2008 Hawaii Warriors Season

Posted Feb 8, 2009

2008 Hawaii Warriors Season, Game Recaps, Scores and Reviews

2008 Hawaii Warriors

Dec. 24
2008 Hawaii Bowl
Notre Dame 49 ... Hawaii 21

Jimmy Clausen set Notre Dame bowl records for completing percentage, passing yards and touchdown passes as he threw for five scores with three going to Golden Tate from 69, 18, and and 40 yards out on the way to a 42-7 lead midway through the third quarter. Hawaii kept it close early on with a 10-yard Aaron Bain touchdown catch to cut the early lead to 14-7, but Tate and Clausen went to work with two scores to close out the first half including a back-of-the-end-zone grab with one second to play. Bain scored a second time on a 21-yard pass play late in the third, but Armando Allen immediately answered with a 96-yard kickoff return for a score. Allen also caught an 18-yard touchdown pass on the first drive of the third quarter.
Player of the game: Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen completed 22-of-26 passes for 401 yards and five touchdowns..
Stat Leaders: Notre Dame - Passing: Jimmy Clausen, 22-26, 401 yds, 5 TD
Rushing: Robert Hughes, 17-55, 1 TD. Receiving: Golden Tate, 6-177, 3 TD
Hawaii - Passing: Greg Alexander, 23-39, 261 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Kealoha Pilares, 2-19. Receiving: Aaron Bain, 8-109, 2 TD
Inside The Box Score ... Sacks: ND 8 for 55 yards - Hawaii 2 for eight yards. ... Jimmy Clausen completed 18-of-21 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns in the first half ... Hawaii LB Solomon Elimimian led all tacklers with nine stops to go along with a sack. ... The two teams combined to convert 7-of-24 third down chances. ... Average yards per kickoff return: ND 44.3 on three tries, Hawaii 18.7 on seven chances. ... Rushing yards: ND 65, averaging 1.9 yards per try. Hawaii ran for 32 yards, averaging 1.7 yards per try.

- 2008 Hawaii Preview
- 2007 Hawaii Season

2008 Schedule
CFN Prediction: 5-8
2008 Record: 7-

Aug. 30 at Florida L 56-10
Sept. 6 Weber State W 36-17
Sept. 13 at Oregon State L 45-7
Sept. 20 OPEN DATE
Sept. 27 San Jose State L 20-17
Oct. 4 at Fresno St W 32-29 OT
Oct. 11 Louisiana Tech W 28-14
Oct. 17 at Boise State L 27-7
Oct. 25 Nevada W 38-31
Nov. 1 at Utah State L 30-14
Nov. 8 at N Mexico St W 43-20
Nov. 22 Idaho W 49-17
Nov. 29 Washington St W 24-10
Dec. 6 Cincinnati

Hawaii Bowl
Dec. 24 Notre Dame L 49-21

2007 Schedule
CFN Prediction: 12-0
2007 Record: 12

Sept. 1 No Colorado W 63-6
Sept. 8 at La Tech W 45-44 OT
Sept. 15 at UNLV W 49-14
Sept. 22 Char South. W 66-10
Sept. 29 at Idaho W 48-20
Oct. 6 Utah State W 52-37
Oct. 12 at SJSU W 42-35 OT
Oct. 27 N Mexico St W 50-13
Nov. 10 Fresno State W 37-30
Nov. 16 at Nevada W 28-26
Nov. 23 Boise State W 39-27
Dec. 1 Washington W 35-28
Sugar Bowl
Jan. 1 Georgia L 41-10

Nov. 29
Hawaii 24 … Washington State 10
Hawaii had few problems as Greg Alexander connected with Greg Salas for a 19-yard touchdown and Daniel Libre ran for a two-yard score for a 14-0 first quarter lead. The Cougars were able to get within seven on a one-yard Dwight Tardy run, but Alexander found a wide open Michael Washington for a 44-yard score. The Cougars only managed 196 yards of total offense and lost two fumbles, including one off a blocked field goal attempt.
Player of the game: Hawaii QB Greg Alexander completed 19-of-34 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. He also ran for 43 yards on 14 carries.
Stat Leaders: Washington State - Passing: J.T. Levenseller, 6-11, 53 yds
Rushing: Dwight Tardy, 13-53, 1 TD. Receiving: Kevin Norell, 2-33
Hawaii - Passing: Greg Alexander, 19-34, 315 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Greg Alexander, 14-43. Receiving: Greg Salas, 7-131, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Even with RB Kealoha Pilares out with a foot injury, the offense still worked well against Washington State because of the emergence of Greg Alexander as more of a playmaker. He's a decent runner and he was able to come up with the big passing plays to keep the Warriors comfortably ahead. Now that the team is locked into the Hawaii Bowl, and the year after all the turnover is a success, it's time to set the sights on a big win that would define the season. Beating the Big East champion, Cincinnati, would be a huge boost for the program.

