HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - "Spring Game" may be the more common designation for a football team's final spring practice, but for Nick Rolovich and the Rainbow Warriors, it wasn't quite enough.
Hundreds of fans, families and former Warriors found their way to the T.C. Ching Athletic Complex in Manoa on Friday for what Rolovich and Company took to calling a "Spring Fling," a kid-friendly event that supplemented football with food trucks, giveaways and autograph sessions.
"If you just look around, I think it's a success for the community," said Rolovich. "I love seeing everybody out here. I really do. Because this thing is bigger than just the 105 guys that will be in our locker room. When the fans come out like this and show up, it really drives it home."
The Rainbow Warriors, due to attrition across the board from five weeks of practices, were not healthy enough to have an actual spring game. Instead, fans were treated to a controlled scrimmage with game-type sitations, like third-down and red-zone plays.
"I think the defense played hard," Rolovich said. "The defense made some plays. Wasn't sure they were gonna hold up, but they played tough."
Rolovich said earlier this week that he did not plan on naming a starting quarterback this spring, though he did speak highly of senior-to-be Ikaika Woolsey after the session.
"Ikaika made some good plays," said Rolovich. "Until you see the film, and the situations they're in, you gotta judge it a little differently, but just out there, I thought he went and made a few good plays."
Rolovich says he and the coaching staff will spend several weeks on the recruiting trail before returning to Hawaii to prepare for the upcoming season.