Hawaii's defense picking up high marks nationally

Hawaii's defense picking up high marks nationally

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Much of the Rainbow Warrior football team's 1-3 record can be contributed to the fact that the offense has had trouble finding a rhythm, but one aspect the team can hang its hat on is a defense that knows how to lay the lumber.

Both Washington and Colorado have tried and both have failed miserably trying to score in the second half.

Actually, the 'Bows rank among the best nationally in two significant categories.

The third-down conversion defense is 25th in the country and defensive lineman Kennedy Tulimasealii's 6.5 tackles for loss ranks 26th best in all of college football.

"I've got some veteran guys on the d-line," defensive coordinator Kevin Clune said. "They say, 'coach this is working better than that.' They have an understanding, so we can hone in on those certain plays and the things that we want to do."

Tulimasealii relishes life in Clune's 3-4 system.

"Basically, my mindset is that playing on the inside, all you have to do is punch them in the mouth, just drive the line back and then work to where you gotta go," Tulimasealii said. "Instead of being on the outside, where you are just loose and you just find a way, you don't gotta punch anybody in the mouth."

Hawaii returns to practice Wednesday morning.

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