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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2. KEYS TO THE SEASON

Biggest Key To The Hawaii Offense

This thing needs time to work. The run-and-shoot is supposed to get the ball out of the quarterbacks’ hands in a hurry, and the Rainbow Warrior passers can do that. However, the offensive line has to do its part to give Cole McDonald and Chevan Cordeiro even more time to allow the downfield passing game roll after allowing 46 sacks.

On the plus side, the underclassmen who got the call at tackle last season should be stronger with the experience, and with all five starters back, the line has to cut the sack allowed total in half.

Biggest Key To The Hawaii Defense

The run defense has to show up. Overall, the experience has to translate into production for a D that couldn’t come up with enough third down stops, getting hit for 40 points or more over a rough mid-season run of five games in six, with the run D the main culprit.

It wasn’t just only a problem against the Army and Navy ground attacks early on; the D got ripped apart for 200 rushing yards or more six straight games to close out the regular season, allowing 20 TDs over that span. Which is why …

Key Player To A Successful Season

NT Blessman Ta’ala, Soph.
The line has the smallish speed and quickness on the outside to get into the backfield, and now it needs the 6-1, 300-pound Ta’ala to gum up the works. He got thrown to the wolves as a freshman, and he did okay making 32 tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss. Now he needs to be an anchor.

Key Game To The Hawaii Season

Oregon State, Sept. 7
With a week off after starting out the season against Arizona, the Rainbow Warriors get to go against an Oregon State program that got in trouble for pitching Hawaii players. This is a winnable home game against a Power Five program before having to go to Washington the following week. There are a whole lot of tough battles overall to get to seven wins in the 13 games, and this needs to be one of them.
Hawaii Schedule Breakdown & Analysis

2018 Hawaii Fun Stats

– Field Goals: Hawaii 15-of-18 – Opponents 13-of-24
– Sacks: Opponents 46 for 266 yards – Hawaii 30 for 185 yards
– Onside Kicks: Opponents 1-3 – Hawaii 0-5

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