Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Review 2010

2010 Record: 10-4 (7-1), Tied 1st WAC
2010 Bowl Game: Hawaii Bowl, Lost to Tulsa 62-35
2010 Schedule/Results
USC, L 49-36
@ Army, W 31-28
@ Colorado, L 31-13
Charleston Southern, W 66-7
Louisiana Tech, W 41-21
@ Fresno State, W 49-27
Nevada, W 27-21
@ Utah State, W 45-7
Idaho, W 45-10
@ Boise State, L 42-7
San Jose State, W 41-7
@ New Mexico State, W 59-24
UNLV, W 59-21
Tulsa, L 62-35

496.8 yards per game
Leading Passer: Bryant Moniz, 5040 yards, 39 TDs, 15 INTs
Leading Rusher: Alex Green, 1199 yards, 18 TDs
Leading Receivers: Greg Salas, 119-1889-14; Kealoha Pilares, 88-1306-15; Royce Pollard, 64-901-7 TDs

The Warriors played offense worthy of video game stats in 2010. Moniz was better than anyone thought possible, and in breaking the 5000 yard mark, he becomes one in just a handful in the history of the game to pull it off. He had stellar targets in the combo of Pilares and Salas, both seniors who will be missed in 2011. Their numbers were eye popping on their own, but together they were a force unseen in recent times. If you never got a chance to watch this offense in 2010, then you missed a show and a half. The two combined for over 3000 yards receiving and 29 TDs. Royce Pollard, the 3rd receiver, would have led the conference in receiving in many other leagues. He will return in 2011 as Moniz's top target, and seems to be more than up for the challenge.
Lost in the shuffle of the amazing passing game was the quiet production of Alex Green, who busted the 1000 yard mark in the midst of the circus aerial act. He used the pass happy offense to his advantage, as teams dropped into covereag, and he was unstoppable heading into the endzone, something that he did an astonishing 18 times in 2010. The Warriors will have to replace the right side of the line in 2011, as Guard Adrian Thomas and Tackle Laupepa Letuli both move on, and they will also have to replace the top 4 backups. Depth was not an issue in 2010, as there was plenty of senior leadership, but the depth will be negligible in 2011.

Tackles Leader: Corey Parades, 151
TFL Leader: Kamalu Umu, 15.5
Sacks Leader: Paipai Falemalu and Aaron Brown, 5
INT Leader: Mana Silva, 8
Passes Defended Leader: Jeremy Bryant, 8

The Warriors held teams to 21 points or under 7 times in 2010, which is quite good. However the Warriors also 212 points in a total of 5 games where the defense virtually disappeared. That was why Hawaii could not hold up to Boise State, and as far as records were concerned, Nevada. This is not to say that Hawaii lacked playmakers, because they had plenty on the field, and there were very few players in the country that were more active than LB Corey Parades. Parades was amongst the national elite with 151 tackles on the season, and nobody approached his productivity in the WAC.
Kamalu Umu was a beast in the backfield, as he found himself behind the line often. The line at large played well in 2010, but there is senior leadership amongst the best that will be missed. That also goes for Mana Silva, one of the national leaders in picks with 8. Silva is also a senior, and will leave a large void, as will Jeremy Boyd. At least Parades should be back for more in 2011.

FG: Scott Enos, 17/21
Punting: Alex Dunnachie, 42.96
Punt Returns: Ryan Henry, 5.33 per return
Kick Returns: Dustin Blount, 24.68 per return

The kicking game was in strong hands with Enos and Dunnachie, but Enos will not return in 2011. A new leg will need to be sorted out in spring to see who can match Enos and who can keep Hawaii ticking in close games.
Dunnachie had a huge season as a sophomore. He will be back in 2011 to try to improve on his already very nice average.
Henry was nothing special returning punts, and will have to be replaced anyway, as he was a senior in 2010.
Blount was solid in the return game, and as a WR, may be asked to handle more double duty next season. Don't be surprised if he is also asked to be the primary punt return man, but Greg McMackin is not one to wear out his athletes.


Nobody knew what to expect from the Rainbows in 2010. Therefore, the season was a huge success in the eyes of many. UH was able to pull a major win against Nevada, and that propelled the Warriors to a tie for the WAC title. Hawaii will be leaving the WAC in 2012 to join the Mountain West, but looking a what they have to replace, asking for a WAC title heading out the door may be a tall order. That being said, don't count out Hawaii, as you never know what you are going to get.

9/3 Colorado, 9/10 @ Washington, 9/17 @ UNLV, 9/24 UC-Davis, 11/26 Tulane,  12/3 BYU

No comments:

Post a Comment