Rainbow Warriors preparing for whatever BYU brings

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The University of Hawaii is renewing it’s rivalry with BYU in Provo, Utah tomorrow. The teams won’t play again until 2024.

The Rainbow Warriors are coming off that big win last week to improve to 6-1 this season, the best record at this point in a season since 2007. BYU is 3-3 this year, and has won ten of the last 11 games in this series, including all nine on their home field. 

There are talks in Provo this week that Cougars senior quarterback Tanner Magnum could be replaced for the debut of their true freshman quarterback.

“I think the freshman looked good in his drive,” said Hawaii head coach Nick Rolovich. “We recruited him. He’s a good player. He can run a little by and it looked like he knew what he was doing throwing the ball. I don’t think the offense changes a lot with the two quarterbacks. It’s really just getting our assignments sound and be able to execute.”

“Of course we see (number) 11 as both a running threat and a throwing threat,” said senior linebacker Jahlani Tavai. “As long as we just stick to our keys and play assignment sound then we should be fine. They have a lot of formations that we got to adjust to. So we have to make sure that we have our eyes right and just perfect our craft. All we’re thinking about is just begging one and oh this week. But like I said take it day by day because there’s a lot of stuff that we have to adjust to when it comes to the offense so we just got to live in the moment right now.”

“It doesn’t really change, maybe it’s a little colder, maybe it has some altitude, this team, it doesn’t matter to them,” said Rolovich. “Our guys just want to go out and play. And it’ll be a great environment.”

Kickoff tomorrow is at 4:15pm Hawaii time, on ESPN2.

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