MANOA (KHNL) - The UH Warrior football practice at the University of Hawaii at Manoa was a little different Tuesday morning. The defense and the offense showed new life after listening to their coach. The players were enthusiastic and vocal in their support for each other.
"On defense we're going to do the same thing we've been doing, except we're going to do it with enthusiasm," said McMackin.
It's something head coach Greg McMackin is emphasizing after their most recent loss, and so far the players have taken his message to heart.
"Everything Coach Mack told us was true, we gotta play with emotion, we gotta support one another and we gotta come tight as a team," said Warrior linebacker, Solomon Elimimian.
Coach McMackin says coming together as a team is part of a winning program, and he wants his guys to support each other all the way. He said, "If somebody does something bad, believe me everybody knows about it and everybody will tell him about it, but if somebody does something good, let him know about it and that's what they were doing today."
From the players on the field, to the ones on the sidelines, spirits are up and coaches are happy to see the enthusiasm back in their players.
"We need the emotion, that's just something Hawaii brings from the players, even the fans, it's all based on emotion, most of these guys play with heart, that's the biggest thing that makes our team go," said Warrior special teams coach, Ikaika Malloe.
Now the Warriors just need to carry that emotion into the conference opener against San Jose State on Sept. 27th.
"This game has the ability to turn our whole season around and it's something we look forward to and coach is going to have us ready for San Jose," said Elimimian.