Warriors picked to finish 5th in preseason WAC poll

By Jason Tang - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The preseason polls say the University of Hawaii will finish 5th in the Western Athletic Conference this year, and Warrior head coach Greg McMackin knows it's because his roster is full of young and inexperienced players, especially on the defensive end.

"The thing is, these unknowns are what we do as coaches and players," said McMackin.

Only two defensive starters from last year return to the team, not to mention the Warriors will need to replace their entire secondary.

"You know I'm not worried about anything, I'm really positive about everything, we've got talented players they just need experience, and really that comes in playing games," said McMackin.

To help balance out the newcomers, during the off season Coach Mack brought in more experience in the coaching ranks.

"We've improved our staff, I've brought on a little more maturity to our staff, they've been working very hard and doing a great job coaching, and that's what this team is going to be, is a team where we have a lot of newcomers we're a young team, we've got a do a great job coaching, and they've got to do a great job learning and we gotta play together as a team," said Mack.

McMackin says he'll do his part to get the Warriors ready for the upcoming season, and he hopes the fans will continue to do theirs.

"We really need the 12th man, this year, the 12th man and woman because that really helps us win," said McMackin.

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