Preview 2018: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. The Run-And-Shoot Is Back

Preview 2018: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. The Run-And-Shoot Is Back

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Preview 2018: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. The Run-And-Shoot Is Back


What You Need To Know About The Hawaii Offense

– Hawaii’s offense was supposed to be fun again, but instead, it sputtered, coughed, and struggled to score, averaging a mere 403 yards and 23 points per game. That’s not going to happen again.

In comes the true run-and-shoot offense, and while that might sound like fun, it has to actually work. Past Hawaii coaches have tried it in the post-June Jones era, but it hasn’t been able to take hold. It was the attack that made head man Nick Rolovich a star as a quarterback, and now it should at least be back to the program’s heart and soul.

– It would’ve been nice if leading quarterback Dru Brown was back to run the O, but he left for Oklahoma State. It would also be nice to get back leading receiver Dylan Collie, but he bolted for BYU.

However, John Ursua is back after suffering a knee injury midway through last year as the No. 1 receiver to work around. It’s a young, unproven receiving corps, but there are just enough good talents coming in to make the machine go. It might just be a little rocky to get it going.

Cole McDonald has the skills to grow into the attack. The 6-4, 205-pounder had a nice spring, and while the starting quarterback job isn’t his quite yet, he’s the guy to beat. With a good release, excellent speed, and the accuracy to spread the ball around, he has everything to become a statistical star – again, if he gets the job. But …

Biggest Key To The Hawaii Offense

Someone has to block, and someone has to run the ball. The passing attack will do the heavy lifting, and it’ll have to – McDonald is the leading returning rusher, and he only came up with 138 yards.

Just two starters are back up front for a line that struggled a bit in pass protection, but was decent for the ground game paving the way for Diocemy Saint Juste and his 1,510 rushing yards. Now, the offense has to be ready to pivot, and it all starts up front.

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