Hawaii Warriors 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
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Hawaii Warriors 2016 Preview
Former quarterback Nick Rolovich begins his first year as head coach of the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors in 2016.
Overview: Norm Chow had zero success resurrecting Hawaii football and the school turned to Nick Rolovich. The Warriors have some talent and we’ll see if Rolovich can turn it in to respectability.
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Offense: Ikaika Woolsley threw for just over 900 yards a year ago but was only a 49% passer so Hawaii will certainly give every quarterback on the roster a look. Whoever gets the snaps for the Rainbow Warriors will have a full compliment of receivers to throw to led by Marcus Kemp, Devan Stubblefield and Dylan Collie although neither had a high catch rate. UH will be led by their rushing attack and in particular, Paul Harris who totaled over 1,100 yards with Diocemy Saint Juste returning after missing 2015. Hawaii benefits from four returning on the O-Line with six back with starting experience.
Defense: Hawaii brings Kevin Lempa as defensive coordinator (BC defensive backs coach in 2015) to run a 4-3.The defensive line returned virtually everyone but DE Kennedy Tulimaselii was dismissed from the team and takes 18.5 TFL with him but the Warriors have enough players back to form depth and a decent rotation. UH lost three of their top four linebackers so Jahlani Tavai move from DE to linebacker is a good thing with Jerrol Garcia-Williams leading the unit. Injuries hurt the Hawaii secondary in 2015 but that should help depth and the experience in 2016 with safety Trayvon Henderson coming back after playing in two games while Nick Nelson leads the corners.
Special Teams: Rigoberto Sanchez will continue to handle all punting, kicking and placekicking while Keelan Ewalko and Nick Nelson lead the Warriors return units.
Outlook: Hawaii plays a game in Australia, then Michigan and then Arizona to open the season which is brutal and stupid in my view. I see possibly a five win season if the team isn’t worn down by year’s end.
9/3 @ Michigan
9/14 @ Arizona
10/8 @ San Jose State
10/22 @ Air Force
10/29 New Mexico
11/5 @ San Diego State
11/12 Boise State
11/19 @ Fresno State