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Know your enemy: watch Hawaii coach Greg McMackin's weekly press conference

Because of a mix-up, we didn't get a chance to talk to Hawaii head coach Greg McMackin on the WAC conference call. But the University of Hawaii records his press conference and it's been posted.

Here's a transcript of the presser.

Opening Statement…

We just had a chance to watch the video with the players and I am really proud of the players and coaches and they put a great effort in game plans and the players did a lot of good things. We can be a lot better football team but we can improve very much and again it's a coaching cliché but between your first and second game you will improve more than at any other point during the season. For us that is very true because we haven't had video for the entire pre-season. We had to film from the ground because we had a problem with our video situation, so the players and the coaches have a chance to see some good video and we are going to get better.

On quarterback Bryant Moniz having to scramble during passing plays…

Well it's not that everything didn't work during the passing game. We had one dropped ball. Our slots were doing the right thing, catching the ball. Everybody was in the right place, but we put some new things in, we put a sprint out in and we've had the option, but don't use it. We have the read option in because we knew that they were going to come after Mo, so a lot of his running, or most, yardage was by design. If they're playing man and doubling over people then his second read is to go. It's the same situation as (running back) Alex (Green) last year, if there doubling and they're watching the man then all you have to do is make one guy miss and you can go. That's what happened with Joey Iosefa in the screen. We had an idea that they were going to do the pro-type coverages which are doubling up and cutting to another guy. A lot of his yardage was by design. He did a great job, such a great competitor. We could have thrown the ball more, but we were getting it on the run and it's called the run and shoot and we proved it last year. We wanted to throw the ball and set up the run, but if we can get it on the run then we will take that too. He has the ability and he is faster than he has ever been so people aren't going to be able to do what they did in the past.

On the return of wide receiver Darius Bright and linebacker Aaron Brown after serving a one-game suspensions…

Well, Allen Sampson did a good job so it will be those two guys playing the receiver. Darius is a big receiver so he is a big target so they're going to share the position. They give us two different looks. Aaron Brown is going to make a difference. I felt that we played great defense. When a team talks every day about coming and running it down our throat, getting the first punch, and really focus in on being physical and our defense forced them to 17 yards (rushing), seven sacks, and they get 240 yards total. I know we are not getting a lot of credit down there. They sort of beat themselves in that but I'm going to credit our players for playing good defense and I want to give our players the credit.

On the play of the defensive ends…

Yeah, it’s real good. Liko Satele and Paipai (Falemalu) did a good job. Paipai had two sacks and (3) tackles for loss and Satele was just a force coming from the edge. Our defense up front dominated their offense up front completely.

On the play of running back Joey Iosefa…

I think he has great potential. He is a big guy and has a little wiggle to him but he is a big physical guy and that was his first college game he has ever played, he's a freshman. I think he is going to get better and better. From the screen, (he) made a good play and got into the endzone, that was a big touchdown for us.

On whether Aaron Brown and Darius Bright will start this week…

Aaron is going to start. To me, they served their punishment and they'll have some things to do. They're back on the football team. We handled it and its family business and we are going to do what we think is right and do what is right for our family and football team and that's where we are. Corey (Paredes) will move back to middle and Aaron will go back to his position. As far the outside receivers, Allen Sampson did a great job and Darius still has had that toe so they're still going to rotate. He is getting better but he will always have that so he is going to have to suck it up. Turf toe is really tough to get over so he is going to play hurt all year and that's all he has to do because rest is the only thing that helps it.

On UH's next opponent Washington…

They had a close game with Eastern Washington but I know how that goes and look at Oregon State and Sacramento State. I'm sure that Washington is going to be embarrassed by that game, but the thing is Eastern Washington is a better team than people think because they won the national championship in their division last year and are the favorites for this year. They all have chips on their shoulders because they are in the state of Washington and weren't picked to go to Washington so that gets you jacked up right there. I watched the game several times and they are outstanding and Washington is going to be ready to play us because they aren't going to let that happen again, we will be ready to play.

On whether UH will continue using the dual option offense…

That's just another phase that our offense has come to. If you remember back to the Georgia game, we didn't have anything to go to, so our quarterback just stood there and got drilled. If we are having some problems on the edge now we will be able to fix that.

On Washington's offense…

Washington has a great running back and they got a quarterback that really forces the corner and they've got better personnel than Colorado does (that's) our assumption. They have a lot of plays and all kinds of plays, so the most important thing for us is to line up. We will face teams like this, but it just surprises me because he has a USC background and we thought that he would be more like a Colorado type of team. They get into spreads and empty and all kinds of things, so we just got to get our guys to be ready to line up and then go make plays.

On the play of transfer cornerback Mike Edwards…

Yeah, he played really well. He missed a couple of tackles that he has to improve on, but he covered pretty well. On the other side, Tank (Hopkins) had the guy covered from the outside but didn't have position on the first one but had him perfectly covered on the second one but either the guy was a great thrower and threw it behind and the guy made the catch.

On the play of the special teams unit…

I am really excited about our special teams. We did several things that were interesting. Number one is that we punted 42.5 yards a kick and they had no return against us and that was our goal going into the game, punt over 40 with no return. Also, I am not sure of the number, I think its 50, in kickoff return and if you think of that, we kicked off however many times, but our kickoff team was down there and getting after things. Our punt return, we have a very talented guy that catches everything and that was the first time he ever played American football so he is just going to get better and better, talking about Scott Harding. So, I am excited about our special teams and we can get better. That's exciting to me is that we won our first game, against a “name” team and they have a good coaching staff, a pro coaching staff, and got them ready to play, we got a win under our belt and get six more to get to a bowl game and we can get better. We found many things that we can get better on so that is exciting to me.

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