College Football Preview: The 2015 Hawaii Warriors
Hawaii Warriors Preview
2014 Record: 4-9
Norm Chow will be feeling the heat as the Hawaii Warriors have struggled under his direction.
Overview: Hawaii has long been known for their passing attack which has always made for exciting football. However the Warriors have been known for losing a lot of games in recent years and we have to wonder if Norm Chow will be around much longer without positive results.
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Offense: Ikaika Woolsey doesn’t fit the mold of past Hawaii quarterbacks who threw for 300 yards on a bad day with 2,538 yards with 13 TD’s and 13 picks on 50.5%. Woolsey was the teams best runner with 444 yards and a six yard average but I’m sure the team would prefer better passing to running which is why four star Matt Wittek is getting a long look. Quinton Pedroza (59-674), Marcus Kemp (56-800) are the top threats among the receiving corps but their catch rates were very low. Steven Lakalaka (159-646) and Diocemy Saint Juste (73-372) are both back to lead the rushing attack behind two returning starters on the offensive line.
Defense: The defensive line gets back just two players that saw the field a season ago with Kennedy Tulimasealii being the guy to build around with 9.5 TFL and 2.5 sacks but who will surround him is the question. With Jerol Garcia-Williams back from injury the Warriors will have five linebackers that could start and some depth which will surely come in handy with the questions surrounding the line. The secondary has quite a bit of experience returning with corner Ne’Quan Phillips and safety Trayvon Henderson combining for nine TFL and four sacks with three interceptions.
Special Teams: Scott Harding and Tyler Hadden are gone and a quality punter and place kicker must be replaced. Harding was also a receiver and averaged just under nine yards as a punt returner. Keelan Ewaliko averaged 20 yards on 29 kick returns but UH needs upgrades in special teams overall.
Outlook: It’s going to be tough to upgrade all the positions the Warriors need to upgrade so reaching four wins once again seems like a stretch. I think they finish ahead of UNLV but that’s about the extent of my prediction.