Monday in Manoa, the UH football team held their first spring practice of the year.
And unlike last year, this season it's the defensive unit that comes in depleted as nine starters finished their eligibility.
However, on the other hand, seven players return on the offensive side including quarterback Greg Alexander, who Head coach Greg McMackin already pegged as number one, and receiver Malcolm Lane who is always a deep threat.
The two say with a year under their belts, they expect even bigger things come fall.
"I feel a hundred times more comfortable then anytime last year, my pre snap knowledge and my reads right now are way beyond they were any point last year so I'm way excited," said Alexander
"It's a situation I welcome, I love pressure, I love having to make the big play, somebody counting on me I love going out there and performing to the best of my ability, and I'm just excited, I know Greg's going to do big things with the receiving core we got, so I'm just excited for next year and ready to do some big things," said Lane.
Despite losing a core group of defensive backs, linebackers and lineman, the defensive unit believes they can accomplish big things as well.
Losing players is a yearly event and the returning players say with the new recruits, with the guys coming back from injuries, and if they work together as a team, everything will be fine.
"It's good, I think coach dan did a great job recruiting and getting guys that compliment us and you can see guys working hard together, that's the main thing, it doesn't matter how hard you work individually, but if you put in that hard work together, good things can happen," said senior defensive lineman Rocky Savaiigaea.
"Today we was dying, Coach Mack had us running, but it was good, first day, get the kinks out, it's gonna be tough to find out who's going to be on the field but I was talking to Solomon today and I called him and he said take leadership on the team and we'll see where it goes from there," said senior linebacker Brashton Satele.
All spring practices are open to the public. The regular season doesn't begin till September 4th when Central Arkansas comes to the islands.
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