Bryant Moniz is the nation’s leader in total offense, averaging 390.60 yards per game. It makes sense. The Warriors are No. 1 in total passing (430.8 yards per game).
What’s more, Kealoha Pilares and Greg Salas are 1-2 in receiving yards, at 682 and 609, respectively.
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• Remember that Rod Stewart line about “ad-libbed lines” being “well-rehearsed”? In UH’s offense, every play and option is designed for all situations. Hot read? There’s no such thing in the Warriors’ offense, where at least two receivers are pass-catching options on each play. (Sometimes receivers are used to drag away coverages.) And slotbacks Greg Salas and Kealoha Pilares are unstoppable, especially when they face man coverage. They will face a lot more of that if the Warriors continue to use five-wide sets.
• After their breakout game, Salas and Pilares are playing at high level. But it is too early to measure their place in UH history. The slotbacks in the triple-option offense, scheme wise, aren’t playing the same position as the current slots. In UH’s four-wide offense, Davone Bess and Ryan Grice-Mullins still are the standard for slotbacks. Bess’ corner route, especially in the red zone, was money. And there was a two-year stretch where both were perfect on bubble screens, a read play that is more difficult to make than it appears. Where Salas and Pilares might be ahead, for sure, is their blocking. They are as good as the receivers who used to block in the triple option. And while those receivers were technicians in cut blocks, Salas and Pilares are ferocious straight-up blockers.
• Under Ross Jenkins, LaTech’s no-huddle, no-pause offense was successful in making the game competitive. But the reason for the scheme’s success — quick pace, quick reward — was also the cause of its demise. On the road, where travel rosters are limited, and in Hawaii’s extended summer mugginess, that quality at that pace can’t be sustained. You don’t sprint a marathon, and you don’t run a two-minute offense for long periods. With the Warriors answering back with their offense, and nursing a significant lead, it was a matter of time before the Bulldogs’ comeback burned out.
• Mana Silva admitted that his his inability to make a tackle that led to an LaTech touchdown tainted the joy of his two interceptions. Silva said the coaches always “emphasize wrapping up, old-school training” in practices. “When you don’t, that’s what happens. I have to continue to wrap up and grab cloth and take down the receiver.” But give Silva credit for even being out there. A sprained left ankle limited him to one series in the Charleston Southern game. He did a lot of hard work just to get ready for last night’s game.
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Pomai said this is the prize for this week’s pick-the-score contest for the Fresno game:
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A very happy birthday to our favorite mystery guest — McTruck.
And special birthday wishes to Nalani. We’d sing “Happy Birthday,” but apparently that’s a copyrighted song subject to royalty payments (hey, we saw that episode of SportsNight), and, well, there’s no way we can match the angelic voices of Na Leo.