The University of Hawai’i football team plays the eighth bowl game in school history on December 22nd. On Saturday, they got back on the practice field.
The Rainbow Warriors players have had a few days off to recharge, but now that they are officially in the Hawai’i Bowl, the team held a short practice on Saturday morning. UH has the fairly unique opportunity to host a bowl game in their own stadium. The ‘bows are just happy this season is still going.
“It’s exciting to be back out here knowing that we’re playing and preparing for a bowl game,” explained Junior wide receiver John Ursua. “This was our goal at the beginning of the year. And so we’re excited to be back out here for another opportunity to play and play in front of our home crowd. It’s been really fun.”
“The energy is high,” said Sophomore defensive back Eugene Ford. “Everybody is excited to get back to it. We were on that five day break. And now we know what we’re playing for. We’re playing for that ring. Playing to stay on top and win this Hawaii Bowl. Everybody got that mindset to just win, come out and dominate and compete.”
Head coach Nick Rolovich took the temperature of his team as they walked out to the practice field. He wanted to see what the groups mindset was.
“What I asked a few guys is, ‘how are you feeling about this walk?’ You’re either excited to get out here on this grass field and practice or it’s a bear. And everyone had a little pep in their step and we’re excited to get back out with each other. We didn’t practice very long but this team treasures every moment it gets with each other.”
Conference USA’s Louisianna Tech will be Hawai’i’s opponent in three weeks. It will be aired on ESPN.