Nov. 22
Hawaii 49 … Idaho 17
Greg Alexander threw three touchdown passes and ran for a one-yard score as Hawaii had few problems after getting down 7-0. Idaho got two Nathan Enderle touchdown passes, but he threw three interceptions and finished with just 170 passing yards. The Warriors pulled away with a 21-point midgame run highlighted by a 36-yard Malcolm Lane touchdown catch. Daniel Libre ran for two second half scores.
Player of the game: Hawaii LB Solomon Elimimian made 13 tackles, 10 of them solo, and two tackles for loss
Stat Leaders: Idaho - Passing: Nathan Enderle, 19-31, 164 yds, 2 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Deonte Jackson, 17-49. Receiving: Lee Smith, 6-47
Hawaii - Passing: Greg Alexander, 14-24, 264 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Kealoha Pilares, 5-26 1 TD. Receiving: Malcolm Lane, 4-144, 2 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... With the good performance in the win over Idaho, Hawaii is now in a position to get to a bowl game needing to win just one of its final two games at home. The passing game clicked against the Vandals with Greg Alexander coming up with an efficient game, but it was the defense that was the star. The key will be to come up with a win over Washington State, because beating Cincinnati might be next to impossible unless the Warriors play a spotless game; they're just not that good.  

Nov. 8
Hawaii 42 … New Mexico State 30
Hawaii got two touchdown passes and a touchdown run from Greg Alexander, and a 91-yard interception return for a touchdown from Ryan Mouton, as it managed to pull ahead of NMSU in the second quarter and stay up in the shootout. Chase Holbrook and Chris Williams connected seven times for 221 yards and touchdowns from 84, 23 and 83 yards away, but the Hawaii offense kept staying one step ahead. Daniel Libre ran for two touchdowns for the Warriors.
Player of the game: Hawaii QB Greg Alexander completed 26-of-32 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran 13 times for 37 yards and a score.
Stat Leaders: New Mexico State - Passing: Chase Holbrook, 24-38, 394 yds, 4 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Marquell Colston 5-11. Receiving: Chris Williams, 7-221, 3 TD
Hawaii - Passing: Greg Alexander, 26-32, 288 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Daniel Libre, 13-88, 2 TD. Receiving: Kealoha Pilares, 10-90, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Hawaii might have struggled in the secondary, and there were way too many penalties (11 for 95 yards) against New Mexico State, but Greg Alexander did a great job of keeping the passing game simple and utilizing the running game to keep control of the game. The Warriors held on to the ball for over 35 minutes to overcome the quick strike Aggies. This was the clutch road win the team needed to have with the rest of the games at home. All Hawaii has to do is win two of the final three games against Idaho, Washington State and Cincinnati to go bowling.

Nov. 1
Utah State 30 … Hawaii 14
Diondre Borel hooked up with Nnamdi Gwacham for a 62-yard touchdown in the second quarter and Peter Caldwell hit three field goals as Utah State shocked Hawaii. The Warriors outgained the Aggies 374 yards to 368, but the defense couldn't hold late after a nine-yard Greg Alexander cut the Utah State lead to 20-14 with seven minutes to play. The Aggies got a 21-yard Caldwell field goal and a six-yard Robert Turbin run, while the D stopped the Warriors on the 10-yard line to hold on.
Player of the game: Utah State QB Diondre Borel completed 14-of-19 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns, and ran 14 times for 87 yards.
Stat Leaders: Hawaii - Passing: Greg Alexander, 13-27, 186 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Daniel Libre, 7-59. Receiving: Greg Salas, 6-71
Utah State - Passing: Diondre Borel, 14-19, 223 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Diondre Borel, 14-87. Receiving: Marquis Butler, 3-30
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... It really is amazing how Hawaii is a different team on the road. Utah State played relatively well, but the Warrior defense did a decent job and the offense moved the ball. It didn't matter as the offense couldn't come up with the big plays needed to turn the tide of the game, and a late stall after a great kickoff return just added to the frustration. After a bowl game appeared a lock, the Warriors will have to scramble to beat New Mexico State next week and Idaho to follow to have a shot at the Hawaii Bowl.

