“Kealoha gained a great deal because of the new CBA,” Silberman said, noting that Pilares stands to make $200,000 more in base salary over the course of four years than he would have under the old agreement. “I’m excited for him and glad he gets to get started on his pro career. The Panthers are excited about his versatility and playmaking ability.”
Hawaii sophomore quarterback Corey Nielsen is transferring to St. Francis (Pa.).
Corey Nielsen had an impressive career at Gahr High School in California, and came to Hawaii partly because of strong family ties to the islands. He has been at UH two years and redshirted in 2009, and was mired near the bottom of the UH depth chart. His uncle Jon Nielsen said that when Corey wasn’t invited to preseason camp that starts next week it helped the decision to transfer.
Corey will be missed as a valued practice player and for his positive attitude and presence in the community; for example, he often gave of his time to work with youth and high school players. But he will have a much better chance for playing time at FCS (what used to be Division I-AA) St. Francis. He will not have to sit out a year, and has three years remaining to play three seasons.