2012 Hawaii Warriors Football Preview
2011 Record: 6-7 (3-4 Western Athletic) (Mountain West in 2012)
Head Coach: Norm Chow, first season
Projected Returning Starters: 12
Spring Game: April 27th
Notes: Since the hire of June Jones in 1999, Hawaii football has been one of the premier WAC programs. Coach Jones took the Warriors to six bowl games, including a BCS bowl in his final season. Following his departure to SMU, Greg McMackin took over the program. Coach McMackin led the Warriors to two bowl games, including a 10-4 record in 2010, before retiring following the 2011 season. The Warriors collapsed down the stretch in 2011, losing four of their five final games, amidst allegations of point shaving. The Warriors were 1-4 in games decided by a touchdown or less in 2011.
BVTSB Take: The hire of Norm Chow as head coach is an interesting choice. Chow is 65 years old, and this is his first head coaching job. Still, he was born and raised in Honolulu and is very familiar with recruiting the west coast, having coached at BYU (1973-1999), USC (2001-2004), UCLA (2008-2010), and alma mater Utah (2011). Hawaii won’t have to worry about Chow taking another job as this is likely his last coaching stop. Hawaii will have to worry about the quarterback position, as Bryant Moniz has graduated; leading receiver Royce Pollard departs as well. Starting running back Joey Iosefa returns this season, as do two of the top three leading receivers – Billy Ray Stutzmann and Jeremiah Ostrowski. Hawaii does not play Wyoming this season, based on the Mountain West rotation. Their non-conference schedule is made up of games against USC, Lamar, BYU, and South Alabama. The Warriors shouldn’t have much trouble with Lamar or South Alabama, but USC and BYU are likely losses. Having to replace a veteran quarterback and wide receiver is tough. Coach Chow has his work cut out for him this season.
2012 Early Projection: 5-7
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