I’ve always been a big fan of special teams play. More games are won and lost with the kicking game than people realize. Hawaii beat Northern Iowa largely due to Scott Harding‘s punting, and his punt-returning factored in, too. Tyler Hadden is 6-for-7 on field goals and perfect on extra points so far this season.
Harding is winner of the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week award and among five named for the honor roll of the Paul Hornung Award for versatility. If the Mosi Tatupu Special Teams Award were still around, Harding would be a prime candidate.
Here are some of my favorite UH special teams players from over the years. This is off the top of my head and I reserve the right to add to this list and please nominate your favorites.
K: Jason Elam. P: Scott Harding, Mat McBriar. KR: Matt Harding. PR: Dana McLemore, Chad Owens. Wedge buster: Semeri Ulufale. Kick blockers: Mike Akiu, Niko Noga, John Hardy-Tuliau. LS: Jake Ingram. All-Purpose: David Toloumu.