Oct. 25
Hawaii 38 … Nevada 31
Greg Alexander came off the bench to throw for 205 yards with two touchdowns including a 24-yarder to Malcolm Lane with 20 seconds to play for the win. Nevada mounted a comeback with Colin Kaepernick connecting with Mark Mitchell for a five-yard touchdown and then tying it with a 34-yard pass to Chris Wellington with 1:31 to play before Alexander led the way on the final drive. Nevada ran for 308 yards highlighted by a 79-yard touchdown dash from Vai Taua, but fumbles were a problem with John Fonoti returning one nine yards for a score in the first quarter and a second turnover leading to the first of two Michael Washington touchdown catches.
Player of the game: Hawaii QB Greg Alexander completed 17-of-22 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran nine times for 21 yards.
Stat Leaders: Nevada - Passing: Colin Kaepernick, 14-28, 173 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Vai Taua, 16-160, 1 TD. Receiving: Marko Mitchell, 6-55, 1 TD
Hawaii - Passing: Greg Alexander, 17-22, 205 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Greg Alexander, 9-21. Receiving: Malcolm Lane, 6-63, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... With Inoke Funaki not doing much of anything to move the offense, Greg Alexander came through with a tremendous fourth quarter to beat Nevada and to get Hawaii into bowl contention. He was so sharp that now he needs to be looked at as the starter going into the Utah State game. The defense had a rough performance with major problems against the run early and the passing game late, but Alexander was able to save the say. Now comes the easy part of the WAC schedule with road games against Utah State and New Mexico State along with a home game against Idaho. The Washington State game looks more winnable now than it did before the season started.

Oct. 17
Boise State 27 ... Hawaii 7
Brandyn Thompson came up with three of Inoke Funaki's five thrown interceptions and Kellen Moore threw three touchdown passes as the Broncos had no problems with the Warriors. Moore threw two scoring passes in the third quarter with a 12-yarder to Drew Hawkins and a 16-yarder to Austin Pettis to put the game away. Hawaii got its touchdown on a three-yard Daniel Libre run late in the second quarter, but it couldn't get the offense moving thanks to the turnovers and five allowed sacks. Boise State outgained Hawaii 367 yards to 288.
Player of the game: Boise State DB
Brandyn Thompson came up with three interceptions
Stat Leaders: Boise State - Passing: Kellen Moore, 25-33, 256 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Jeremy Avery, 9-45. Receiving: Vinny Perretta, 7-82
Hawaii - Passing: Inoke Funaki, 17-34, 188 yds, 5 INT
Rushing: Daniel Libre, 7-27. Receiving: Aaron Bain, 6-47
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... There can't be a slew of mistakes if the Warriors are going to hang around with the better teams like Boise State. Five interceptions and no pass protection ended up killing the chances of hanging around against the Broncos, but the defense did a decent job of stopping the run and was physical throughout. Inoke Funaki is going to be a work in progress. He has talent and a world of upside, but the team will have to get through a few rough patches like this week's game. The schedule eases up, and the Warriors have to take advantage.

Oct. 11
Hawaii 28 … Louisiana Tech 14
Hawaii's defense forced four turnovers and just one Patrick Jackson five-yard touchdown before Louisiana Tech got back on the board in the final seconds on a fumble return for a score. The offense cranked out 401 yards with Inoke Funaki throwing for a career-high 224 yards with a 20-yard pass to Kealoha Pilares for a score and a 25-yard play to Greg Salas for a second quarter touchdown.
Player of the game: Hawaii QB Inoke Funaki completed 14-of-26 passes for 224 yards and two touchdown, and he ran 12 times for 43 yards and a touchdown
Stat Leaders: Louisiana Tech - Passing: Taylor Bennett, 11-29, 152 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Daniel Porter, 15-82. Receiving: Phillip Livas, 6-80
Hawaii - Passing: Inoke Funaki, 14-26, 224 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Kealoha Pilares, 9-54. Receiving: Kealoha Pilares, 5-52, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Hawaii isn't going to bomb away like the Colt Brennan days, but the defense came up with a nice performance in the win over Louisiana Tech while Inoke Funaki is growing into the quarterback job. At 2-1 in the WAC with a trip to Boise State ahead, the team can make a real statement with a win. More likely, the Warriors will have to take care of business at home while coming up with a key road win over New Mexico State. A bowl game is extremely possible, but Funaki has to make the offense more explosive for it to happen.

