Hawaii Rainbow Warriors College Football Preview 2021: Top Players
Best Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Offensive Player
RB Calvin Turner, Sr.
He’s a running back, but he was third on his team in rushing with 331 yards and four scores. He’s got the ability to handle the work on the ground if needed, but Dae Dae Hunter should be the team’s best back.
Turner’s real upside is as a receiver, leading the way with 546 yards and six touchdowns on 33 catches, topping out with a ten-catch day against Nevada. Dangerous no matter how he gets the ball in his hands, he averaged 27 yards per kickoff return, too, taking one for a score in the bowl win over Houston.
2. QB Chevan Cordeiro, Soph.
3. WR Jared Smart, Sr.
4. RB Dae Dae Hunter, Fr.
5. OG Michael Eletise, Sr.
Best Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Defensive Player
LB Darius Muasau, Soph.
The big tough guy against the run in the middle of the linebacking corps, the 6-1, 230-pound all-star has the range to be a pass rusher – he came up with 4.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss – and is a rock of a tackler with a team-high 104 stops after starting his career with 61.
Steady, he hit the double-digit tackle mark in each of the first foursomes and six times in the nine dates, highlighted by his wrecking of UNLV with 18 tackles, a sack, and 2.5 tackles for loss.
2. S Khoury Bethley, Jr.
3. CB Cortez Davis, Sr.
4. DT Blessman Ta’ala, Jr.
5. S Quentin Frazier, Sr.
Top Incoming Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Transfer
DT Zacchaeus McKinney, Jr.
The Hawaii defensive line was already going to be big and tough, but it’s getting an infusion of 300-pound talent with Pita Tonga from Utah and McKinney coming in from Oklahoma.
The 6-3, 300-pound McKinney wasn’t a super-recruit for the Sooners, but he was expected to be a good part of the rotation inside and he only made one tackle. Now he, Tonga, Justus Tavai and Blessman Ta’aia form a large, intimidating group up front.