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Football coaches have it ingrained since birth that you must run the
ball, you must be physical, and you must win games on defense
and offensive balance. While in a perfect situation you have all the
offensive talent in the world and can do whatever you want, like USC
and Texas did last year, but programs that aren't full of future NFL
superstars, like Texas Tech and Hawaii, have to do what they can to
move the ball.
Coaches have been sold on the spread formation because it's mostly a
running attack, but for consistent yards and points, no one has
beaten what the Red Raiders and Warriors have done over the last
several years. Of course, the two teams run different variations of
a run and shoot, but yards are yards and points are points. Hawaii
threw up 476 yards and close to 31 points per game last year while
averaging over 35 points per game over the last 65 outings; who
cares how they got there?
Head coach: June Jones
8th year: 53-37
Off. 25, Def. 34, ST 2
Lettermen Lost: 16
Best UH Players
1. WR Davone Bess, Soph.
2. QB Colt Brennan, Jr.
3. FS Leonard Peters, Sr.
4. C Samson Satele, Sr.
5. DE Melila Purcell, Sr.
6. WR Ryan Grice-Mullen, Soph.
7. DE Ikaiaka Alama-Francis, Sr.
OT Tala Esera, Sr.
WR Ross Dickerson, Sr.
10. WR Chad Mock, Jr.
at Boise State
at Fresno State
at New Mexico State
at Utah State
San Jose State
2005 Record: 5-7
Preview 2005 predicted wins
USC L 63-17
at Michigan State L 42-14
Boise State L 44-41
La Tech L 46-14
New Mexico St
at San Jose St
Fresno State L 27-13
at Nevada L 38-28
Wisconsin L 41-24
San Diego State
Ask yourself this; if someone told you right now that your team was
going to average close to 500 yards and 35 points per game, you'd
take it in a heartbeat, right? For about 110 teams, of course they
would. That's what Hawaii's attack is going to do this year.
While Hawaii's offense
might be a fantastic system that allows mediocre talents put up big
numbers (witness the collective national yawn when Timmy Chang set the
NCAA career passing record a few years ago), this year's attack has
real, live, NFL potential at the top skill positions which means the
June Jones attack should be its most devastating yet.
Brennan is a big, fast quarterback with a live arm and stunning command
of the offense considering he has only been in the system for a year.
Davone Bess, who wasn't heavily recruited, has NFL written all over him
after his freshman year. Ryan Grice-Mullen, Ross Dickerson, Chad Mock,
and the return of Jason Rivers, round out the best receiving corps the
program has ever enjoyed. In other words, system, meet talent.
course, defense is always going to be an issue with the Warriors, but
defensive coordinator Jerry Glanville has a boatload of speed to play
around with. This isn't going to be a killer group, but it doesn't have
to be to win. The return of star safety Leonard Peters after missing all
of last year hurt, and the hope for Meilia Purcell to be 100% after
playing dinged up last year, should provide a big boost.
you might expect, the offense is great, the defense is iffy, and there
will be plenty of firefights that will make late night Warrior games
appointment television for true college football fans. And yes you
purists, it's OK to accept that throwing the ball 50 times a game is
acceptable. It'll lead to wins this year.
This has never been a road team, so throw any hopes of a
WAC title out the door with away dates at Boise State and Fresno State.
Interestingly enough, the conference season will, for all intents and
purposes, be over by mid-October after playing the Broncos, Bulldogs and
Nevada Wolf Pack in the first three league games. The second half of the
slate gets significantly easier with the distinct possibility of a five
game winning streak before home dates with Purdue and Oregon State.
Offensive Player: Sophomore WR Davone Bess. He might not be huge
at 5-10 and 187 pounds, but he's an elite playmaker with hands,
precise route running ability, and toughness. He's a sure thing
go-to receiver who'll demand double coverage way too often for most
defensive coordinators to be happy about.
Defensive Player: Senior FS Leonard Peters. Back from a knee
injury suffered in the season opener against USC, Peters should be
back to his All-America caliber self at free safety. He made 120
tackles with 77 solo stops in 2004 and should be the sheriff of the
secondary once again.
player to a successful season: Junior CB
A.J. Martinez and several JUCO transfers. The pass defense was iffy
at best last year and will be a huge question mark coming into the
season. Safety shouldn't be an issue, but there are major concerns
at corner where untested A.J. Martinez and JUCO transfers C.J.
Hawthorne, Myron Newberry and Chris Camacho have got to improve the
nation's 93rd ranked pass D.
season will be a success if ... the
Warriors go back to a bowl game. With this much firepower and the
WAC schedule opening up the way it does after a brutal opening three
games, a seven win regular season is a must with an eye on nine.
Oct. 7 vs. Nevada. The Warriors aren't going to
beat Boise State and Fresno State, but a split on the road would be
a dream come true. A home win over Nevada in what should be one of
the season's better shootouts will be a must to stay alive for a top
three finish in the conference race.
- Second half scoring: Opponents 268 - Hawaii 155
- Penalties: Hawaii 101 for 872 yards - Opponents 89 for 874 yards
- Fourth down conversions: Opponents 15 of 22 (68%) - Hawaii 6 of 19
The Last Time Hawaii…
…played in a bowl game…2004 (Hawaii Bowl vs. UAB)
…missed a bowl game…2005
…pitched a shutout…2005 (Idaho)
…was shutout…1998 (SMU)
…scored 50 points…2005 (Utah State)
…won a conference title…1999 (share, WAC)
…had a 3,000-yard passer…2005 (Colt Brennan)
…had a 1,000-yard rusher…1992 (Travis Sims)
…had a 1,000-yard receiver…2005 (Ryan Grice-Mullen and Davone Bess)
…had a first-round draft choice…2002 (WR Ashlie Lelie)