5 UH Football Players to Watch

It’s no secret: Winning games takes players. Here are five Rainbow  Warriors–returnees and newcomers–who can help the football program get back on track.

Taylor Graham

Projected starting quarterback Taylor Graham certainly has the pedigree for success: His father, Kent, was an NFL QB for ten seasons. The younger Graham, a transfer from powerhouse Ohio State, is a classic dropback passer who has all the physical tools to excel in Hawaii’s pro set offense. The concern: Does he have more rust than Aloha Stadium? Graham hasn’t taken a competitive snap in four years.



John Waa

UH’s offense line has been bolstered by several promising newcomers, including 6-foot-4-inch, 285-pound John Waa, an incoming freshman who previously anchored the Kahuku Red Raiders’ imposing ground attack. Whether he plays right away or is eased into action, expect him to open some eyes this season.




Marrell Jackson

After coming off the bench for the first five games last season, safety Marrell Jackson started the final seven games and finished as the team’s co-leaders in tackles. It was an impressive debut for a true freshman. The 6-foot, 180-pound Jackson should carry that momentum over into 2013, and expect him to be a leader in Hawaii’s young but talented secondary.




Kennedy Tulimasealii

Hawaii welcomes a terrific recruiting class in 2013, and defensive tackle Kennedy Tulimasealii is one of the prize gems. A three-time First Team All-State selection by the paper, the 6-foot-3-inch, 285-pound product of Waianae is a relentless pursuer who chose Hawaii over Oregon, UCLA, Arizona and Washington. He should make an immediate impact on the defensive line.




Ammon Barker

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Returning wide receivers Billy Ray Stutzmann and Scott Harding are solid, but they may have to make some room for talented freshman Ammon Barker. The 6-foot-4-inch, 200-pound All-State product from Sandy, Utah, has the size, hands and athleticism to add some needed spark to the UH offense.