Hawaii Warriors Football Season Preview History
2011 Hawaii Football Preview:
Hawaii surprised a lot of both faithful followers and doubters last year, finishing with a 10-4 record and landing in a tie for the best record in the Western Athletic Conference. With a lot of key pieces of their team returning, the Warriors should experience the same level of success this time around, and may even win the conference before joining the Mountain West Conference in 2012.
Though the offense lost a number of players, they returned perhaps the most important piece from last season: quarterback Bryant Moniz, who threw for more than 5,000 yards and 39 touchdowns in 2010. However, Moniz will have to find some new targets now that his leading receivers have all graduated, but with the acquisition of some junior college transfers, there's no reason why the Warrior offense can't once again rank in the top-10 in the country.
The defense has a number of returning starters, but it will turn to relative newcomers Kenny Estes and Tank Hopkins, both of whom have will see playing time at defensive back. As for the defensive line, Vaughn Meatoga and Kaniela Tuipulotu will be expected to lead the way up the middle.
2010 Hawaii Football Preview:
It has been three years since Hawaii cruised through the regular season undefeated and into the Sugar Bowl. A lot has changed for the Warriors since their best season in school history - they lost record setting quarterback Colt Brennan to graduation and coach June Jones to Southern Methodist University - and they have been unable to come close to matching the success of 2007.
The 2009 season saw Hawaii finish a mediocre 6-7 and miss out on a bowl game for the first time since 2005. Improving on last year will depend largely on the production they get out of their quarterback. Junior Shane Austin appears to be the chosen starter, and it will be especially interesting to see how he performs behind an offensive line that has new starters in four different places.
The play of wide receiver Rodney Bradley will be important as well. Bradley was injured midway through the season last year, but in only five games he had almost 600 yards receiving and five touchdowns.
The Warriors will not have much time to ease into the schedule, as they host perrenial Pac-10 powerhouse USC the first weekend. Coach Greg McMackin has gone a tepid 13-14 since replacing Jones, and this season could be a make-or-break year for him.
2009 Hawaii Football Preview:
Head Coach: Greg McMackin
The Hawaii Warriors are going to still be transitioning in 2009 from former Head Coach June Jones to current Head Coach Greg McMackin. In Hawaii's first year under McMackin the Warriors finished 7-7, playing against a tough slate of WAC opponents. For Hawaii to return to BCS bowl levels, the Warriors will have to get their offense clicking again and play solid defense.
2008 Hawaii Football Preview:
Head Coach: Greg McMackin
Equipped with new uniforms and a new attitude, the Hawaii Warriors are storming into the 2008 season. Fir the first time in history, the Warriors are ranked in the pre-season polls - ranked #23 in the AP Poll and #24 in the Coaches Poll. Last sesaon, the Warriors were the only undefeated FBS team for the regular season in the nation. This year, under the leadership of Greg McMackin, the Warriors are ready to do it all over again. However, they will have to deal with some key losses - namely, the former QB Colt Brennan and his entourage of receivers: Ryan Grice-Mullen, Davone Bess, Jason Rivers and C.J. Hawthorne.
The Warriors will be playing a tough schedule this season, from the very first kickoff onward. This season will be the test of McMackin's ability to make decisive changes that unify this Warrior team. Also, the Warriors will play a school record six road games, meaning that the boys will have to maintain composure away from home. Make sure to grab some tickets to the action, since this Hawaii team will be playing plenty of games in the continental United States this season.