Warriors enter 2009 season with nine returning starters

Rocky Savaiigaea
Rocky Savaiigaea
Malcolm Lane
Malcolm Lane

By Brian Ojima bio | email

MANOA (KHNL) - When the Warriors take the field for their season opener, they'll have plenty of new faces in their starting line-up.

With just 9 returning starters on a team that finished 7-and-7, the Warriors are faced with the challenge of replacing 4 starters on offense and 9 starters on defense.

"You know teams in the WAC are rebuilding but it doesn't matter what they do, it's all about what we do. If we do our thing and we come out to play every Saturday and put in the work Monday thru Friday, it's going to pay off for us", said UH defensive lineman, Rocky Savaiigaea.

The good news for the Warriors is that many of their offensive skill players are returning. Players like starting quarterback, Greg Alexander, and two of their leading receivers, Greg Salas and Malcolm Lane.

Lane led the team in yards per catch, last season.

"I just want to do whatever the coaches ask of me. Do whatever they want me to do. If they want me to have one catch for 80 yards or ten catches for 80 yards, it doesn't matter, whatever it takes for our team to win", said Lane.

Head Coach, Greg McMackin added two new faces to the team's coaching staff, with the addition of offensive line coach, Gordy Shaw and special teams coach, Chris Tormey.

Both coaches have a combined 60-years of coaching experience, which will only help the Warriors as they try to earn their 8th bowl game berth in the last 11 years.

The Warriors open the season at home against Central Arkansas on September 4th.