Oct. 4
Hawaii 32 … Fresno State 29 OT
Dan Kelly had a kick blocked in the remaining minutes of regulation, but he nailed a 33-yard field goal in overtime to give Hawaii the win. Meanwhile, Fresno State's Kevin Goessling got his 36-yard kick blocked as time ran out in regulation and then missed wide left in overtime, got another shot after a running into the kicker penalty, and missed wide right. Fresno State turned the ball over six times to offset 522 yards of total offense, including 318 rushing yards. Hawaii took advantage of the mistakes to get up 19-3 in the first half, helped by a Ryan Mouton kickoff return for a score and a 28-yard touchdown catch from Malcolm Lane, and was up 26-9 before Lonyae Miller ran for an 80-yard score to spark the comeback to force overtime. Hawaii committed ten penalties; Fresno State didn't commit any.
Player of the game: Hawaii LB Solomon Elimimian made 11 tackles and a sack
Stat Leaders: Fresno State - Passing: Tom Brandstater, 12-24, 204 yds, 3 INT
Lonyae Miller, 20-161, 2 TD. Receiving: Bear Pascoe, 4-60
- Passing: Inoke Funaki, 17-25, 170 yds, 2 TD
Inoke Funaki, 14-79. Receiving: Michael Washington, 6-25, 1 TD

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... It wasn't pretty, it wasn't typical Hawaii football, but it was a win on the road over a ranked team. Fresno State helped the cause by turning it over six times, but the Warriors had a lot to do with that. The defense got steamrolled over and was generally lousy, but a win is a win. For the first time all year, the turnover margin fell on Hawaii's side, and it turned out to be the difference. Inoke Funaki wasn't Colt Brennan, but he ran well and he came up with the win. Is this the game that'll propel the team to a big season? No, but the momentum needs to carry over to the Louisiana Tech game next week.

Sept. 27
San Jose State 20 … Hawaii 17
Jared Strubeck hit a 47-yard field goal in the final two minutes to end a run of 13 unanswered points for the San Jose State win. Hawaii got two Kealoha Pilares touchdown runs and a 37-yard Dan Kelly field goal for a 17-7 halftime lead, but the offense turned it over six times and failed to score in the second half. Strubeck also nailed a 50-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, while the Spartan touchdowns came on a 77-yard David Richmond catch in the first and a ten-yard Jeff Clark grab in the third.
Player of the game: San Jose State PK Jared Strubeck hit field goals from 50 yards and 47 yards in the final 9:32 for the win..  
Stat Leaders: San Jose State - Passing: Kyle Reed, 14-28, 152 yds, 2 TD
Brandon Rutley, 10-44. Receiving: David Richmond, 5-83, 1 TD
- Passing: Inoke Funaki, 16-27, 173 yds, 3 INT
Daniel Livre, 12-55,. Receiving: Aaron Bain, 6-94
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Hawaii still needs to come up with a quarterback. Inoke Funaki had his moments, but he threw three interceptions and he failed to get the offense moving in the second half against San Jose State and was replaced by Tyler Graunke, who failed to do much better. The defense did a great job against the Spartans and stuffed the running game, but the offense didn't come through. 11 penalties for 115 yards didn't help. Hawaii has to win its home games, and now it's in huge trouble with a trip to Fresno State up next.

