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If you want, put up a look at your team for this season!
Meet the Warriors!
Hawaii has been on a great run since head coach Johnny Utah took over 4 seasons ago. Coach Utah is 55-1 at Hawaii and posted 4 consecutive MWC titles and 3 consecutive national championships. This season the Warriors move into the more competitive Big 12 where they will try and continue their nation's best 48 game winning streak.
Offense: Hawaii runs a devastating mix of fleXbox One and spread option concepts where they try and get the ball to their playmakers in space. Their offensive strategy makes them difficult to prepare for and coach Utah's playcalling is rarely predictable
Defense: The Warriors run a 3-4 scheme, mixing man, zone, and blitzing concepts to keep the offense guessing. This squad has been dominant but breaks in a number of new starters in the secondary this season.
QB: Derek Miller (89 OVR) is now entering his junior season and appears to be the perfect trigger man for this offense. Derek has enough athleticism to keep the defense honest and is a devastatingly accurate passer (94 THR ACC) as evidenced by his nearly 80% completions last season. Perhaps the most important part of Derek's game is his ability to protect the football, he threw only 3 INTs all of last season. Backup duties will be handled by 5th year senior John Johnson (89 OVR), a former JUCO star. Johnson is a pocket QB which limits some of the playbook. However, the 6-4, 236 pound lefty has a cannon arm that he can use to hit a bullseye downfield on a rope (96/95 THR POW/ACC).
HB: Senior Larry Morton (95) briefly entertained entry into the NFL draft but elected to make one more run with the Warriors. Morton has consistently put up big numbers, including over 800 yards last season despite being hampered by injuries. Morton is a bit undersized at 5-9, 198 but he is highly elusive in space (98) and always protects the ball (92). The #2 back in this offense is Chris Martindale (88 OVR). Chris broke out as a redshirt freshman last season and will continue to keep defensive coordinators up at night this season in Hawaii's multiple ballcarrier offense. Martindale is bigger than Morton at 6-0, 214 with great strength for the position (78) to go along with solid running skills and the ability to be a threat in the passing game.
FB: Senior Daniel Winston (86 OVR) will be the teams fullback and the B-back in the flex. At 5-9, 251 Daniel is a load to bring down. His size, combined with breathtaking acceleration (97) and surprising speed (85) make him dangerous if the defense is too focused on the All Americans at HB.
WR: Xavier Davis (90 OVR) is the teams #1 WR. Davis is an elite route runner (99) with great hands and concentration in traffic (96 Catch, 95 CIT). Davis is hard to cover on intermediate routes and makes the rest of the receiving corps that much better. At #2 is Marcus Pearson (85 OVR) who combines great speed (93/95 SPD/ACC) with crisp routes (92) to make plays downfield. The #3 wideout on the team is sophomore Bill Flynn (83 OVR). Flynn exploded onto the scene last season as the teams kick returner and deep threat. He won returner of the year nationally and averaged over 40 yards per catch on just over 20 receptions. This season look for this speed merchant to catch more balls underneath as his skills continue to develop, but don't ignore his wheels (96/95 SPD/ACC). At #4 is true freshman Doug Fry (78 OVR). Fry is a local kid who makes up for his lack of elite speed (87 SPD/ACC) with a very polished skillset, in 4 WR sets, Fry will punish teams who drop too deep to cover Flynn and Pearson.
TE: Last year's starter is gone and fifth year senior Travis Butler (79 OVR), who started as a freshmen and sophomore, is back. Butler will figure far less into the teams passing schemes but he is a highly effective blocker who can help to seal the edge when he's on the field. His long experience has given him great awareness (89) to pick up defenders on the blitz.
O-Line: Left tackle Brian Willis (89) and left guard Jeremy Johnson (90) anchor a group of 3 seniors, a junior and a true freshman at center. Outside of Johnson and Willis this is a pedestrian bunch (74-77 OVR) which could lead to occasional droughts by the offense.
DE: Seth Wilcox (95 OVR) was a sure fire top ten draft pick after posting more than 50 sacks in his first three seasons. The former #1 recruit in the nation is now a Senior and never considered the NFL, "Works not done yet," the 6-8, 240 pound sack machine said, "we want to win 56 in a row." Wilcox was referring to a group of players in coach Utah's first ever recruiting class who want to achieve a remarkable undefeated career. This imposing player strikes fear into opposing QBs with his explosive speed (83/91 SPD/ACC) and hitting power (94). Opposite Wilcox is first year starter Mark Williams (83 OVR). Williams is similar to Wilcox in skillset, though he has a more compact frame and is a couple years behind in terms of development.
