Ah, Hawaii, you fair and delightsome school. Even though your ‘scoreybook’ past has been in a slump lately, you get your Prodigal Son back, and former BYU Offensive Genius, er, Coordinator, Norm Chow. Chow begins his head coaching career back in a familiar place, at least league-wise, in the Mountain West Conference. Hawaii fans have an appreciation for Chow and hope he can return these Warriors back to prominence on the national level.
Offense – It will take some work though year one. Still trying to replace the latest in a series of good QB’s at HawaiiU in Bryant Moniz, Junior David Graves gets the nod to implement Chow’s system. He hasn’t been on the level yet of previous QB’s here, but he is mostly unproven. And he also has an extra weapon on his side. Veteran WR’s Billy Ray Stuzmann and Jeremiah Ostrowski, not to mention the bevy of secondary WR’s should help Graves find somebody open during much of each game. With so much talent it’s hard to overlook two returning running backs for the Rainbows. Although Joey Iosefa and Sterling Jackson weren’t a part of much offense last year, their experience, combined with the possibility of new wrinkles through Chow’s system, could give these guys some added dimension to the air attack.
Defense – First year Defensive Coordinator Thom Kaumeyer comes from the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and will need every bit of his experience to piece together a defense as good as last years. Key graduations to linebackers Corey Paredes and Aaron Brown leaves Kaumeyer the dubious chore of replacing a combined 210 tackles from last season. Hawaii’s defense hasn’t been called upon to win games, but they’re hoping for the defense to keep them in games this season as they start out year 1 in the retooled MWC.