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Unlikely player led Warriors to victory against Nevada

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By Jason Tang - bio | email

MANOA (KHNL) - It was an unlikely player who led the University of Hawaii football team to their most recent win over Nevada.

Junior college transfer Greg Alexander began the 2nd half for UH and guided the Warriors to a 38-31 victory this past Saturday.

For his performance, he garnered the Conference Offensive Player of the Week award, and his coach couldn't be any happier.

"I was really happy to see that he was awarded the WAC player of the week and I was really impressed by his temperament and his ability," said Greg McMackin.

It was a coming out party of sorts for quarterback Greg Alexander. After struggling against Florida in the season opener, he took full advantage of his 2nd chance.

Alexander completed almost 80 percent of his passes, throwing for 205 yards and two touchdowns.

Now with two proven weapons behind center, McMackin says the team will continue their two quarterback approach with Alexander and Inoke Funaki.

"If you have something that causes people problems and doesn't foul up your rhythm, then why not?"

The quarterback set up isn't the only change the Warriors made that will stick for their upcoming game against Utah state.

Mcmackin also says Ryan Mouton will continue to play on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

"He's a key player on defense that's where his future is, but he's a play maker and I really feel that he brought the offense, especially the receivers to a higher level, and we're going to continue playing him both ways."

While the team's performance has improved each passing week, Coach Mack knows it has to get better if they want to play in the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas eve.

"We have to get a lot better than we are right now and continue to get better and be playing championship caliber at the end of the season."

The Warriors will hit the road this week for the next two weekends.

This Saturday they play at Utah State, and then at New Mexico State.

After that it's a three game home stretch as the team looks to qualify for the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

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