Sports Game Day! Hawaii vs. Utah St.: How They Match Up By Stephen Tsai Nov. 2, 2013 Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! Hawaii's Chris Gand and Utah State's Darrell Garretson Read more Mahalo for reading the Honolulu Star-Advertiser! You're reading a premium story. Read the full story with our Print & Digital Subscription. Subscribe Now Read this story for free: Watch an ad or complete a survey Log In Already a subscriber? Log in now to continue reading this story. Activate Digital Account Print subscriber but without online access? Activate your Digital Account now. HAWAII 0-7, 0-5 in Mountain West HAWAII OFFENSE POS. NO. PLAYER HT. WT. CL. X 9 Chris Gant 6-0 190 Sr. TE 87 Harold Moleni 6-2 255 So. LT 77 Mike Milovale 6-3 295 Sr. LG 54 Kody Afusia 6-2 305 Jr. C 71 Ben Clarke 6-3 285 So. RG 63 Ben Dew 6-3 295 So. RT 68 Sean Shigematsu 6-5 290 Jr. F 84 Clark Evans 6-4 220 Sr. Z 5 Billy Ray Stutzmann 6-1 190 Sr. QB 19 Sean Schroeder 6-3 190 Sr. RB 4 Steve Lakalaka 5-10 220 Fr. UH will use the same offensive line for back-to-back games for the first time this season. It is hoped that continuity — as well as more rollouts, play-actions and three-step drops — will improve the pass protection. Sean Schroeder, who will make his fourth consecutive start, was hit 11 times by Colorado State last week. The Warriors are 21st nationally in passing, averaging 299.3 yards per game. In the past four games, Schroeder has thrown 12 touchdown passes and is averaging 334.3 yards. Schroeder, who is always in the shotgun, is at his best in the fourth quarter, when the Warriors usually are in the two-minute offense. Of his 46 fourth-down completions, 31 were for first downs and eight exceeded 25 yards. Chris Gant has been Schroeder’s favorite late-game target. Ten of Gant’s 12 fourth-quarter catches resulted in first downs. Clark Evans has also has emerged as a reliable receiver. In the past two games, Evans has caught a pass each of the 10 times he was the primary target. He also has been effective as a backfield blocker. The Warriors did not allow a sack in the seven plays Evans was aligned as a fullback against CSU. The Warriors’ pressing projects are to extend drives and play better after the intermission. Of their 115 full drives this season, 46 have been three-and-outs. Twelve of their 27 third-quarter possessions have not exceeded three downs. Most troubling is the Warriors’ opening possession of the second half, with each drive averaging 1.92 yards and 1 minute, 20 seconds. HAWAII DEFENSE POS. NO. PLAYER HT. WT. CL. LE 92 Beau Yap 6-2 260 Jr. NT 91 Moses Samia 6-1 295 Jr. DT 59 Saui Matagiese 6-2 300 Jr. RE 11 Tavita Woodard 6-4 260 Sr. SLB 40 Jerrol Garcia-Williams 6-2 225 So. MLB 56 Brenden Daley 6-3 250 Sr. WLB 41 Art Laurel 6-0 240 Sr. LCB 23 Dee Maggitt 5-10 170 Jr. S 33 John Hardy-Tuliau 5-11 185 Sr. S 37 Charles Clay 5-11 200 Sr. RCB 1 Ne’Quan Phillips 5-9 186 So. The Rainbow Warriors hope to be in better health this week. Safety Marrell Jackson, who missed last week’s game after undergoing thumb surgery, is expected to play. Charles Clay, who started in Jackson’s absence, will remain in the rotation at safety or nickelback. Clay has become an accomplished open-field tackler. He is fourth in stops (36 tackles), and has prevented three touchdowns with his pursuit. Freshman defensive lineman Kennedy Tulimasealii, who has recovered from a strained elbow, and linebacker TJ Taimatuia, who had an undisclosed ailment, should boost the depth. Tulimasealii can play the three-technique in a four-man front or end in a 3-4 or 3-2 alignment. Taimatuia can play both in the middle and on the strong side. In Taimatuia’s absence last week, Jerrol Garcia-Williams played a season-high 70 snaps at strongside linebacker. Kamalani Alo, who contributed at middle linebacker last week, and linebacker Benny Fonua, who has been used mostly on special teams, will have expanded roles this week. Against Colorado State last week, the Warriors struggled against cutbacks on stretch plays and perimeter runs on pulls. CSU averaged 3.07 yards on inside-zone runs. On pulls and stretch plays, in which the runner cut inside or looped at the edge, CSU averaged 9.29 yards. The big picture: The ends need to establish the edge and linebackers need to fill the holes. HAWAII SPECIAL TEAMS POS. NO. PLAYER HT. WT. CL. K 27 Tyler Hadden 5-11 195 Jr. SS 62 Brodie Nakama 5-9 250 Fr. H 15 Ikaika Woolsey 6-1 210 Fr. P/PR 29 Scott Harding 5-11 200 Jr. LS 31 Kawika Borden 6-1 200 Jr. KR 22 Diocemy Saint Juste 5-8 185 Fr. The trouble with being a pioneer is there are no how-to books to study. Harding used his Aussie-rules-football background and ambidextrous skills to create a skipping punt out of a roll-out maneuver. Of his 29 punts, only five have been returned. He has not had a touchback, which explains why his net average of 40.9 yards ranks