Warriors offensive line outlook

University of Hawaii linemen at practice
University of Hawaii linemen at practice

By Mike Cherry - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - With the season opener versus USC less than two weeks away, the Warriors have some decisions to make, such as who will fill the starting O-line positions?

Hawaii loses four starters and return only four players with starting experience. However, despite the loss of the four linemen, offensive line coach Gordy Shaw sees some promise with the new group of linemen.

Hawaii has seven players who are in the running for five starting spots. The left tackle position is locked up by lone returner, Austin Hansen. Opposite him could be Laupepa Letuli, who returns after sitting out most of last season due to a leg injury.

Australian Adrian Thomas and Brysen Ginlack will battle it out for the right guard position, while redshirt Brett Leonard will begin the season at left guard.

"We've got plenty of depth but we've got to identify those players who can get on the field and we can win ball games with them. It's a very good and healthy position to be in from a competitive standpoint because nobody's in there right now thinking, oh, I've got this spot locked down. I can coast."

Undoubtedly, the biggest shoes to fill is at center where Bronson Tiwanak and Matagisila Lefiti will look to succeed John Estes, a four year starter and anchor of the O-line.

Other returning linemen with game time experience are Kainoa Lacount, Clayton Laurel, and Drew Uperesa, while Chauncey Winchester-Makainai redshirted in 2009.

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