Defense and Special Teams Helping with Warriors' Start

Ryan Mouton
Ryan Mouton

(KHNL) - The Warrior football team is known for its prolific offense. But part of the reason for their 4-0 start, is the play of their defense and special teams.

Hawaii is second in the nation in scoring and passing offense. But the Warriors are also putting points up when the offense isn't on the field.

And that's just how they like it.

Hawaii's defense is swarming and attacking. And they've got a nasty, new attitude.

"We don't wanna like be on the back of the offense," said linebacker Adam Leonard. "Wwe wanna have a face of our own."

It comes from Greg McMackin. Back in Hawaii for his second stint running the defense. His philosophy -- pressure, pursuit, and points.

"We always try to come in, get three turnovers set up a score, or score a touchdown," said defensive back Ryan Mouton.

That's exactly what they, and the special teams, have been doing. Last Saturday, touchdowns on a kickoff and interception blew the game open. So far this season, the two units scored five times.

"We are more talented, especially in our backups," said head coach June Jones. "That is why we are winning. Dennis (Mcknight), Rich (Miano) and Jeff (Reinebold) are doing an outstanding job with our special teams."

The Warrior defense has also been outstanding, allowing 313-yards a game, good for 34th in the country.

And 18-points per outing, putting them 28th nationally.

The scary thing -- they think they can do better.

"We play good, there's always room for improvement," said Mouton.

"We have goals we wanna accomplish," said Leonard. "We feel like we can be one of the top defenses in the nation, we gotta go out and prove it."

The Warriors next chance to prove it -- Saturday at Idaho.

Kick off is at 11:05 AM Hawaii time.