Rainbow Warriors open quarterback competition

Nick Rolovich // Hawaii Athletics


The 1-3 University of Hawaii football team is using its bye week, the first the program has had since 2014, to hit the reset button.

“Nobody’s safe right now, not at one and three with poor performances on both sides (of the ball),” head coach Nick Rolovich said.

“When the schedule first came out, it was like, ‘Alright, we’ll play those first four then have a bye. We will get to reevaluate. We’ll get to reset.’ We didn’t hit the reset button,” Rolovich added. “It’s like the old Nintendo game, you had to blow in it to get the thing to work. The thing doesn’t work. It’s not working and it’s not turning on. We need to clean the cartridge out.”

Part of the hopeful game changing for the Rainbow Warriors will be shaking up the lineup, as Rolovich has put every position up for grabs, especially quarterback.

“We’re just gonna keep battling,” senior quarterback Ikaika Woolsey said. “I think that coach said some of the younger guys are going to get some more reps this week because it’s the bye week. Anytime you can compete, you get each other better. We push each other every day at practice. We all know only one can be on the field at one time, so we just got to continue to get better and be smart with the ball and just make good decisions.”

Woolsey has started all four games, completing 44 of 90 passes for 644 yards with 6 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Woolsey has been spelled by sophomore transfer Dru Brown.

Brown has used his running abilities to rack up 82 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown, while completing 16 of 30 passes for 205 yards and an interception.

“Me and Ikaika have no control over who plays,” Brown said. “That’s the coaches’ decision. That’s why they get paid so much. Each and every day me and Ikaika compete along with all the other quarterbacks. We make each other better and that’s all we can ask for.”

Hawaii will work out again Saturday before getting back into normal game week preparation on Monday. They’ll host Nevada Saturday, Oct. 1 at Aloha Stadium at 6 p.m. HST.

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