Preview 2019: Hawaii. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

Preview 2019: Hawaii. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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Preview 2019: Hawaii. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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3. TOP HAWAII PLAYERS

Best Hawaii Offensive Player

QB Cole McDonald, Jr. 
Or put in Chevan Cordeiro – whichever one ends up starting and holding down the job. The 6-4, 220-pound McDonald came out red hot with two straight 400-yard games followed up by two straight 300-yarders, but he was too inconsistent and too inaccurate over the second half of the season.

Cordeiro saved the day against UNLV with three touchdown passes on five throws, and he was the main man in the win over Wyoming. McDonald is a better passer and should solidify his spot in fall camp, but … it’s still going to be a fight.

2. WR Cedric Byrd, Sr.
3. QB Chevan Cordeiro, Soph.
4. WR JoJo Ward, Sr.
5. OG Solo Vaipulu, Soph.

Best Hawaii Defensive Player

LB Solomon Matautia, Sr.
He might not be Jahlani Tavai, but he’s the team’s new linebacking star. He followed up an 84-tackle, three-interception sophomore season with a team-high 92 stops with a sack and four broken up passes.

At 6-1 and 230 pounds he’s got the size to bring the thump, and he can move. Good enough to make plays against the pass, and with the upside to get into the backfield from time to time, he should be one of the Mountain West’s top statistical stars.

2. CB Rojesterman Farris, Sr.
3. DE KK Padello, Sr.
4. S Ikem Okeke, Sr.
5. LB Penei Pavihi, Jr.

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