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Monday, August 02, 2010

Week in Review: WAC, UH previews, Army game, etc.

Stephen Tsai has a WAC preview, taking a look at each team going into this season.

Tsai also has a nice position-by-position breakdown of the Warriors. Here's an excerpt on Lametrius Davis:
Davis' body is covered with ink, but it is his coverage skills that have left an indelible mark. At 6 feet and 200 pounds, Davis is a physical bump-and-stun defender who frees safeties to roam. NFL scouts project Davis as a late-round pick in the 2011 draft, but "the arrow is definitely going up," associate head coach Rich Miano said. "He's our best cover guy. Not even close. He's the NFL prototype in terms of size, weight and speed."
And another on the linebackers. Very excited to see what they can do this season:
The new math: Divide playing time between two playmakers. Falemalu and Brown are listed as the stub linebackers, although they will have different roles. Falemalu will open as a linebacker in the base 4-3 defense. But when the Warriors slide into the 45, in which the nickelback replaces the middle linebacker, Falemalu moves to defensive end as a pass-rusher and Brown becomes an outside linebacker. UH actually has two versions of the 45 -- one a traditional pass defense, a second that can swarm the run -- but both will utilize Falemalu and Brown. Falemalu, who has a 35-inch vertical jump, is an obstruction on screen passes. Brown, a converted safety, is effective in pass coverage. Daily-Lyles enters training camp as the No. 1 middle, slightly ahead of seniors Lolotai and Heun.
Dave Reardon writes how pivotal the Army game could be to UH's season.
All of college football will watch USC at Hawaii. But the second UH game -- which will draw little if any national attention -- promises to tell much more about what to expect from the 2010 Warriors. Winning it might be the key to the entire season.

UH simply can't afford to lose to the Black Knights. If it does, can anyone really expect a win at Colorado the next week on the way home? Yes, a defeat on the banks of the Hudson could very well mean the Warriors limp back to Honolulu at 0-3, finally getting their first victory in front of a few friends and family against Charleston Southern at Aloha Stadium.

A winning season and a bowl game could become unlikely even before the WAC season begins. But beating Army means a win far from home and a lot of confidence to build upon, a good shot at a 3-1 mark heading into conference.
Ferd Lewis writes that it'd be great if UH had a real rivalry.

And Lewis writes about Oceanic's PPV package.


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