By Brian Ojima - bio | email
MANOA (KHNL) - There's an excitement in the air on the UH Manoa Campus. It's all because the University of Hawaii football team officially kicked off the start of their 2009 season, after wrapping up their first practice of the year.
The Warriors are picked to finish 5th in the WAC, but don't tell that to the team because they believe this year's team has championship ability.
Last year, Coach Greg McMackin led the team to a 7-and-7 record and a berth in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. The Warriors lost to Notre Dame, but it was largely a success in McMackin's first season at UH.
The challenge of this year's team will be replacing 9 starters on defense, who were lost to graduation. That includes the Warriors entire secondary, but as Spencer Smith says, he believe this year's secondary is better and more talented than last year's squad.
The Warriors kick off the season opener in less than a month, when they host Central Arkansas on Friday, September 4th at Aloha Stadium.
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