POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 25, 2010
LAST UPDATED: 01:33 a.m. HST, Sep 25, 2010
With today's game against Charleston Southern, the Hawaii football team has reached the point of no return.
The fourth game in a 13-game regular season means the active roster is essentially frozen. That means the newcomers who have not played -- including running back Jon Lister, kicker Tyler Hadden, defensive end Beau Yap, wideout Darius Bright, and defensive backs Daryl McBride, Dee Maggitt and Bubba Poueu-Luna -- will redshirt, barring an emergency situation.
It means the first phase of the season -- the opener against Southern California and road games against Army and Colorado -- is over. The Warriors had set a goal of refining schemes and developing team chemistry during the three-game phase.
The Warriors also believe they have found their playmakers: Slotback Kealoha Pilares and wideout Royce Pollard have elevated their games; linebacker Corey Paredes, who has played every defensive snap this year; and freshman sensation John Hardy-Tuliau.
After three games, head coach Greg McMackin said, the evaluations are complete. Now, he said, "We're going to play our best players."
Here's a look at today's game:
WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
|Sept. 2||Southern California||Aloha Stadium||L, 49-36|
|Sept. 11||at Army||Michie Stadium, West Point, N.Y.||W, 31-28|
|Sept. 18||at Colorado||Folsom Field, Boulder, Colo.||L, 31-13|
|Sept. 25||Charleston Southern||Aloha Stadium||5:30 p.m.|
|Oct. 2||Louisiana Tech*||Aloha Stadium||5:30 p.m.|
|Oct. 9||at Fresno State*||Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, Calif.||4 p.m.|
|Oct. 16||Nevada*||Aloha Stadium||5:30 p.m.|
|Oct. 23||at Utah State*||Romney Stadium, Logan, Utah||11 a.m.|
|Oct. 30||Idaho* (Homecoming)||Aloha Stadium||5:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 6||at Boise State*||Bronco Stadium, Boise, Idaho||8 a.m.|
|Nov. 20||San Jose State*||Aloha Stadium||5:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 27||at New Mexico State*||Aggie Memorial, Las Cruces, N.M.||10 a.m.|
|Dec. 4||UNLV||Aloha Stadium||5:30 p.m.|