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Warriors hoping for a fresh start

Kealhoa Pilares Kealhoa Pilares
Coach Greg McMackin Coach Greg McMackin
Jon Medeiros Jon Medeiros
Blaze Soares Blaze Soares

By Liz Chun - bio | email

MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Coach Greg McMackin shortened practice Wednesday morning by half an hour for the Warrior football team.

Mack said he wanted to rest his players a bit, to keep everyone healthy and fresh.

But there's no rest for UH's staff as it tries to get Hawaii back in the win column.

Receiver Kealhoa Pilares says he can't believe UH is winless through 5 WAC games. "I think we worked way to hard in the summer and the offseason training and stuff like that. I never expected for it to be like this you know."

A six game slide is a harsh reality for the Warriors.

It's also taking it's toll on UH coaches who are averaging 12-15 hour days as they try to figure out how to fix mistakes.

Things like Hawaii's turnover margin...which ranks 115th in the nation at minus-11.

"You work harder, you search harder, things mean more, Says UH Head Coach Greg McMackin, When you win you go on to the next game, still you put in the hours but I think it's you're looking at everything. I would say you're working harder and getting less sleep."

As coach Mack and his staff try to find a solution -- they may have to be tougher.

But the Warriors welcome it...if it means winning.

Oh yah, it's way different now. Their becoming a meaner person day by day. But they have to get on our case cause you know everyone's on their butt. Oh I don't mind it. I think it's better you know the more they push us, the more we have to gain.

Receiver Jon Medeiros agrees.

"As players, we just have to rise to the occasion. Coaches can only do so much but we're the ones on the field, we're the ones who have to make things happen."

Both Hawaii and Utah State are struggling with 2 wins on the season.

But the Aggies did beat Louisiana Tech.

Kickoff on Saturday is at 5pm at the Aloha Stadium.

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