Former KHNL sports director returns to airwaves as UH Warriors football analyst

Russell Yamanoha
Russell Yamanoha

By Jason Tang - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - He's the former sports director at KHNL News 8 and this Saturday, Russell Yamanoha will make his return to our airwaves as the new color analyst for University of Hawaii football games.

As color analyst for Warrior football games, Russ will analyze plays as they happen.

This weekend he returns to the booth as the Warriors open up their home season with Weber State.

So we took it upon ourselves to give him a bit of a warmup and asked him to breakdown UH's home season opener.

"You watched the game in Florida, what kind of things did you see there that they really need to work on?"

"Actually out of that Florida game, I don't think there's too much that they need to work on, I mean Florida was just way faster," said Yamanoha. "I think the one thing they need to work on is settling the quarterback, Inoke Funaki gets the start this weekend, but there's still a four headed monster out there."

On Saturday the Warriors welcome in the Wildcats, and if history teaches us anything, the Warriors need to be prepared.

"In the last few years, Hawaii has not had the best track records against one double A competition. This is a team that comes to town, 10 guys from Hawaii on that roster, so this one of those that Hawaii players cannot look past Weber State."

And neither can the fans.

"Weber State is going to have some fans, Hawaii is going to have some fans, I think both sides need to show up and come up big because Hawaii is coming off two, counting the Sugar Bowl a couple blow out losses and they need all the positives they can get against Weber State."

Russ believes the Warriors will get those positives too.

"My predicition, I said it on the radio this morning, 35-10 Hawaii. I'm giving them a touchdown and a field goal on the Weber side and I think Hawaii is good for five touchdowns."

Russ will analyze the game alongside play by play veteran Jim Leahey.

You can see Saturday's game live on Pay Per View, or you can wait for the rebroadcast on our sister station K5 The Home Team at 10 a.m.