Yep, that was rough.
Another season-ending loss on national television. It likely will cost the Warriors their national ranking, and stall momentum going into a long offseason.
And that’s too bad, considering it was an otherwise good year. Ten victories. Record-setting performances from Greg Salas, Kealoha Pilares and Alex Green. And when it’s all over, Bryant Moniz still should be the leader in total offense.
The schedule looks favorable for next season, with the two biggest obstacles — Washington and Nevada — needing to replace four-year-starting quarterbacks.
The Warriors again will play seven home games, although four of their seven WAC games will be on the road.
The Warriors will have to replace three starting receivers, five key offensive linemen, two running backs, both starting defensive ends, four defensive backs, and a placekicker.
This offseason, the checklist includes:
• Retaining Mouse Davis as receivers coach and sounding board for offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich.
• Landing an impact cornerback and pass-rusher in the recruiting class. The number of available scholarships floating around is 16. Could be more.
• Improving the status checks. Having three key players being ruled ineligible for the bowl game is way too much.
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Ipu Man wins the contest. Al will make the presentation at the gathering Tuesday.
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Happy birthday to SteveM and Chawan Cut.