Rainbow Warriors defense coming along in Spring

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Defense was an issue for the Rainbow Warrior football team last season, as it was the year before.

Since former defensive coordinator Kevin Clune left the Warriors after one season to return to Utah State a few seasons back, Hawaii's defense hasn't had much success turning the ball over and preventing opposing offenses from having their way with them.

But first-year defensive coordinator Corey Batoon is looking to bring back that Warrior mentality to Manoa with a new scheme. The talent is there, according to Batoon. All that remains is proper execution.

"I like our energy we're playing with. That's been pretty consistent throughout so that's an encouraging deal," Batoon said. "Still learning the system, guys making those mistakes when you're only three-four days in and then you have that lull with Spring break - guys kind of tend to forget sometimes. But it's been good. Like I said, the energy's been good. Just got to keep the momentum going."

Head coach Nick Rolovich is having some growing pains this Spring installing the Run-and-Shoot offense with a revamped offense, but he credits the defense for making life difficult on his inexperienced playmakers on offense.

"I think the defense has been consistently full of energy, I think their desire to get better everyday is evident but not getting complacent," Rolovich said. "Their having some success right now which is good and I think they just like playing football with each other, to be honest with you."

The 'Bows will continue Spring ball throughout the month. Here's a quick look at their remaining practice schedule, which is free and open to the public.

Spring ball schedule

Saturday, April 7: 4:30 pm

Tuesday, April 10: 6:00 am

Thursday, April 12: 6:00 am

Saturday, April 14: 4:30 pm

Tuesday, April 17: 6:00 am

Thursday, April 19: 6:00 am

Saturday, April 21:4:30 pm

Tuesday, April 24: 6:00 am

Thursday, April 26: 6:00 am

Saturday, April 28: 5:30 pm (Spring Game)

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