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Warrior Football Defense Aims for the Spotlight

Keala Watson Keala Watson
Adam Leonard Adam Leonard
David Veikune David Veikune

By Stephen Florino

MANOA (KHNL) -- The Warrior football team's high octane offense got all the accolades in the past.

Coaches hope that trend continues.

But they're also expecting the defense to steal some of the spotlight this season.

Warrior fans are used to seeing this.

The team believes fans will see a lot more of this.

"Coach Mack, he's trying to stress the defense now because we kinda been in the shadows with Colt Brennan, high powered offense," said Keala Watson, Warriors defense tackle. "So this year, the defense are gonna have their spot in the light."

The engine of the high powered offense -- Brennan and all four starting receivers -- are gone.

On defense, seven starters are gone.

But what remains -- three first team all conference performers.

As well as guys who didn't start but were big contributors.

"We got a great mix of wisdom and youth on this team," said Watson.  "Definitely the energy, you feel it, and it's one of the great things to have in our position."

Because of that position, the defense will be more aggressive.

"This year, you're gonna see a lot more pass rushing," said Adam Leonard, Warriors linebacker. "We already got the run defense down, it's just trying to develop ourselves as pass rushers, get to the quarterback faster."

"Last year was all offense. This year is all defense, mostly defense," said David Veikune, Warriors defensive end. "We just gotta step it up, play even better this year."

"It's a lot of responsibility to have on our shoulders," said Watson.  "But it's something we're gonna have to work with, and take pride in that."

Spring practices wrap up on Saturday April 26th, with a scrimmage and Ohana Day at Aloha Stadium.

And the 2008 season opener is just 137 days away.

When the Warriors open against the Florida Gators in Gainsville.

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