Sept. 13
Oregon State 45 … Hawaii 7
Hawaii scored early on a 16-yard Kealoha Pilares touchdown run, and that was it for the drama. Oregon State scored 45 unanswered points with Lyle Moevao throwing three touchdown passes and Jaquizz Rodgers scoring on two short touchdown runs. James Rodgers caught a 56-yard touchdown pass and Moevao ran for a one-yard score. Hawaii converted just one of 11 third down chances.
Player of the game:
Oregon State QB Lyle Moevao completed 20-of-34 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns, and he ran for a score.
Stat Leaders: Hawaii
- Passing: Tyler Graunke, 12-27, 118 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Kealoha Pilares, 8-36, 1 TD. Receiving: Michael Washington, 7-71
Oregon State - Passing: Lyle Moevao, 20-34, 268 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Jacquizz Rodgers, 26-110, 2 TD. Receiving: Shane Morales, 5-93, 1 TD

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Hawaii has always had problems away from home, and now that the team is in a transition period there will be more problems against teams like Oregon State. Tyler Graunke wasn't exactly setting the world on fire, but he was the best of the quarterback options before hurting his wrist against the Beavers. Inoke Funaki only completed 4-of-8 passes for 36 yards with an interception. Soon, the offense had better get moving or this will be a long, ugly season

Sept. 6
Hawaii 36 … Weber State 17
Tyler Graunke came off the bench to lead Hawaii to three touchdowns as Hawaii scored 29 unanswered points in the second half for the win. The Warriors were down 17-7 in the first half with Weber State getting two short touchdowns from Trevyn Smith, and then Graunke took over with a 42-yard touchdown pass to Malcolm Lane early on in the third and two short scoring passes to Aaron Bain. Kealoha Pilares added a two-yard touchdown run. Weber State finished with just 213 yards of offense and -20 yards rushing, and the two teams combined for 20 penaties for 181 yards.
Player of the game:
 Hawaii QB Tyler Graunke completed 13-of-20 passes for 218 yards and three touchdowns.
Stat Leaders: Hawaii - Passing: Tyler Graunke, 13-20, 218 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Jayson Rego, 9-54  Receiving: Michael Washington, 5-109
Weber State - Passing: Cameron Higgins, 24-40, 233 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Treyvn Smith, 18-46, 1 TD. Receiving: Tim Toone, 9-135
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? … The Warriors might have finally settled on their quarterback. Tyler Graunke had academic issues this off-season, but there wasn't any question that he was good enough to lead the team. He stepped in for an ineffective Inoke Funaki and led the way out of the doldrums against Weber State, while the defense did its part after a rough first half. The pass rush was impressive and the run defense a rock.

Aug. 30
Florida 56 ... Hawaii 10
Florida had few problems disposing of Hawaii forcing six turnovers with Major Wright and Ahmad Black each returning interceptions for touchdowns on the way to a 56-0 lead before the Warriors finally got on the board in the fourth quarter. The Gator ground game pounded out 255 yards with 12 different players getting carries and four separate players scoring. Tim Tebow was his normal, efficient self throwing a 48-yard touchdown pass to Louis Murphy, but he didn't run for a score. Hawaii's passing game only managed 181 yards and didn't get into the end zone until the final two minutes.
Player of the game: Florida RB Brandon James ran three times for 16 yards and a touchdown, caught a pass for ten yards, and averaged 23.8 yards per punt return with a touchdown
Stat Leaders: Hawaii - Passing: Inoke Funaki, 8-11, 110 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Daniel Libre, 4-35. Receiving: Leon Wright-Jackson, 4-39
Florida - Passing: Tim Tebow, 9-14, 137 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Jeffrey Demps, 2-76, 1 TD. Receiving: Louis Murphy, 2-51, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
There's no need to get too hung up about being blown away at Florida; the Gators could end up winning the national title. The problem is that this game created more questions, especially at quarterback. Inoke Funaki got garbage time work and looked great, for the most part, while Greg Alexander got Florida's A game and struggled. The Weber State game will be the better indicator of where the Warriors are at, but considering the problems in the Sugar Bowl, and all the turnover, getting blasted like they were by Florida isn't exactly what the team was hoping for.

