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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

2010 Media Guide, UH vs Army Previews

I hadn't seen this before, but here's the 2010 UH Football Media Guide in PDF format, from HawaiiAthletics.com.

The Sports Network has a UH vs Army preview. Included is a quick review of the USC game:
There were a number of positives Hawaii could take away from its loss to the Trojans last week, not the least of which was knowing that it had become the first team to ever have three players record at least 100 yards receiving against a USC defense. Another plus for the offense, even though it had to go through a number of quarterbacks, was that the team didn't suffer a single turnover, breaking a stretch of 37 straight outings in which the program had been pressured into losing possession at least once.

Jason Kaneshiro writes about Bryant Moniz returning to practice yesterday.
"He didn't look to have a whole lot of rust, threw the ball well and was dialed in," offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich said.
Rolovich also has the quote of the day:
"That end zone is like Lord of the Rings," Rolovich said. "It's their precious."
Kaneshiro notes that Laupepa Letuli is recovering from a strained calf but should be okay for Saturday.

Donald Lappe of ProSportsBlogging.com has a game preview.
There will be an old school vs. new school feel to this game. Look for Army to chew the clock on offense while Hawai’i tries to strike quickly when it has the ball. It will be important for Army to keep Hawai’i off the board early because the Warriors have the ability to pile up points quickly and Army’s offense is not built to come back from multiple-score deficits. The Hawai’i defense did miss a good amount of tackles last week and if they are undisciplined in their assignments the Black Knights could hurt them on the ground. In the end I think the pure speed of Hawai’i will be too much for the Army defense.
Ari Cutler of BoxScoreNews.com has a game preview as well.

Paul Franklin of GoBlackKnights.com has a preview and some quotes from Army coach Rich Ellerson.
Aside from cleaning up some focus on penalties and taking care of the football, Army will certainly benefit being at home. But wars have been lost at home before.

"Their system is unique,'' Ellerson said of Hawaii. "They understand it inside and out. You tell me who to double-team.

"We learned lessons from (the Eastern Michigan) game,'' he noted, "but lessons from that game frankly will go on the shelf. They're going to be important, but important down the road.''
GoArmySports.com has a bunch of quotes from Ellerson's press conference.
(Ref.: going up against his alma mater this week)
"Just that they're really good; they're a lot better than when I was there. They don't have any Rich Ellersons out there; they have some guys that can really play. It will be a chance for me to see some friends. I have a lot of friends on that staff. Rich Miano is a guy that was coaching when I played there. George Lumpkin, who is in operations, was one of my coaches. There's a bunch of guys on their staff that I've known over the years. It just goes on and on. I coached (Liko) Satele's dad. It's 'Old Home Week' a little bit in that way, but that will all be fun before the game and hopefully it will be fun after the game. It may not be, but when we start playing the game, we'll be playing the game."
Stephen Tsai takes a look at the life of an Army Black night.
On Sundays, the players have a favorite hangout.

"The whole team is in the library," said cornerback Antuan Aaron, an engineering major. "We spend the whole day doing homework. It's the exact opposite of any other college. At other places, Friday and Saturday nights are party times. For us, it's getting our work done."
Dave Reardon writes about his impressions of West Point.

Going back to the USC game, Lane Kiffin actually had something else nice to say about the UH offense.
Kiffin also gave credit to Hawaii: "That is a really good offense, and I think we'll see that throughout the year... They are going to put up lot of yards and points on people if they stay healthy."
USC defensive guru Monte Kiffin also had some things to say.
USC defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin finally addressed the media Tuesday following the Trojans' shoddy performance against Hawaii, but he provided few answers for the debacle.

"I've been hiding for three days," Kiffin joked. "I probably thought about the same thing after watching the film that I saw from the press box. We didn't do very good."

Kiffin said the defense's confidence was dented by Hawaii's 588 yards in total offense.

"Their pride is hurt right now," Kiffin said.
And Ferd Lewis writes about other benefits from the USC game.
Television ratings and the demand for tickets for the football game against Southern California paint an encouraging picture should the University of Hawaii choose to go independent, UH officials said.

The Thursday night game on ESPN attracted 1,721,000 households, an ESPN spokesman said. "That is a good rating," said Michael C. Humes of ESPN, considering the 11 p.m. East Coast time kickoff.

UH reported 44,204 tickets issued and a turnstile count of 41,776 for the game, the most for a regular-season home game since the 2007 finale against Washington.

"I think, going forward, no matter what happens -- especially if we end up going independent -- there's going to be more Thursday and Friday night games," athletic director Jim Donovan said.


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