The Warriors went 6-7 last year, missing out on the hometown Hawaii Bowl. That should serve as motivation as they begin preparing for 2010 on April 1.
The Warriors return 14 starters -- five on offense, seven on defense and two specialists.
The biggest concern is on the offensive line, where right tackle Austin Hansen is the only returning starter. The defensive line also is a mess with end Elliott Purcell as the only returning starter.
The passing game, though, should be electric. Junior quarterback Bryant Moniz, who emerged as an emergency starter last year, can use spring ball to sharpen his skills and knowledge of the run-and-shoot. He has much talent around him at the receiver slots, led by All-WAC slot receiver Greg Salas.
Coach Greg McMackin has said his staff will undergo some changes this year, but he hasn't announced them. None of the coaches has position responsibilities listed on the staff roster at hawaiiathletics.com.NOTES, QUOTES
SPRING OBJECTIVES: The Warriors have a chance for a strong start in 2010 with road games at Army and Colorado, hardly insurmountable foes, after the opener against USC. Throw in home games against Charleston Southern and Louisiana Tech and it's not unreasonable to think Hawaii could start 4-1. But that means the team will have to do a better job during offseason preparations than the Warriors have in recent years. The biggest issue is the offensive line, where only one starter returns. That group must be rebuilt this spring.
BUILDING BLOCKS: Quarterback Bryant Moniz and slot receiver Greg Salas should provide the core of a potent offense. Salas racked up 106 catches for 1,590 yards and eight touchdowns last season. On defense, senior safety Mana Silva (six picks) and linebacker Corey Paredes (four sacks) return.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We preach to our players the importance of representing the state of Hawaii and we'll have that opportunity to show our talents to the great people of Kauai." -- Coach Greg McMackin, on holding a scrimmage on Kauai.STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
2010 OUTLOOK: The Warriors return seven starters on defense and five on offense, plus both specialists, so the cupboard isn't bare. Defensively, the Warriors must get better -- they allowed 201.8 rushing yards and 202.7 passing yards per game last year, a sign that opponents could do just about whatever they wanted. And offensively, the front five is a major concern.
DL Beau Yap -- Yap helped his team win a Hawaii state title and was named the Honolulu Advertiser's co-defensive player of the year. He could factor into the rebuilt defensive line.
OL London Sapolu -- He joined the team in January after two seasons at Orange Coast Community College. His dad, Jesse, played at Hawaii and won four Super Bowls with the 49ers. With the early start, he could compete for a starting spot.
DB Marcus Umu -- The Hawaii all-state selection also was recruited by Washington.
--DT Rocky Savaiigaea hopes to get a sixth year of eligibility. He missed one entire season and all but one half of another because of injuries.
--LB Brashton Satele also is trying to get a sixth year of eligibility. He has been working out with the team in player-run practices.
--WR Jovonte Taylor tried for a sixth year of eligibility and was denied.
--WR Malcolm Lane has been suspended from the team for breaking team rules.
--K Tyler Hadden of California High in Whittier, Calif., was a late add to the recruiting class.
Previous Report: 03/25/2010