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Soares named WAC defensive player of the week

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By Liz Chun - bio | email

MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The UH football team is riding a wave of emotion right now, enjoying four straight wins. The biggest being it's latest victory on national TV over Navy. Even the conference is taking notice, awarding the WAC defensive player of the week to Blaze Soares.

"There's no self satisfaction you know," said Soares. "I always can get better. There's always room for improvement. Believe it or not I messed up a couple of times too in that game. But honestly this award is supposed to go to our defense, as a team we played awesome."

While Soares shares his WAC award with his teammates, the linebacker was a game changer in Hawaii's 24-17 win over Navy. Against the midshipmen, Soares tied a career high with 12 tackles. He capped off a second half shut out of navy by sacking Ricky Dobbs on the final play for a loss of nine yards.

The latest win is more validation for a team that just a month ago had lost six straight games. But Soares says Coach Greg McMackin always told them they could turn things around.

"All of us believed in each other and we knew it was possible because we seen spurts of it from time to time," said Soares.

"Everyone thought Coach Mack was going cuckoo but it just shows he has a lot of heart, he believed in his players and coaching staff so you know. The thing good about football is anything can happen you know. It's a game of momentum and lately we've been having that momentum so it's great."

If the Warriors can now beat Wisconsin of the Big Ten, they will secure a Hawaii Bowl berth with their seventh victory of the season. The Badgers come in as the 18th best rushing team in the country.

"You know they're going to try and smash that ball down your throat but whatever you know," said Soares.

"Every week people think they can just pound the ball, pound the ball, it's a different mentality, a different mindset now. It's going to be a great challenge for us this week, they're way bigger than us, they have skill, they have talent, they're fundamentally sound. But you know what I mean, we can do it." Kickoff for the Warriors final game of the regular season is at 6:30 PM on Saturday.

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