DT: True freshman Cornelius Cowan (76 OVR) will start at the nose. Cowan was a top flight recruit, but with the talent on either side of him he will mostly be asked to just hold his ground and clog up the middle with his 305 lb frame.
OLB: Sophomore Ryan Holmes (84 OVR) returns after starting as a redshirt freshman last season. At 6-6, 231, Holmes is a big body with elite acceleration (95) to go along with great pursuit (89) and hit power (88). Holmes also has enough strength to fight off most blockers at the point of attack (90 BLK SHD). Opposite Holmes will be junior Zach Grier (82 OVR) who is a first time starter. Grier lacks elite size and speed, but has a knack for getting to the quarterback. He doesn't really excell in any area but is rarely a liability.
ILB: Senior Tom Leslie (89 OVR) comes back for one more run. Leslie is a four year starter just like DE Seth Wilcox. Tom is a talented player physically with excellent size at 6-4, 251. What really sets Tom apart though is his intelligence. Tom seems to know exactly what the opposing team is trying to do, often calling out the play before the snap (99 Play Rec). Next to Leslie in the 3-4 is sophomore Matthew Mitchell (83 OVR). Matt has good size at 6-4, 248 and also good physical tools. Matt may be overshadowed by Leslie and Holmes in the LB corps but he is quietly developing into a fine player in Honolulu after coming all the way from Canada a few short years ago.
CB: Junior Jeremy Washington (80 OVR) and sophomore Justin Brown (79 OVR) are both first year starters at corner. Neither player would be considered a "shut down" corner, but both play effective man defense. Nickel corner Joe Jones (76 OVR) is a true freshman with elite top level speed (95) but will struggle in coverage until he has more time to develop. Perhaps the most notable fact about this trio is that they are all local kids from the Hawaiian islands.
FS: Senior Charlie White (80 OVR) is a former JUCO player who will be starting at the D-1 level for the first time this season. Charlie has the speed and acceleration needed to patrol the deep middle (93/94) along with adequate cover skills (80/81) and excellent size (6-2, 218).
SS: Sophomore Jeff Wood has been one of the most exciting players from spring through fall practices. Wood is a first time starter but has good speed (91/90) and is a tremendous tackler (92) able to wrap up offensive players on contact. Wood has the technique to get off of blocks downfield (84), solid play recognition skills (85) and the hands to make the QB pay for a bad decision (80).
Following a relatively mediocre 9-5 season, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane enter the new year with a few question marks. With just 9 seniors on the roster, and only one of those on the offensive side, head coach Nick Hexum is bringing in a new playbook that is more run-based to try and take advantage of the few strengths the O has. While the RB position is pretty much set with senior Cameron Hopkins and junior Demetrius Huffman providing a 1-2 punch, there is wide open competition for starting QB. Junior Kelvin Nash, sophomore Brian Freeman, and freshman Shane Johnson could all see playing time early in the year. The WR corps is just as open, with true freshman Mario Vinson winning a starting spot in fall camps. The rest of the receivers are just as young, with 3 more freshmen and 2 sophomores rounding out the position.
With such inexperience on the offensive side of the ball, it will be up to the defense to keep Tulsa in games this season. Luckily for the Hurricane, 8 seniors will help to lead the D in the team's new 3-4 formation. "Without question, our strength is on our linebackers and secondary," said the head coach. "So we're going to try to run a 3-4 this year to get as many of our skilled guys on the field at the same time." Led by a group of seniors that includes LBs Kevin Love, Tyler Owens, and Kyle Davis, CB Jacob Medlock and 6'7", 220 lb safety Scott Washington, Tulsa will hope to see a lot of low scoring, defensive battles.
The Golden Hurricane will be tested early and often with a brutal first four games. They open the season by welcoming #21 Ole Miss in week 2, followed by a short jog north to play Kansas week 4 and a trip out west to face #19 Cal week 5. Tulsa than goes on the road for a 3rd straight week to take on #3 Oklahoma.
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