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“I know it is disappointing and frustrating for everyone and your support is needed, not for the coaches, but for those young men.” No one is more disappointed or frustrated than them.
Although Hawaii is favored in their final game against Army, this holiday shortened week does not make preparing to face the nation’s top rushing team any easier. Chow also reported that Army will have two weeks off before the game giving them time to dissect every defensive play we employed against Navy.
Army’s defense is also very good with Head Coach Rich Ellerson utilizing a lot of the flex defense concepts Hawaii and Arizona used under Coach Dick Tomey. Unexpectedly, Army has been more successful defending against the pass than the run.
This week’s schedule will see a scrimmage for the younger players in preparation for next year. There will be a short practice on Thanksgiving Day, then the local players will head home for Thanksgiving. Mainland players are invited to the local homes and Chow has opened up his daughter’s home to players as well. Then again, even he understands “who wants to be with the Head Coach?”
The defensive line is not healthy and is employing a lot of different players. That is one reason why Wyoming’s quarterback Brett Smith had a lot of success, but Chow also marveled at Smith’s elusiveness and ability to prolong plays.
Asked whether Hawaii will recruit running quarterbacks like Smith, Chow replied that is the current trend. Some of the QBs on the team have that ability as do potential recruits.
However, Chow also pointed out that NFL teams started utilizing running quarterbacks as well, but those players are not doing as well at this point of the season because NFL teams “have figured out the running quarterbacks.”
The one defensive aspect that shone was punting which resulted in the recovery of two “fumbled” punts (making three in the last two games). Chow said Special Teams Coach Chris Demarest is a great coach who does NOT coach Scott Harding. We just let Scott do whatever he does.
On offense, Chow credits Jordan Wyn with helping QB Sean Schroeder to make tremendous strides since the start of the season. Much like at BYU, Chow’s offense still makes good use of the tight end as Clark Evans is ranked as the number one receiving tight end in the Mountain West Conference.
Chow mused on the players waiting in the wings and declared next spring practice will be very competitive. Recruiting is going well with about a dozen verbals already.
Written by Gareth Sakakida
Running backs also had a big night catching the ball as Iosefa caught an eight yard middle screen for a touchdown. He had two receptions for 18 yards. Marcus Langkilde hauled in five passes for 35 yards, and Steven Lakalaka added another for 13 yards.
During the week Wiesehan told Langkilde he might be the game’s leading receiver based on certain plays they were designing. With 5 receptions, Langkilde ended up tied for the most receptions and the third most reception yards.
With Iosefa doing yeoman’s work the past two games and Lakalaka and Langkilde rotating back in the line up, Diocemy St. Juste seems to be odd man out. Wiesehan said that is on him for not finding the times and place to use St. Juste. Wiesehan vowed that would change because St. Juste is such a great change of pace from Iosefa.
Wiesehan continued to marvel at Iosefa’s versatility beaming with “he can run, he can punt, he can throw; he is a great wildcat quarterback.” When asked if Iosefa can also kick field goals, he emphatically replied yes.
He switched to Scott Harding, pointing out how difficult it is for return teams to handle our punts. “Harding can kick right footed or left footed, and he finds ways to use up time before kicking.”
On film, Harding was timed holding the ball (he did not scramble in this one) for two seconds because the return team did not put up much of a rush. That delay helps the punt coverage to close in on the receiver. Harding punted 10 times for 382 yards, placing the ball on the one and the five. He even had on that touched a return player, who had no idea where the ball was, and was recovered by Hawaii.
Wiesehan looks forward to next year when Penitito Faalologo a 5′ 11″ 250 pound Freshman defensive lineman will be tried as a fullback. Faalologo is a classmate of Iosefa’s from Fagaitua High School in Pago Pago, American Samoa.
Asked about the uncharacteristic bad snaps from center Ben Clarke, Wiesehan reported that Clarke has a Grade 2 MCL knee sprain. That makes it more difficult to place weight on his knee while snapping the ball.
Wiesehan closed with experiences at Under Armour headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland. He said the people in the building were agog at the Rainbow Warriors performing the Haka on the floor. “They had never seen anything like it.”
Written by Gareth Sakakida
Stop by the Nā Koa table in front of the Ohana Room, 2nd Floor, California Hotel. We’ll be there on Thursday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and again on Friday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.
Buy raffle tickets, play our dice game, and be eligible to win some great prizes, including the Grand Prize: Vegas trip for two (air/hotel package)!! Prizes will be given out during our Friday night Rainbow Warrior Bash; details below.
Net proceeds will go to Na Koa to support the Rainbow Warrior football program.
RAINBOW WARRIOR BASH
Friday, October 11, 2013
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
California Hotel & Casino, Ohana Room
FREE TO ALL UH FANS!
No-host food and drinks
Special guest performance by amazing vocalist and entertainer Lani Misalucha
Special appearance by Head Coach, Norm Chow
Visit with former Rainbow Warriors