Just two days after the conclusion of training camp and a 100-minute controlled scrimmage at Aloha Stadium, head coach Nick Rolovich was forced to put a halt to the release of the team’s depth chart.
The University of Hawaii football team returned to practice Monday morning, just 11 days away from its first kick-off of the season against California in Australia. However, practice started with a handful of players arriving late, which led to post-practice conditioning and Rolovich delaying the release of the team’s two-deep lineup, including naming the starting quarterback.
According to Rolovich, the team will take this lesson and raise the bar which the ‘Bows are expected to reach and surpass on a daily basis.
“I think I gave them to much sugar, because I thought Saturday was excellent, but for some reason, we think we’ve arrived and that’s a problem,” said Rolovich. “The details weren’t there today. It’s a continual process, but I got to stay on them because that wasn’t good enough today. Saturday was good enough, today wasn’t good enough.”
Senior running back Melvin Davis said the mistakes are needed so the team can see what they’re doing wrong and learn from their flaws.
“You’re going to have your ups and downs no matter what. You’ll face adversity but you gotta stick together, do what you need to do to get better,” said Davis.
Senior defensive linebacker Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea explained how he’s trying to set an example and be role model for the younger players.
“The only thing I can do is be a role model to the young guys and show them that no matter if this is practice 21 or 13, I’m coming out to practice,” said Kema-Kaleiwahea. “I’m coming out to be the best I can be and hopefully the other guys can catch onto that and if they see me that I’m not slowing down then they better not slow down.”
Rolovich explained the attitude towards team unison is essential for their success.
“I appreciate the majority of their work, majority of the guys are doing things right, but if one fails, we all fail,” said Rolovich. “We still need some growing to do in that locker room.”
The Rainbow Warrior’s lineup is now expected to be released on Wednesday.
The ‘Bows will depart for Australia on Saturday and kickoff against the Golden Bears is set for August 26, according to the Hawaii calendar, at ANZ Stadium.