HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - This year’s Warrior spring game won’t be like it’s predecessors.
The 2019 spring kick-off will be highlighted by a live game between the starting offense and starting defense, a format that differs from the “controlled scrimmages” fans have seen in the past.
“We want to put on a good show for the fans," Rolovich said. “We’re going to do a full game we have Team Mauka with head coach Brian Smith with the one offense and two defense, and we also have Team Makai and coach (Corey) Batoon with the one defense and two offense."
The format is just one change in a season where many could take place. With the departure of captains Jon Ursua and Jahlani Tavai, Jojo Ward an Cedric Byrd look to have breakout 2019 campaigns.
The starting quarterback position was also headline heading into spring training.
Cole McDonald and Chevan Cordeiro continue to dominate conversations surrounding the team but Rolovich has been impressed by what he’s seen by both competitors during camp.
“Cole has had a pretty unbelievable camp to be honest with you," Rolovich said. "Chevan could be one of the most electrifying quarterbacks when you just see his ability in broken plays and his pocket maneuvers.”
The quarterbacks will have a chance to compete against each other Saturday in the spring game in the teams last opportunity to compete on the field before summer camp later this year.
For Cordeiro who played in four games last year as a red-shirt freshman, this has been his first spring training camp of his career and it appears he has risen to the occasion.
“We’re just competing everyday on the field,” Cordeiro said. “And off the field we’re just getting better and just competing with Cole and Justin really gets me going.”
Cole McDonald served as the team’s starter for most of last season and racked up a few school records along with All-Mountain West Conference honorable mention honors in 2018.
His “iron sharpens iron” mentality is something he has carried with him all camp and looks forward to showcase his improvement from last season this Saturday.
“Saturday’s going to be good,” McDonald said. “It’s going to be a good environment and good football, I’m excited just to test what we’ve gone through this whole spring and I know some of the new guys are trying to step up, so it’s a good time to make plays in front of a big crowd so people can see what this whole Hawaii football thing is about.”
The spring game between Team Mauka and Team Makai will start at 4:00 p.m. HT at Clarence T.C. Ching field on the University of Hawaii campus.