In addition to the weekly previews that we’ll do to showcase the Cougars match up that week we are going to provide you with an “insider” perspective as well. Each week we’ll ask questions of a blogger for BYU’s opponent that week and post their answers as a post for you to read. We’ll give you some background info and link you to their own site so you can read all the good stuff they are doing while supporting their own teams.
Week 5 – Hawai’i Warriors
Blog: Mountain West Connection
Respondent: Brandon Tamas
Academically Ineligible: Talk about Hawaii’s offense and what the expectations are for it against BYU’s stout defense?
Brandon Tamas: The Warriors most effective play is the play action pass so if Hawaii can establish the run early they will use the deep ball. A couple of running backs Joey Iosepa(who is back after having problems with his back and knee) and Will Gregory will do most of the running. Gregory averages 67.3 YPG. QB Sean Schroeder is average with 61-102 comp., 592 yards, 6 TD’s, and 4 INT’s in three games.
AI: Talk about Hawaii’s defense and whether BYU fans should be optimistic that their offense can get back on track this week against the Warrior defense.
BT: The Cougar’s offense should get back on track because Hawaii’s front four is still not intact. Moses Samia was a great starter for the Warriors only to be out for the season after suffering a torn ACL in the Lamar game. The secondary is supposed to be the most talented but may not have the most experience. CB Mike Edwards is the stud in the back field with 14 total tackles. The Warriors only have four sacks in three games so they will have a hard time getting to Nelson.
AI: How have the players and the community embraced Norm Chow as the head coach on the Islands?
BT: The players have bought into Coach Chow’s philosophy to play hard every down till the last whistle. He doesn’t want to see any players going half speed no matter what the score is. A few plays from the Nevada game had some players not going full speed and that might lead to some changes in the starting rotation for both the offense and defense. Everything he says is a “game time decision” even with the reinstated punter for our team Alex Dunnachie who served a four game suspension for a DUI charge over the summer and we really need him if Hawaii cannot move the ball on offense. As far as the Hawaii community, it may seem small to the mainlanders but Hawaii football is king in all sports statewide. No matter whom the coach was, we were going to embrace him with open arms and support him 100%. We don’t expect much this year from him because it will take time for the players to understand and execute the pro-style offense. Once he gets his recruits here we should expect more from Coach Chow.
AI: Who are the one or two players we should watch for this week when your team lines up against the Cougars?
BT: Our main guys are actually on special team and actually they are starters on offense and defense. First Scott Harding is one of our leading receivers but also our punt returner, place kick holder and punter ( but he won’t punt anymore) Also Mike Edwards who is our starting cornerback is also implemented in some of the plays on offense as a running back or wide receiver and also a great punt returner averaging 39 yards a return including a 95 yard return for a touchdown.
AI: What is the one thing that Cougar fans don’t know about the Warriors that would be of interest to them to know?
BT: Hawaii is a young team with only two senior starters (as of today) total and they are both on defense; DL’s Paipai Falemalu and Haku Correa.
AI: What is your prediction for this game and why do you feel this will be the outcome?
BT: Honestly I don’t think it will be close. The Warriors lost badly at home and now have a short week to prepare for a good BYU team on the road. If I had an 8-ball right now it will say “Outlook not so good” I think BYU will cover the spread and win by more than four touchdowns.
Thanks again to Brandon for his work on our blog this week.