HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Warriors football team is practicing with more confidence this week.
"It must be different practicing coming off a win?" Hawaii News Now asked.
"Some are more positive now," said Warriors defensive back Richard Torres. "We're a lot happier knowing that all our hard work is really paying off. It's about time we got this win and so it's just a big relief."
"It's one win, though," said Warriors safety Spencer Smith. "I mean, if it was the first win of the season, it would be different, but we got to win four of the next four. We just got to take it week by week and come at it with the mentality that we're the underdogs. Because really, we are the underdogs to go four in a row."
Mixed emotions and a bit of caution are where the Warriors are, as the UH football team comes off its first WAC win, preparing to play its final WAC game against New Mexico State.
But here's a good note: the Warriors have more weapons with the return of defensive back Jeremy Bryant and wide receiver Royce Pollard.
Both have been cleared to play and are back working out, which coach Greg McMackin calls a pleasant surprise.
"Jeremy's back and Pollard is back, and shoot I don't know what to do with these guys," he said. "It's sort of fun, the fun of it is seeing some of these guys heal up and get back with us. I know it makes them feel better cause they really wanted to be in there."
What has proven a little painful to the budget is the turnout for UH games this season.
According to the Honolulu Advertiser, the support in the stands isn't what it was last year, down an average of 3,500 fans a game.
That's a loss of about $250,000 that the school was counting on.
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