third nationally. Against Colorado State, five of his downed punts averaged 20.4 additional yards on rolls. The value of extra bounces is not lost on Harding in his other job as punt returner. Harding often will dive in front of a charging defender to secure a bouncing punt. "It’s tough," Harding said. "By the time it bounces up, there’s usually somebody there. As long as I can stop it from rolling, if I have to take a hit, I’ll take a hit. It’s all about the hidden yardage." UTAH ST. 4-4, 3-1 in Mountain West UTAH STATE OFFENSE POS. NO. PLAYER HT. WT. CL. X 7 Travis Van Leeuwen 6-3 195 Sr. SB 9 Bruce Natson 5-7 151 So. LT 74 Kevin Whimpey 6-5 295 Jr. LG 77 Sini Tauauvea 6-2 310 Sr. C 58 Tyler Larsen 6-4 312 Sr. RG 54 Jamie Markosian 6-2 292 Sr. RT 66 Eric Schultz 6-4 300 Sr. TE 22 Keegan Andersen 6-2 231 Jr. Z 8 Travis Reynolds 5-11 180 Sr. QB 6 Darrell Garretson 6-0 200 Fr. RB 28 Joey DeMartino 5-11 200 Sr. During the Mountain West Conference’s media preview this summer, the Aggies distributed football cards of quarterback Chuckie Keeton, choreographer of their read-option offense. But the Aggies were dealt a new hand when Keeton, one of the league’s best, suffered a season-ending knee injury against Brigham Young on Oct. 4. Injuries also seized running back Joe Hill, offensive guard Kyle Whimpey and tight end D.J. Tialavea. Losing Keeton, senior center Tyler Larsen said, "was a big blow to the team. But we have to move on from injuries. That’s football, and that’s life, and those things happen." In two games, Keeton’s replacement, freshman Darrell Garretson, has completed 65 percent of his throws. Garretson is not nearly as agile as Keeton, but he has a strong arm. "He has a lot of characteristics that Chuckie had when he was a freshman," Larsen said. Without Whimpey, the Aggies still have four senior starters on the offensive line. Two seniors — Joey DeMartino and Robert Marshall, who missed the 2012 season because of a knee injury — have replaced Hill. DeMartino rushed for 144 yards against New Mexico two weeks ago. He is averaging 7.0 yards per carry this year. Still, the Aggies averaged 491.2 yards in total offense in games in which Keeton started; 412.3 yards with his understudies. UTAH STATE DEFENSE POS. NO. PLAYER HT. WT. CL. DE 99 B.J. Larsen 6-5 275 Jr. NG 56 A.J. Pataiiali‘i 6-3 307 Sr. DE 40 Connor Williams 6-3 278 Sr. OLB 9 Kyler Fackrell 6-5 245 So. ILB 51 Jake Doughty 6-0 234 Sr. ILB 53 Zach Vigil 6-2 232 Jr. OLB 12 Terrell Thompson 6-1 220 Sr. CB 4 Tay Glover-Wright 6-0 175 Sr. SS 21 Brian Suite 6-3 205 Jr. FS 5 Maurice Alexander 6-2 212 Sr. CB 1 Nevin Lawson 5-10 186 Sr. After his one season at Utah State, defensive coordinator Dave Aranda left behind the playbook and terminology of his 3-4 schemes. "It was smooth," linebacker Kyle Fackrell said of the transition. "We didn’t change a whole lot. We still have a lot of the same plays from last year." Head coach Matt Wells has said Aranda and his successor, Todd Orlando, are both "football junkies." Aranda, who previously was UH’s defensive coordinator for four years, implemented a multiple-blitz system that is protected by zone coverages in the secondary. The top three tacklers (Jake Doughty, Zach Virgil and Fackrell) are linebackers. Maurice Alexander (6.0 tackles per game) leads all MWC safeties in stops. While Doughty and Vigil are the gap-fillers, Fackrell is the wild card. He can align as a rush end or drop into coverage. He has nine backfield tackles, including four sacks, He also has forced two fumbles and deflected a pass. Fackrell played volleyball and basketball in high school, but those were diversions. "It was always football," Fackrell said. "I didn’t like playing those other sports as much as football." Fackrell said he added deep squats to his training. "The rest is bench-presses, chin-ups and getting the right nutrition." UTAH STATE SPECIAL TEAMS POS. NO. PLAYER HT. WT. CL. PK 93 Nick Diaz 5-8 182 Jr. SS/LS 89 Nate Needham 6-2 233 Jr. H/P 38 Jared Bentrude 6-1 209 Jr. KR 8 Travis Reynolds 5-11 180 Sr. PR 9 Bruce Natson 5-7 151 So. It was early in his coaching career that Dave Ungerer decided to make special teams his speciality. "I though it was a way I could make a niche in the coaching profession. I always enjoyed the strategy and the coaching. Other than the head coach, you’ve got more interaction with the whole team. It’s not just one side of the ball. You’ve got a linebacker next to a running back next to safety. It’s kind of neat the whole synergy of special teams." Ungerer, who once coached UH special teams coordinator Chris Demarest, has coached at Oregon, Alabama, Maryland and California. This year, Bruce Natson has scored on a punt return, Devin Centers blocked two kicks, and opponents are averaging minus-0.3 yards per punt return. Previous Story No. 13 Hawaii sweeps UC Irvine in volleyball Next Story UH wins 'ugly'