Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

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Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

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Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players


Hawaii Rainbow Warriors: Keys To The Season, Top Game, Top Transfer, Fun Stats

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors: Key To The 2022 Offense

Just let it rip.

Start with not turning the ball over in bunches. Last year’s O gave it up 29 with only three games without multiple giveaways. This year, that’s the cost of doing business.

Under the new coaching staff, the whole idea is to get the timing down, spread everything out, and shoot more than run as the passing game starts to throw it around and then do it some more. Hawaii needs its offense to be a differentiating factor again, and that’s not going to happen right away.

The downfield plays have been there over the last few years, now the consistent high-powered production has to follow.

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors: Key To The 2022 Defense

Stop someone from cranking up the deep plays.

Teams only completed 57% of their passes on the Hawaii secondary, but they went for a whole bunch of yards. Seven teams threw for 280 yards or more, Colorado State slung it for 527, a few others got to 400 – or flirted with it – and the defense couldn’t seem to get off the field.

In all, Hawaii allowed 290 passing yards per game, and that even factors in the losses to San Diego State and UCLA when those two spent all game running.

With all the changes in the secondary personnel, things might be worse before they get better.

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors: Key Player To The 2022 Season

CB Hugh Nelson, Sr. 
The starting quarterback – whoever that ends up being – is the key player to the 2022 Hawaii season, but that will work out and should end up being just fine. The secondary that was among the least effective in the nation – and is starting from scratch – needs even more attention.

Nelson is a 6-2, 205-pound former Georgia transfer who made 19 tackles with two picks and six broken up passes last year and now is one of the few holdovers in the secondary. He needs to be the rock with all the uncertainty in the defensive backfield.

With that said …

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors: Key Transfer

QB Joey Yellen, Jr.
Or Cammon Cooper, the former Washington State Cougar who knows how to handle an offense like this.

Brayden Schager might have the inside line on the starting gig after seeing time last year as the No. 2 man, but Cooper is being given every shot to take over Timmy Chang’s passing attack. So is Yellen, a former Arizona State Sun Devil and Pitt Panther who threw five touchdown passes at the two schools. He’s got the talent to be exactly what Hawaii needs.

Hawaii Key Game To The 2022 Season

UNLV, Nov. 19
2022 is going to be about how far the program has come as opposed to what it’s able to do right away. There’s so much turnover on defense and there’s such a big change happening throughout the program that it’s going to take a little while.

Timmy Chang is just getting going as a head coach, but he’ll be given a whole lot of time to turn this around. The final home game of the year against UNLV – at worst – will be the measuring stick. Or, it might be the game needed to come up with the win needed to go bowling.

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors: 2021 Fun Stats

– 3rd down conversions: Opponents 46% – Hawaii 36%
– Time of possession: Opponents 32:29 – Hawaii 27:31
– Penalties: Opponents 81 for 797 yards – Hawaii 68 for 586 yards

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