QB Colt Brennan (PHOTO CREDIT: CW Pack Sports)

2006 Statistics

Coach: June Jones
64-40, 8 years
2006 Record: 11-3
at Alabama LOST 17-25
UNLV WON 42-13
at Boise State LOST 34-41
at Fresno State WON 68-37
at New Mexico State WON 49-30
at Utah State WON 63-10
Arizona State WON 41-24

2006 Final Rankings
AP-26, Coaches-24, BCS-UR

2007 Outlook

This version of head coach June Jones’ Warriors has laid a foundation with last year’s NCAA record-breaking offense. Quarterback and assured Heisman candidate Colt Brennan secured UH the team’s vaunted spot in our rankings with his return…yes, you can comfortably take the ‘over’ again in most of their games. Five-receiver sets and huge, hulking backs also make this offense move at will; the pass will continue to set up the run effectively. Finding a decent pair of tackles and a center will secure the Warrior’s ball-moving efforts. Similarly on defense, two ends are needed to fill out the line. Once found, only the deep middle will need attention due to a lack of proven safeties. It is on defense that you will see how Hawai’i’s season is progressing. If they find a D that has consistent stopping power, this team could break into the top 15. But it will likely be a year like many they’ve recently had – a juggernaut offense will outscore most of its opponents, but three or four solid BCS-aligned programs will have secondaries that are good enough for them to beat UH...oh, and then there’s conference bigboy Boise State, whom they have yet to beat this millennium (don’t miss it to find out who wins the WAC!) It just goes to prove the old adage that you can win a lot with offense, but to take any ‘next steps’ toward being champions, you need a decent defense.

Projected 2007 record: 11-2
WR Davone Bess (PHOTO CREDIT: CW Pack Sports)
QB - 5 DL - 3
RB - 2 LB - 3.5
WR - 4 DB - 3
OL - 2 ..

Passing: Colt Brennan, 406-559-12, 5549 yds., 58 TD

Rushing: Colt Brennan, 86 att., 366 yds., 5 TD

Receiving: Davone Bess, 96 rec., 1220 yds., 15 TD

Scoring: Davone Bess, 15 TD, 2 2-pt. conv., 94 pts.

Punting: None

Kicking: Dan Kelly, 13-17 FG, 47-50 PAT, 86 pts.

Tackles: Adam Leonard, 114 tot., 62 solo

Sacks: Brad Kalilimoku, Michael Lafaele, Blaze Soares, David Veikune - 2 each

Interceptions: Gerard Lewis, 3 for 33 yds.

Kickoff Returns: Malcolm Lane, 6 ret., 14.5 avg., 0 TD

Punt Returns: Myron Newberry, 22 ret., 5.9 avg., 0 TD


OFFENSE: Nate Ilaoa-RB, Reagan Mauia-RB, Chad Mock-WR, Ross Dickerson-WR, Ian Sample-WR, Tala Esera-OT, Samson Satele-C, Dane Uperesa-OT
DEFENSE: Ikaika Alama-Francis-DE, Kenny Patton-CB, Leonard Peters-FS, Kurt Milne-P

June Jones got lucky when darkhorse Heisman candidate Colt Brennan decided to return to the islands for his senior year. Not much more can be said about the NCAA record holder for most TDs in a season (58). He came close to Daunte Culpepper’s record for completion percentage (72.6% vs. the record 73.6), and on a team that throws it almost twice as much as it runs, that number, along with only 12 INTs, means winning will continue. Brennan uses four- (if not five-) receiver sets every play, looking for mismatches to exploit in coverage as he checks off (ala P. Manning). Senior local Jason Rivers is the team’s main deep threat, and he uses his lanky frame for both leaping and YAC. Junior Davone Bess, another all-WAC snarler like Rivers, is Brennan’s main target, especially in the red zone. Ryan Grice-Mullen, smaller like Bess, is another deep scoring threat. There are just too many sticky-handed speedsters going downfield, and foes not ready to employ dime packages every down will continue to be picked apart. Using such a precise, consistent passing game to open the run will allow Hawai’i to continue racking up over five yards per carry. Even with their two main ground weapons leaving, 264 lb. senior Jason Laumoli of Samoa and 240 lb. junior David Farmer should together add up to replace 351 lb. Reagan Mauia. As you may have deciphered already, a big RB as a sixth blocker for Brennan is key for the Warrior’s schemes to work. Upwards of 12 different players will jockey for playing time at the RB spot. Look for Nebraska transfer Leon Jackson to push for top duties, although freshman Kealoha Pilares is turning heads this spring. The only shortcoming seems to be the line, which loses both tackles and their center. Hawai’i has plenty of 300+ bigmen in the wings, and with some easier opponents early, it should allow time to prevent any weaknesses in this area from impacting the team’s potential win total. This side of the ball set the I-A record with 656 points via last year’s No.1 offense (passing, scoring and total), and this time around it looks like they could break their own marks.


