That first day of preseason camp, the first 6:30 a.m. start of the year, it can be difficult for some, but judging by the energy the Rainbow Warriors brought this morning in Manoa, the early morning wake up call was a welcome invitation to get back to work.
With a new coaching staff, a daunting early season schedule, and quarterback competition in the works, the University of Hawaii football team began camp with plenty of areas to address, but as far as day one goes, they took it all in stride.
"I think a lot of guys put in a lot of work and most guys put in extra work, so I don't think that's a problem," said head coach Nick Rolovich. "I think you'll be able to see a little bit more when we get the pads going, but overall I think we've got the mindset of wanting to be great, that showed out here. We still have a lot of work to do."
"Lot of energy out there, liked what I saw," added defensive coordinator Kevin Lempa. "As far as being in shape, I think for the most part we're in pretty good shape. The older guys who were here in the spring kind of learned the system so they know. The young guys, not so much. We want to find out who our players are. Who are the guys we're going to put on the field? Doesn't matter if they're a senior or a freshman, they're going to play."
Once again, Ikaika Woolsey has found himself battling for the starting quarterback job, this time with six other signal callers.
"Definitely feels good to be back playing football," said Woolsey. "Obviously we're excited to get ready for the season. Competition is great. You know, only one QB can run the field at a time. Out there we got six other QB's,so, you got to come out and compete everyday."
Rolovich says he'd like to establish a starting quarterback following a scrimmage on August 13th.
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