HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - With more than 105 players on the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior football team, and just eleven of them on the field at any given time, there simply isn't enough playing time to go around.
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At practice on Tuesday morning, the Rainbow Warriors debuted what's known as the "scout team," filled mostly with younger or lesser-known players who have one primary objective: help prepare the starters for the team's next opponent.
Members of the scout team typically watch film of an opponent, in order to study their plays or habits, then take to the practice field in order to replicate what they've seen, in order to better prepare the starting offense or defense for what they'll see on game day.
It's considered a mostly thankless job, but don't tell that to the University of Hawaii coaching staff.
"When they hand out rings at the end of the season, for a championship, they don't just give them to the starters, they give them to whole team, and that's well deserved," said offensive coordinator Don Bailey. "They play a significant role for us in the preparation of every week."
Rainbow Warriors head coach Norm Chow had similar thoughts.
"I tell them all the time, some players help us win on Saturdays, other players help us win on Wednesdays," said Chow.
Those Wednesday practices are now limited before the 'Bows suit up against Colorado. Kick-off is next Thursday at 6 p.m. at Aloha Stadium.