teams at least twice during that span including San Diego State and UNLV, whom UH will meet all three years.

The new format was created based on work of a subcommittee of MW athletics directors. It guarantees each team will play two guaranteed opponents annually and face six other conference teams. During the cycle, each team will face nine of the 11 opponents at least twice, once at home and once on the road, and two opponents in each of the three years. The top two teams with the highest conference winning percentage will compete in the MW Football Championship Game on Dec. 2, 2023. The upcoming 2022 season will be the final year of the two-division format, which was created in 2013. - Khon2.com


rSr/2023 OG Ilm ManningHawaii
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  The XFL, with new ownership involving Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, took its show to the islands on Saturday. McKinley High School was the site of the 2022 XFL Hawaii showcase, one of six showcases the league is holding across the country this summer. Over 100 players competed in the showcase, including many with Hawaii ties. Former University of Hawaii defensive backs Daniel Masilfilo, Ikem Okeke, Quentin Fraizer were present, as well as former UH linebackers Solomon Matautia and Benetton Fonua, defensive lineman Pita Tonga, quarterbacks Bryant Moniz and Cole McDonald, and receiver Cedric Byrd.

Other notable Hawaii ties at the showcase included but were not limited to former Kamehameha and Oregon linebacker Kaulana Apelu, Kahuku alum Tigi Hill, former Kaimuki and Washington defensive lineman Sama Paama and former Kapolei and Vanderbilt offensive lineman Toleafoa Mcmoore. XFL scouts and coaches were in attendance, including Seattle Dragons offensive coordinator June Jones. Every station at the showcase included cameras for XFL personnel to review afterwards. As for the players who put their talents on display, the next step would be the XFL Draft, which takes place in November. The 2023 XFL season is set to begin on Feb. 18, 2023, the Saturday after the Super Bowl. - Khon2.com


rSr/2022 SS Quentin FrazierHawaii
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  Six years after being offered a scholarship, defensive back Malik Hausman is joining the University of Hawaii football team this summer. "It's been a long wait for me," said Hausman, who is making the move as a graduate transfer from the University of Arizona. While Hausman is expected to compete at cornerback and nickelback this coming season, the Rainbow Warriors also have secured three pledges for next year's recruiting class.

Quarterback John-Keawe Sagapolutele of Punahou School, wideout Mason Muaau of Saint Louis School and offensive lineman Josiah Timoteo of Waianae have accepted 2023 scholarship offers. In 2016, UH assistant coach Abraham Elimimian recruited Hausman, who was a junior at Las Vegas' Bishop Gorman High at the time. Hausman eventually committed to Arizona. After the 2021 season, during which he played in nine games, Hausman entered the NCAA transfer portal. Ikem Okeke, a former linebacker at UH and Bishop Gorman, encouraged Elimimian to reconnect with Hausman. - Honolulu Advertiser


rSr/2023 CB Malik HausmanHawaii
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  05/28/22 - Joey YellenrJr/2024, Hawaii + More +

  The University of Hawaii football team is scheduled to appear four times on national television this season. The Week Zero season opener on Aug. 27 between UH and Vanderbilt will be shown on the CBS Sports Network. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the Ching Complex. CBS Sports Network also will air the Rainbow Warriors' Oct. 8 road game against San Diego State at the new Snapdragon Stadium. That telecast will begin at 4:30 p.m. Fox Sports Network will show the Warriors' road game against Fresno State on Nov. 5. No kickoff time has been announced.

The Warriors' Sept. 10 game against Michigan at the Big House will be televised on the Big Ten Network. That game will start at 2 p.m. FloSports, which owns the video streaming rights to New Mexico State's football games, is expected to pick up the Sept. 24 meeting in Las Cruces, N.M. That leaves seven UH games available to Spectrum Sports, which produces the pay-per-view telecasts. - Honolulu Advertiser


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