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Monday, September 29, 2008

Game Week: Fresno State - Monday News

Jason Kaneshiro writes that Inoke Funaki will be the starting quarterback against Fresno State.
Hawaii will stick with Inoke Funaki as its starting quarterback as the Warriors prepare for this week's game at No. 22 Fresno State, UH coach Greg McMackin said last night.

"We're going to go with Inoke and we'll have to figure out who our backup's going to be," McMackin said.
McMackin said Graunke's still-tender throwing hand factored into the decision and Funaki will get the first-team repetitions in practice this week. Graunke went 5-for-9 and also threw an interception, the last of UH's turnovers in the 20-17 loss to the Spartans.
The article also has injury news about Kealoha Pilares, Malcolm Lane, Adam Leonard, Rocky Savaiigaea and Ryan Mouton.

Stephen Tsai writes that Savaiigaea may be out for the season.
The extent of Hawai'i defensive tackle Rocky Savaiigaea's triceps injury will not be known until after he undergoes an MRI tomorrow.

But Savaiigaea is braced for the reality that he will not play again this season.

"It's killing me," said Savaiigaea, a fourth-year junior.
And Mack will be sending video to the league office regarding the personal fouls.
The Warriors were whistled for five personal fouls against San Jose State.

"We've never had that all season," McMackin said. "We've been a disciplined team. There are going to be some of those (calls) sent to the league office ... and a majority that we think should have been called."
Dave Reardon takes a look at five key plays from the SJSU game in his Warrior Replay.

Ferd Lewis writes that booing the players is just wrong.
And, how was Funaki to distinguish which boos were directed his way and which were not? Are they, like dog whistles, to be discerned only by coaches?

Not that either Funaki or Kelly would lament displeasure, publicly at least. For that is just who they are: solid, proud players dedicated to the task who demand even more of themselves.

Beyond the feelings of Funaki and Kelly, you also wonder what the prospective recruits at the game thought of the whole episode. What message did they take home Saturday night? Hearing Funaki booed like that could hardly have been encouragement to stay home and follow in his footsteps in front of some of the same fans.
Reardon has a Further Review column discussing some of the injuries, penalties and problems on offense.
"We've been scrambling at quarterback ever since I got here," UH coach Greg McMackin said, probably not intending the double meaning. "Everybody's thinking we can't make a decision. But there's always a problem."

There's not enough space here to document the mess the four-man QB situation has devolved into from fall camp and there's no sign of it getting better as long as one guy can't grab the job and stay healthy and effective enough to keep it.

As for the receivers, Malcolm Lane looked like he was headed for a good game, and then got knocked out of it with a concussion. There went the Warriors' best deep threat.

"We don't have the guys to make a catch and score," McMackin said. "We're going to have to recruit to that, get some guys who are really fast."

Well, the best football player on the field Saturday was UH cornerback Ryan Mouton. Maybe it's time to get him a white practice jersey, as McMackin talked about doing in the summer. There's no reason not to try him at slot or wideout.
And Jason Kaneshiro looks ahead to the Fresno State game.
After one team exacted a measure of payback against Hawaii, another will be looking for more of the same this weekend.

Smarting from a turnover-plagued 20-17 loss to San Jose State - the Spartans' first victory in the series since 2000 - the Warriors next head to California to face a nationally ranked Fresno State team brimming with motivation for Hawaii's visit.

Hawaii has won the last two meetings, including a 68-37 blowout in 2006 in which the Warriors set a Bulldog Stadium record for points by a visiting team.

Awaiting the Warriors in Central California will be a 3-1 Bulldogs team looking to kick-start its run at a Western Athletic Conference title against the defending league champions.


  • At Monday, September 29, 2008 at 7:08:00 AM HST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Are u kidding me. Fusucki sucks ass. He is the worst football player i have ever seen. I hope he reads this, because his showing against san jose state was just pathetic. I don't like booing the team, because i don't think the team played bad. I just think funaki sucked ass. he is flat out terrible. He looked retarded out there. "Whats that coach, throw to the white shirts?" And Mack is just flat out stupid for continuing to play funaki. Pathetic. I think this team is not that much worse then last years, i think our D is actually better. Are receivers are good, not great, but not bad. Our o line is not pretty good, even with the injuries, they were fine. Our running backs this year are great.

    And speaking about running backs, how stupid is it, that the guy who scores our only two touchdowns, pilares, dosen't lay in the 2nd half. Is that just shitty coaching or what. I will still watch, because i love the warriors too much. But im missing june jones more then i ever thought. Fusacki should never see the football field again!

  • At Monday, September 29, 2008 at 7:21:00 AM HST, Blogger Tombo Ahi said…

    pilares suffered a concussion during his second TD run.

    despite the interceptions, funaki made some great throws during the game. and if he gets another full week of practice with the first team, he can only get better and more comfortable. maybe the uh offense will work in more option and running plays. glad to see libre looked healthy out there. i hope rego gets more playing time as well.

  • At Monday, September 29, 2008 at 12:01:00 PM HST, Anonymous Colt Brennan said…

    If we are going to point fingers on this loss, we are all pointing to the wrong person. You have a 2 score lead, your defense is stifling the opponents offense, so what do you do? You freakin run the ball and keep running the ball all freaking day. Bring in the big backs to pound away. Short dump passes with low risk. Worst case scenario is you go 3 and out and eat some time off the clock. Punt the ball back and let the defense keep making plays on their side of the field. The offensive coordinator is a knucklehead. This is a D1 college program and not a high school crap game. Get with the program. What was so interesting was even after the first couple of interceptions, the offensive coordinator did not learn. Someone explain time management to this guy. When you got someone 2 scores up, you force them to make plays. This in turn usually leads to more turnovers and the team pressing. ie Florida, Oregon state.

  • At Monday, September 29, 2008 at 2:34:00 PM HST, Anonymous Kaimuki Boy said…

    I am proud of the way our guys stuck in there, and improved from last week. They showed character, and almost won. They need to continue to work to get better, and have less penalties. With just a little better QB play, we would have won the game. If you remember we had a tough season during Colt's first year, and even when Timmy Chang and Rolo were QB at times. We even had a few tough games last year when Colt did not look that sharp. Hawaii needs to be patient with our team. Coach Mack is doing a great job, and the boys are playing their hardest.

  • At Monday, September 29, 2008 at 6:11:00 PM HST, Anonymous J said…

    I don't think Funaki sucks, I think he's just being forced into a system he's probably not suited for. Those option plays looked more designed for him, why didn't Hawaii run more of those? Why is the team so set on running the run and shoot? If anything, the coaching seems to be the weak link. And not one coach in particular (how can we, as fans, assign blame) but the staff in general just doesn't seem as up to speed as last year's staff.

  • At Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at 8:13:00 PM HST, Blogger Keepersfinders said…

    I think that Colt is right and we need to do some more running with the ball. Let's get Alexander in there who is a proven QB and he is big enough to run the ball through half of the other team! He knows how to throw the ball, he has a big arm and by now he has learned teh play book. Put him in and let's see what he is capable of at the Fresno game.

  • At Saturday, October 4, 2008 at 7:29:00 PM HST, Anonymous Patrick said…

    Funny how some people hide behind anonymity. A couch potato like you has no idea what it's like to be on the field. So do us all a favor and grow up.


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