Warriors football team preps for season opener

Ron Lee
Ron Lee
Greg McMackin
Greg McMackin

By Jason Tang - bio | email

MANOA (KHNL) - The next time we see the Warrior football team in person, they'll either be 1-0 or 0-1.

Tuesday morning the team flew to the mainland where they will start preparations for their Saturday season opener against fifth ranked Florida.

He's the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. But there's much more to the Florida Gators than their talented quarterback.

"They have a great coaching staff, they have speed on defense, they have new defensive coaches, that was a weakness last year, it won't be this year," said Warrior head coach Greg McMackin. "So it's a real challenge."

Another challenge for the Warriors is solidifying a starting quarterback. Brent Rausch is number one, but his arm isn't 100% yet.

"We have a week of practice and I want to see how is arm is, today we just threw lightly, I'm excited about our quarterback situation."

This year's offense features eight new starters and new offensive coordinator Ron Lee is ready to see how his guys respond.

"I'm anxious for them to go against a team with the kind of speed Florida has, so I can't wait for Saturday, and we'll know more about our team then," said Lee.

Linebacker Adam Leonard knows the Gators will be one of the toughest challenges he's faced during his career at UH, and he loves the idea of going at the best.

"In athletics you want to play the best, you want to compete against the best just to see where you're at, I wouldn't have it any other way," said Leonard.

Win or lose, Coach Mack just wants one thing out of his team.

"It's important for us to go and play our hearts out, we're playing for the state of Hawaii."

The meeting will be the first ever between the two programs, it will also be Coach Mack's debut as head coach.

The game will be broadcast right here on K5 the Home Team on Saturday evening at 9 p.m., and again on Sunday morning at 10 a.m.