Plusses and minuses from UH football opener

September 2nd, 2012

Here’s some of what I learned from Hawaii’s 49-10 loss to USC to start the season Saturday.

1. Hawaii is physical.
2. Hawaii could use more team speed.
3. This UH coaching staff and players are going to adjust well during games.
4. The Warriors’ biggest problem will cure itself: its youthful lack of experience.

Biggest key for a successful season?
Stay healthy. And the Warriors were close to perfect in that regard Saturday.

I’m working on the five big plays feature for Monday’s paper. Anyone who wants to make a suggestion can do so.

7 Responses to “Plusses and minuses from UH football opener”

  1. Zach Villanueva:

    The one play that stands out in my opinion is the forced fumble by Kamalani Alo. With Hawaii down 14-0 with the Trojans driving down the field, Kamalani Alo chased down highly touted Penn State transfer Silas Redd and punched the ball out of his grasp from behind. It was then recovered by Hawaiis NeQuan Phillips.

    To me this shows the drive/smarts this Defense has. Even though the opponent is “bigger, stronger, faster”; their was no quit in the D for the pursuit of the football and it showed in this play.

    Overall the defense displayed an outstanding effort, although the score may not represent that, with the offense going 0-6 on third downs did not help the cause. The D came up with numerous stops on third down and even a 4th and 1 stop which was to me another highlight of this game. Of course their is always things to improve but their is also some good to take from this lopsided loss.

  2. Warrior Dave:

    When we stopped them on 4th and 1 was big. It helped in our confidence and is a big building block for the future.

  3. greenthumb:

    How about Harding’s punt that ambled very close to the goal line?

  4. Sickman Fraud:

    Has nothing to do with the outcome of the game, in fact wasn’t even a play but the aftermath of a play. When freshman Phillips went face to face with all American Woods, I thought this might be indicative of the Warriors toughness…mental and physical. Looking forward for an entertaining season.

  5. Bigislandkurt:

    May not hit the 5 plays list, but two plays that intrigued me:

    Harding’s first punt. I think I heard the entire warrior nation utter a collective “not bad,” under their breaths. By the subsequent punts….coming off of right or left leg…..I think we felt that we just might be on to something.

    The second play for me, was unfortunately the first. Or the first USC play for TD. I was like, “It’s gonna be a long day.”


  6. mctruck:

    top ten

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