Preview 2017: Hawaii Is Fun Again
Thanks to head coach Nick Rolovich, Hawaii football is on the verge of being a factor – and even more fun.
Hawaii football needed a jolt. It’s not just that the program struggled or couldn’t win, it’s that it was boring.
It’s the odd football program that has an amazing home field advantage, a great pedigree of high-octane offenses, and a few big moments on the national stage, but it seemed sort of lost.
There weren’t any bowl appearances from 2011 to 2015 thanks to an offense that couldn’t score and a defense that was a disaster.
The 2010 team that won ten games and went bowling scored 30 points or more 11 times. The following five teams hit the mark just 15 times total.
And that’s what Nick Rolovich is for.
The former Rainbow Warrior quarterback wasn’t just supped to bring back the offense and win games, he was supposed to be the Hawaii guy the program needed. Sometimes that works, and sometimes it’s a bit of a desperate shot.
So far, so good.
It was a strange first year, but after all the problems, going 7-7 with a bowl win was a massive step back to prominence. Okay, so the consistency wasn’t there – with a strange power outage at the wrong time during the back half of the slate – but having up 98 points in the final two games showed off a glimmer of what might be coming next.
QB Dru Brown leads a dangerous offense with eight starters back. It should be more reliable this time around, and the potential is there for more explosion – at least that’s the hope.
The defense will still be a work in progress. There are all-star caliber playmakers at some spots – most notably, LB Jahlani Tavai – but the Rainbow Warriors will still have to win games in wild shootouts.
And that’s fine – as long as their winning.
Big numbers, big plays, big moments. Keep doing that, get back to a bowl, and be fun along the way, and Rolovich will have Hawaii – sorry for this – rolling again.