One day after University of Hawaii head football coach Norm Chow officially named sophomore Ikaika Woolsey the team’s starting quarterback, the Rainbow Warriors held their first full contact scrimmage of Training Camp Wednesday afternoon at Clarence T.C. Ching Field.
Despite moving the chains for a handful of first downs, Woolsey’s offense, minus resting seniors Joey Iosefa (runningback) and Scott Harding (slotback) scored just one touchdown in five different non-downed drives which totaled close to 40 of the estimated 100 plays, leaving no doubt that it was the defense that earned bragging rights in the first opportunity of live fire.
“Today we gotta get better. I’m a little disappointed in how we performed today. I’m also disappointed in the way that I performed,” said Woolsey. “It’s not good enough come August 30th. We have to play the best ball of our life and that wasn’t us today. We just gotta keep grinding and get better.”
Chow also acknowledged that the offense was less than stellar, saying, “I was a little disappointed in the tempo. It seemed like we got a little bit tired. You know it’s been 10 days. We know that the legs are heavy, but you have to fight through that and that’s what camp is for. We’re still very optimistic and we’ll look at the tapes, study it, grade it tonight, spend a lot of time with it.”
Rainbow Warriors continue training camp Thursday afternoon.
The 2014 season opener against 25th-ranked Washington is scheduled for August 30 at Aloha Stadium.