By Lance Tominaga, ESPN Honolulu Web Editor.
June Jones (76 victories) and Dick Tomey (63) are the two winningest head coaches in the Division I era of University of Hawaii football. Tomey brought the program to national prominence during his 10-season tenure (1977-86), while Jones elevated Hawaii to new heights in his nine years at the helm (1999-2007), including leading the Rainbow Warriors to the 2008 Sugar Bowl.
I wondered, If you took the best players from the Tomey era and pit them against the top players from the Jones era, which team would win? The JJ roster, of course, would include guys like Colt Brennan, Timmy Chang, Chad Owens and Pisa Tinoisamoa. Tomey’s lineup, meanwhile, would undoubtedly include the Noga brothers, Jesse Sapolu, Gary Allen and Rich Miano.
Below are the rosters that I came up with. (Yes, I’m sure I missed out on some players.) You longtime UH fans, you tell me: Which team would win this dream game?
QUARTERBACKS: Raphel Cherry. Gregg Tipton. Jeff Duva.
RUNNING BACKS: Gary Allen. Heikoti Fakava. David Toloumu. Anthony Edgar. Nu‘u Fa‘aola.
WIDE RECEIVERS: Walter Murray. DeWayne Jett. Mike Akiu. David Dyas. Joe Nobles.
TIGHT ENDS: Ron Hall. Jerry Scanlon. Jim Mills.
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN: Jesse Sapolu. Leo Goeas. Joe Onosai. Amosa Amosa. Bernard Carvalho. Brian Derby. Larry Goeas.
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN: Al Noga. Falaniko Noga. Tom Tuinei. Colin Scotts. Dana Directo. Itai Sataua.
LINEBACKERS: Carl Kenneybrew. Steve Lehor. M.L. Johnson. Anthony Woodson. Andy Moody.
DEFENSIVE BACKS: Blane Gaison. Rich Miano. Dana McLemore. Pat Schmidt. Kent Kafentzis. Mark Kafentzis.
KICKERS: Jim Asmus. Lee Larson.
PUNTERS: Jim Asmus. Greg Cummins.
RETURN SPECIALISTS: Dana McLemore. Marco Johnson. Larry Khan-Smith.
QUARTERBACKS: Colt Brennan. Timmy Chang. Nick Rolovich.
RUNNING BACKS: Nate Ilaoa. James Fenderson. Avion Weaver.
WIDE RECEIVERS: Ashley Lelie. Chad Owens. Jason Rivers. Davone Bess. Ryan Grice-Mullen.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: Vince Mauwai. Samson Satele. Kaulana Noa. Wayne Hunter. Adrian Klemm.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: Isaac Sopoaga. Travis Laboy. Mel Purcell.
LINEBACKERS: Pisa Tinoisamoa. Jeff Ulbrich. Solomon Elimimian. Adam Leonard. Chris Brown.
DEFENSIVE BACKS: Nate Jackson. Abraham Elimimian. Jacob Espiau. Leonard Peters.
KICKERS: Dan Kelly.
PUNTERS: Matt McBriar.
RETURN SPECIALISTS: Chad Owens.