WR Jason Rivers (PHOTO CREDIT: CW Pack Sports)


Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Colt Brennan-Sr (6-3, 196) Tyler Graunke-Jr (6-0, 202)
RB Kealoha Pilares-Fr (5-10, 187)
David Farmer-Jr (6-0, 231)
Mario Cox-So (5-11, 250)
Leon Jackson-So (6-2, 210)
WR Jason Rivers-Sr (6-2, 192) Greg Salas-Fr (6-1, 186)
C.J. Allen-Jones-Jr (6-1, 224) (TE/HB)
WR Davone Bess-Jr (5-10, 195) Michael Washington-Jr (5-7, 165)
WR Ryan Grice-Mullen-Jr (5-11, 179) Aaron Bain-Jr (5-9, 183)
WR C.J. Hawthorne-Sr (5-11, 166) Malcolm Lane-So (6-1, 181)
OT Keoni Steinhoff-So (6-3, 269) Ray Hisatake-Jr (6-3, 328)
OG Hercules Satele-Sr (6-2, 288) Laupepa Letuli-So (6-3, 287)
C Aaron Kia-So (6-4, 283) Lafu Tuioti-Mariner-Jr (6-0, 279)
OG John Estes-So (6-2, 290) Larry Sauafea-Sr (6-2, 313)
OT Keith Ah-Soon-Jr (6-1, 294) Brysen Gintack-Fr (6-1, 296)
K Dan Kelly-Jr (6-3, 202) ..



Defensive coaches often have a nice cushion for this defense due to how many points the offense can put up. But in tight games, the D needs to step it up so UH can finish in the top 15. As of late, this has been a decent crew that can usually make the one big stop late in a game when needed. But with both DEs vacated, run stopping will be a wait-and-see proposition, and less pass rush would therefore impact how effective coverage will be. Starting senior tackle Mike Lafaele and fellow Oahu native Keala Watson are pretty much it for experience up front, but two bumper recruiting classes have DL candidates lined up. In the 3-4 Hawai'i runs, All-WAC junior Adam Leonard is the Warrior’s best LB. As a matter of fact, Hawai’i has no less than six LBs with extensive experience, making LB help up front seem like a certainty. But size issues amongst the corps have been shortcomings in stopping those big, fast BCS-aligned offenses. Like the LBs, the secondary has a full array of corners – all seniors - with starting experience. But similar size issues in coverage are also of concern since all are under 6’. Even with senior Jacob Patek back at strong safety, the deep middle appears vulnerable with new faces just learning the ropes. Inconsistency has really been the main affliction for the Warrior D – for every play or two that they stop opponents, This bunch seems to then allow a big enough play to wipe out the prior stops. Hawai’i is nowhere near a top 25 defense and will continue to allow 30+ to quality foes, but as long as they can get back to the point where they can make that one important play when most needed, this defense can stake claim to part of the winner’s share.


LB Adam Leonard (PHOTO CREDIT: CW Pack Sports)


Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Amani Purcell-Sr (6-3, 257) David Veikune-Jr (6-3, 258)
DT Michael Lafaele-Sr (6-0, 302) Fale Laeli-Jr (6-2, 285)
DT Keala Watson-Jr (6-3, 328) Siave Seti-Sr (6-0, 281)
DE Karl Noa-Sr (6-4, 238) Francis Maka-Sr (6-1, 242)
SLB Blaze Soares-So (6-1, 224) C.J. Allen-Jones-Jr (6-1, 224)
MLB Solomon Elimimian-Jr (6-0, 224) Tyson Kafentzis-Jr (6-1, 230)
WLB Adam Leonard-Jr (6-0, 236) Michah Lau-Sr (5-9, 218)
Brad Kalilimoku-Sr (5-10, 213)
CB Gerard Lewis-Sr (5-9, 168) Ryan Keomaka-Sr (5-10, 173)
CB Myron Newberry-Sr (5-8, 164) A.J. Martinez-Sr (5-10, 179)
SS Jacob Patek-Sr (6-0, 202) Dane Porlas-Jr (5-10, 179)
FS Keao Monteilh-Jr (5-11, 181) Desmond Thomas-Jr (6-3, 171)
P Tim Grasso-Jr (6-0, 200) ..




Junior placekicker Dan Kelly’s strong leg means Brennan doesn’t have to get them inside the 30 for this team to score – Kelly went 4-for-6 from 40+, though his two big misses cost against Oregon State. Well qualified Kenji Hollaway is the lone punter on the roster, and don’t miss his amazing speed during any fakes. JUCO transfer Tim Grasso is projected to earn the punting job. There is likely to be a shakeup in the return game – we will report on any findings here in the future.