College Football Preview: The 2014 Hawaii Warriors
Hawaii needs to turn close losses in to wins to improve in 2014.
2014 College Football Preview
The Hawaii Warriors look to rebound in the win column in 2014.
Overview: Hawaii finished last season with a 1-11 mark but five of those defeats came by just a single score leaving many to believe this team wasn't as bad as their record. However with just four wins in two years maybe they are but with many players back from the 2013 squad that 'wasn't as bad as their record' we will see if that's really the case.
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Offense: Who will replace Sean Schroeder under center? Schroeder put up decent numbers with nearly 3,000 passing yards at 62% for 28 TD's and 14 INT's. Former four star recruit Taylor Graham has the accolades but completed just 46% of his throws in the first three games of 2013 and was done. The main competition for the starting job appears to be Ikaika Woolsey with Graham slowed further by shoulder surgery heading in to the spring. Scott Harding (56-631) and Vasquez Haynes (29-354) are the top receivers back with nobody else recording more then 13 catches. The top three runners in the pass happy Warriors attack also return with Joey Iosefa (126-590) and Steven Lakalaka (113-468) giving UH a semblance of a rushing game that will ply their wares behind an O-Line that returns five of six.
Defense: The Hawaii defense will change to the 3-4 which probably help ease the loss of three of the top six on the D-Line with Beau Yap easily the star of this group with 12 TFL and 5.5 sacks.The Warriors return five of the top seven at linebacker but the two they lost were the creme of the crop. Brenden Daley and Art Laurel combined for 27 TFL and seven sacks and that production won't be duplicated by the current roster although former Utah State defensive assistant Kevin Clune brings in quite a bit of success from a very good Aggies defense. The secondary is strong at the corners but loses both starting safeties who were pivitol in pass defense and spent quite a bit of time in the backfield.
Special Teams: Punter Scott Harding logged a solid 42 yard average put placekicker Tyler Hadden's 7-13 mark on FG speaks for itself. Diocemy Saint Juste was a solid KR and the coverage units were above average.
Outlook: We will see if the close defeats turn in to wins (at least some of them) but remember this team only has four wins in two years so I have to take a wait and see approach in 2014.