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

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What You Need To Know About The Hawaii Defense

– The defense that was one of the worst in the country is undergoing another big change. It was an aggressive group, but it couldn’t stop anyone from throwing the ball and finished the year allowing 34 points and 459 total yards per game.

Enter Corey Batoon from Florida Atlantic to take over the defensive coordinator job, and now it’s his job to do more with the secondary and figure out how to get off the field.

– Any improvement on the defense works around Jalani Tavai, one of the nation’s best all-around linebackers and the heart and soul of the team. With Solomon Matautia on the strongside, Hawaii has a few players in place to turn the D around quickly. It just doesn’t have them up front.

– Losing DT Viane Moala as a grad transfer to Utah hurts. He would’ve been a star to work around, but Samiuela Akoteu is back, slimmed down a bit, and good enough to be the anchor on the nose. The pass rush has to come somewhere from the ends – and the new ones have to step up. Tavai and the linebackers can’t do all the work to get behind the line.

Biggest Key To The Hawaii Defense

The secondary has to show up. The Rainbow Warrior defensive backs didn’t make enough plays, coming up with just nine picks and got hit for almost 3,000 yards on the year and nine yards per throw.

The corners – Rojesterman Farris and Eugene Ford – are good enough to hit and should be stronger now that they have a year of experience, but they have to make big stops, especially on third downs. Hawaii can’t be so easy to bomb on again.

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