Growing up as a University of Hawaii Football fan in California’s bay area, looking up to the likes of all-conference quarterbacks Timmy Chang, Colt Brennan, Timmy Chang, and Bryant Moniz, Rainbow Warrior sophomore QB Ikaika Woolsey will get his shot under the Halawa sun this weekend, leading UH against 25th-ranked Washington.
“Man, I’m real excited. I waited a lifetime for this. I grew up in the back with my dad and my brother, I dreamed about playing big time ball and come Saturday I fulfill my dream so, but you know, it’s just the beginning and I just want to continue to work hard and just focus on day by day and don’t get to caught up in the moment at the same time just relax and play within my game,” said Woolsey.
Having been named the starting quarterback just over two weeks ago, number-11 will be responsible to captain a hopeful program comeback after averaging 8 wins per season from 1999 to 2011, ‘Bows are 4-20 in two years under Head Coach Norm Chow but led behind the moniker of relentlessly positive to go with a strong showing in training camp, Woolsey appears ready to assume the role of on field general.
Heading into season opening weekend, lack of assurance is definitely not an issue for Woolsey. “I’m real confident in what I can do, and my confidence comes from my teammates because I’m confident they can get the job done too and that makes my job a lot easier. I know come Saturday there will be a lot of fans out there. We do have a lot of loyal fans out here on this island, we do know that and like I said before, they deserve a winning season and that’s something I promise to give them this year.”
Rainbow Warriors and Huskies will face-off on Saturday at 4:30pm HST at Aloha Stadium.