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Friday, September 10, 2010

Night Before Gameday, Update: Friday News video

Some game info and news from HawaiiAthletics.com and GoArmySports.com.

Stephen Tsai has a game preview with breakdowns of the offense, defense and specialists of both teams. Here's an excerpt about the UH defense:
The Warriors will rotate so many defenders that two off-the-chart players - defensive tackle Zach Masch and rush end Alema Tachibana - are in the mix. The key to the whole scheme can be found in the middle ground - at defensive tackle, the first line of defense against the dive run; and at middle linebacker, where George Daily-Lyles hopes to rebound from a nervous debut. The second-year freshman was lifted after the third defensive series in the opener. "Nervous?" Daily-Lyles said. "That was the most nervous I've ever been in my life, and I've jumped out of planes. That took the cake by far. The crowd. SC. My first start. Freshman. You can keep naming stuff that had me nervous before the first game." But Daily-Lyles, who helps align the defense, had a good week of practice and is ready for the restart.
Tsai also had a Thursday practice report.
The Warriors fine-tuned the gameplan, and focused on several techniques. The UH safeties practiced push-and-sidestep moves designed to fend off low-blocking Army receivers.

"It was a good practice," UH head coach Greg McMackin said. "We got a lot of things accomplished."
Dave Reardon writes that if the Warriors play as well as they perform the haka, they'll do well.
BUT IF UH defends against the Black Knights' option offense as well as it danced yesterday, Hawaii will win big at Michie Stadium. I'm counting as a given plenty of points from the Warriors' run-and-shoot attack that embarrassed USC.
The Record Online has a position by position breakdown and a game preview.
Senior cornerback Richard King admitted he was bored last week. Eastern Michigan threw just nine passes, mostly targeting the tight end.

"We will be seeing 10 times the action this week," King said. "It will give us a chance to make a big hit or an interception. It will definitely give us more time to shine."
The Record Online also has an article about the distance UH traveled for this game.
Hawaii coach Greg McMackin gave his team plenty of time to get acclimated to the time difference.

Players aren't worried about a noon kickoff, which is 6 a.m. Hawaiian time.

"We practice at 7 a.m. every morning," Pinares said. "That's the first thing we do every day. It's a good idea because it matches up good when we travel. That's an advantage for us."

UPDATE: Local news video from KHON, KITV and KGMB covering Saturday's game:


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