HONOLULU (KHNL) - Warrior head football coach Greg McMackin says his team is tired and beat up. Tyler Graunke has a hand injury, and Keith AhSoon may have torn knee ligaments. But for Mcmackin, it's more than just injuries causing him pain after a 45-7 loss against Oregon State, and he says fans are a part of his remedy.
"After the ball game, I felt bad that we lost, because it's so important for us to win for the people of Hawaii, but now is when we need your help," said McMackin in his weekly press conference.
A fourth week bye couldn't come at a better time for the Warriors. They're banged up on offense and defense, and special teams needs a lot of fixing.
"Right now we're last in the country in punt returns, we're last in kick off returns and we've got to get better than that, that's unacceptable," said McMackin.
Coach Mack says he will make personnel changes and work the special team's full speed in practice this week. Now the entire team must find a way to put it all together when they return to Aloha Stadium on the 27th for a conference showdown against Dick Tomey and the San Jose State Spartans.
"We've had three games of game reps, and so we've learned from that and we have to get better, and now we start the league, that's when we really need the fans," said McMackin.
Coach McMackin realizes some fans are starting to give up hope, but he wants to reassure everyone and put the loss into perspective.
"This hasn't hurt us a bit, if we would've won this game, we're still not going to a BCS game because we got beat by Florida. We can still win the WAC and we can still win a bowl game. Let's stay on board, let's believe in us, let's roll up our sleeves and get going."
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