UH Warrior's new quarterback preps for home game

Inoke Funaki
Inoke Funaki
Nick Rolovich
Nick Rolovich

By Jason Tang - bio | email

MANOA (KHNL) - We're less than five days out from the University of Hawaii football team's home opener against Weber State.

Meaning former third string quarterback Inoke Funaki will have four more days to get himself ready for his first start since playing for Kahuku more than six years ago.

He led his Red Raider team to two consecutive state championships in 2001 and 2002. Now Inoke Funaki hopes to rekindle his winning ways with the warriors as the starting quarterback this Saturday.

"It's an honor, it's a privilege that the coaches have decided to give you the go, the green light, but just like always you gotta continue to try get better."

Head coach Greg McMackin and his staff played all three quarterbacks against Florida last weekend, and Inoke performed the best statistically, and in the intangible.

"He was smiling out there, he was having fun, he was relaxed, teammates were excited for him, those types of things can bring a team togethe," said Warrior quarterback coach Nick Rolovich.

It's been a roller coaster ride for the quarterbacks early in the season, but knowing he will be the starter a week ahead of time is helping Funaki prepare mentally.

"Just to know that you gotta go in there and start if off you know, and go in and set the tone and get everybody motivated and going you know?"

And it's his character that coaches say is irreplaceable.

"I really just tell him, we believe in you. His greatest asset is not his athleticism, it's not his knowledge of the system, it's Inoke Funaki as a person and that's the most important thing to this team right now."