Will Hawaii Be Able To Stop The Run This Year?

anthony tomasContributor IApril 8, 2010

GAINESVILLE, FL - AUGUST 30: Punt returner Brandon James #25 of the Florida Gators is brought down in his game against the Hawaii Warriors at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on August 30, 2008 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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 Last Season, Hawaii loss or got smashed by teams that ran the ball. All except for Navy, which we won. My question is, will things change this year? 

 Hawaii got pounded on the ground for a total of 2,624 yards and 33 touchdowns. Scoring just 37 TD Offensively last season, no wonder we had a losing record. Going against a team like Hawaii, everyone knows time management is a key. The offense is capable of scoring very quickly, so the fewer touches the offense gets, the better chance the other team has to stay close or win. We got pounded by Wisconsin for 301yd and 7TD, Navy 248yd and 2TD..Yes, these 2 schools are traditional running teams, so lets look what teams from the WAC did: Nevada- 312yd 2TD, Boise- 193yd 1TD, Idaho- 194yd 4TD, Fresno- 277yd 4TD, Louisiana Tech- 352yd 3TD. Its a trend that WAC teams are running on us because it seems we cant stop it. Will it change this year? 

 This years defensive team looks good on paper, and should be good if they can stay healthy. DE Paipai Falemalu, Elliott Purcell, Liko Satele all had playing time last season and The Advertiser is projecting that Charleston Southern transfer Kamalu Umu will be starting opposite of Paipai Falemalu. DT also has a good rotation with Vaughn Meatoga, Haku Correa, Geordon Hanohano and Kanilea Tuipulotu who has returned to the islands and was a beast on the Kahuku DL. With Blaze Soares leaving a new face needs to be made in the LB department. Last season Corey Paredes started and Brashton Satele is coming back for another year, so only strong-side LB is up for competition. Brashton is a unique athlete standing at 6'1 246lbs and running a 4.59/4.6 40yd time at UH Pro Day, he should be a force if he stays healthy. Davis, Bryant, Spencer and Silva should be improved and  solidify the secondary. We know some of them can rush the passer, but can they stop the run? 

In less than 5 months, we will find out. And what better competition to prove it against, than the USC Trojans. Do you think the Warriors will be able to do it?