Warriors football team ready to defend WAC championship title

Greg McMackin
Greg McMackin
Rocky Savaiigaea
Rocky Savaiigaea
Michael Washington
Michael Washington

By Jason Tang - bio | email

MANOA (KHNL) - Coming off their bye week, the University of Hawaii football team is ready to defend their conference title when the San Jose State Spartans come to town.

They're also ready to reassure their worried fans, and prove to them this team is for real.

"We're going to win the ball game," said Warrior head coach Greg McMackin.  "Losing is unacceptable."

Their record is 1-2 after three games this season. But the Warrior football team considers themselves 0-0 as a whole new conference season gets set to begin on Saturday.

"This is where we start playing and defending our WAC championship you know, one of our goals is to win the WAC and this is our first game for that tournament, each week we have one game to go and this week we're going to focus on San Jose State," said Rocky Savaiigaea, Warrior defensive lineman.

While the team focuses on the Spartans, the fans focus in on Hawaii's quarterbacks. Tyler Graunke participates in team drills Tuesday, but his hand is still causing him pain, and his passing isn't as accurate.

"Yeah, it was kind of off today, but he's coming back off of injury, so I ain't worried about that, I'm pretty sure he'll be good by the end of the week and we got really good backups in Inoke who can make plays with his feet and his arm," said Michael Washington, Warrior wide receiver.

The Warriors are coming off what they call a perfectly timed bye week. They've had time to recover both physically and mentally.

"This bye week really helped us out, let us get away for a little while, kind of just help us refresh our bodies but just our mind and our perspective on everything," said Savaiigaea.

And they hope everyone else remembers what this team is trying to defend.

"People gotta understand we're the defending WAC champions and we gotta play like that, so this is a crucial game for us," Savaiigaea said.

In preparations for their game, the team is closing practice to the public the rest of the week.

Saturday's game is set to kick off at 6:05pm.

If you're not going to the stadium, the contest is available live on Pay Per View.

This is the 30th year of WAC football for UH.