Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players, Key Game, Fun Stats
– What Will Happen & Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Hawaii Previews 2017 | 2016 | 2015
What took you so long?
The program that would throw the ball around the yard 600 times a season like it was no big thing still kept winging it, but not in quite the same way.
Oh sure, there were some big seasons for the passing game over the last severn seasons, but they’ve been nothing like what the program became known for under June Jones.
Defense was always optional, and the running game was occasionally a rumor, but Hawaii football turned into the fun late night snack after a long college football Saturday. Just when you thought you didn’t have enough fun, there for you in the wee hours of the morning were 512 passing yards coming your way.
And now, after a whole slew of changes to the coaching staff, the loss of several key parts transferring out, and with almost nothing settled on either side of the ball except for linebacker, head coach Nick Rolovich is making the move to what Hawaii football is supposed to be about.
It’s not like the run-and-shoot offensive attack every totally left, but it morphed into more of an up-tempo, diverse style that relied as much on balance at times as it did the big passing game.
But a 2,814-yard 2017 passing season with 19 touchdowns? That used to be a good quarter for Timmy Chang.
Hawaii football needs that identity again. After being all but irrelevant since the dissolution of WAC football and the move to the Mountain West, this is when Rolovich will try to bring back the fun like when he was the head man.
No Hawaii football team should score just 273 points in a season and score more than 23 once in the final ten games.
The pieces might not be there to blow up offensively, but there are enough good quarterbacking options to play around with, the receivers are built to handle this attack, and the blocking schemes don’t require bulk talent as much as quickness and consistency.
It’s not going to be Colt Brennan time again, but the O will be better.
The defense needs to stop someone who can throw the ball from doing that on a regular basis, but there aren’t a lot of high-powered air shows on the schedule.
The linebacking corps is great, the corners should be stronger, and there’s a little bit of potential at tackle. As long as the offense is doing its job, the defense can just hold serve.
It’s a bold move by Rolovich to give this a try to see if the glory days can come back. If it doesn’t work, at least the fans are getting what they want. And if it does, get ready to have a whole lot of late night fun again.