POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 02, 2010
LAST UPDATED: 02:30 a.m. HST, Oct 02, 2010
Hawaii quarterback Bryant Moniz has slotback Kealoha Pilares' back.
And also the backs of the other slotbacks and wideouts in the Warriors' read-and-attack offense.
"Moniz is something else," said Pilares, whose Warriors play Louisiana Tech tonight. "I don't know how he does it. He's a receiver-friendly quarterback, if that means anything. He kind of sees formations from a receiver's standpoint."
One of the Warriors' plays is PoCo -- originating from a choice of post or corner routes -- in which the receiver makes a break based on the defensive coverage.
"We're reading the defense, and Moniz is reading me," Pilares said. "The coverage has maybe three routes we can run. Depending on that, (Moniz) can read my body language. Just from that, he knows where to throw."
In last week's rout of Charleston Southern, Pilares made two scoring catches on PoCo plays. Moniz made the throws while looking at Pilares' back.
"It's a sixth sense," Moniz said. "I developed an ability to read their body language, read their routes. I must have seen them run a million routes from last year to now. I have to read the defense, too."
Moniz has been preparing for tonight's reading hour. Here's a closer look at the teams:
WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Utah State 31, BYU 16
Idaho at Western Michigan
UC Davis at San Jose State
Boise State at New Mexico State
Nevada at UNLV
Cal Poly at Fresno State
Louisiana Tech at Hawaii
Utah State at Louisiana Tech
Toledo at Boise State
New Mexico at New Mexico State
Hawaii at Fresno State
San Jose State at Nevada
HAWAII SCHEDULEAn asterisk denotes Western Athletic Conference game; all times listed are Hawaii