2008 Recruiting Class

Star of the Class

Greg Alexander, QB, 6-5, 240, Jr, Santa Rosa College [Calif.]
Completed 63 percent of his passes (284-448) for 3,487 yards, 40 touchdowns and only six interceptions in 2007...had a passer rating of 155.6...ranked second in the state in passing (348.7)...led the NorCal conference in passing and total offense (369.7)... passed for 71 touchdowns in his two-year junior college career, a national record...two-time first team all-NorCal conference selection... completed 40-of-57 for 610 yards and six touchdowns against Feather River...had seven TD passes against Diablo Valley and six against San Joaquin Delta...had nine 300-yard passing games...led team to a conference championship as a freshman in 2006

Potential Instant Impact Players

Geordon Hanohano, DL, 6-2, 270, Fr, Saint Louis School [Hawai'i]
Named first team Division I all-state by Honolulu Advertiser...also selected to the first team all-state by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin...rated one of the best defensive line recruits in the state of Hawai`i...also rated 34th best defensive tackle recruit in the nation...member of two-time state runner-up team...also recruited by Arizona, UNLV, and San Diego State.

Jovonte Taylor, WR, 5-9, 185, Jr, Los Angeles Southwest College [Calif.]
Two-sport athlete...named the California State sprint champion...runs a 4.2, 40-yard dash... ranked eighth in the Western State Conference averaging 117.2 all-purpose yards per game...returned 21 kickoffs for 613 yards and two touchdowns (29.2 avg.), which ranked 11th in the state...had 89-yard and 87-yard kickoff returns for touchdown against San Bernardino Valley...had 33 receptions for 499 yards receiving and three touchdowns...also recruited by Oregon and UNLV.

Rest of the Class

Craig Bell, WR, 6-1, 185, Jr, Cerritos College [Calif.]
Jeramy Bryant, DB, 5-9, 175, Jr, Los Angeles Harbor College [Calif.]
Steven Christian, DB, 6-1, 175, Fr, John F. Kennedy High School [Calif.]
Haku Correa, DL, 6-1, 270, Fr, Damien Memorial School [Hawai'i]
Paipai Falemalu, LB, 6-3, 220, Fr, Kahuku High School [Hawai'i]
Ryan Henry, WR, 5-10, 175, Jr, West Los Angeles College [Calif.]
Jake Heun*, RB, 6-2, 250, Jr, City College of San Francisco [Calif.]
Kainoa LaCount, OL, 6-7, 285, Jr, College of the Canyons [Calif.]
Art Laurel, LB, 6-1, 205, Fr, Leilehua High School [Hawai'i]
Brent Rausch, QB, 6-4, 190, So, College of the Desert [Calif.]
Alema Tachibana, LB, 6-3, 200, Fr, Kahuku High School [Hawai'i]
Mike Tinoco, WR, 6-2, 200, Jr, Saddleback Community College [Calif.]
Tuiatua Tuiasosopo, OL, 6-1, 290, Fr, Saint Louis School [Hawai'i]
Christian Vasconcellos, DB, 6-2, 190, Fr, Damien Memorial School [Hawai'i]
Lewis Walker, DB, 5-11, 170, Fr, Judge Memorial High School [Utah]
* - denotes already enrolled in school

2007 Recap

Once Hawaii gets over the sting of being exposed by Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, it'll look back on 2007 as a truly remarkable season.  The Warriors exited the regular season as the nation's lone unbeaten team, winning season-ending thrillers over Nevada, Boise State, and Washington to bring unprecedented mainland exposure to the program.  For the third straight year, the face of Hawaii football was QB Colt Brennan, who finished third in the Heisman voting, while establishing a new NCAA record for career touchdown passes.

Offensive Player of the Year:
QB Colt Brennan

Defensive Player of the Year: LB Adam Leonard

Biggest Surprise: The defense.  Known only for its high-octane passing attack, Hawaii was also home to a feisty defense in 2007.  The Warriors performed well beyond expectations, ranking No. 2 in the WAC in total and scoring defense, while placing five players on the all-league first team.  

Biggest Disappointment: Hawaii wasn't supposed to beat an elite SEC program in the Sugar Bowl, but a 41-10 dress down validated the opinions of those that felt the school never belonged in a major bowl game.  The Warriors committed a BCS bowl-record six turnovers, squandering a lot of the goodwill they'd compiled during an otherwise outstanding season.       

Looking Ahead: Although life after Brennan won't be easy, you can do a lot worse than senior-to-be Tyler Graunke, a strong-armed veteran of 24 games and 217 passing attempts.  On defense, the Warriors will be tough up front, needing to find replacements for departing defensive backs Myron Newberry, Jacob Patek, and Gerard Lewis.


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