- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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2010 overall record: 10-4
2010 conference record: 7-1 WAC (co-champs)
Offense 3, defense 6, punter/kicker 1
WR Greg Salas, WR Kealoha Pilares, FS Mana Silva, RB Alex Green
2010 statistical leaders (* denotes returners)
Rushing: Green (1,199 yards, 18 TDs)
Passing: Moniz* (361-of-555 for 5,040 yards, 39 TDs, 15 INTs)
Receiving: Salas (1,889 yards, 14 TDs)
Tackles: Paredes* (151)
Sacks: Aaron Brown*, Paipai Falemalu* (five each)
Interceptions: Silva (eight)
1. Talent at receiver. There are plenty of candidates to help fill the big shoes of Pilares and Salas. Jeremiah Ostrowski and Billy Ray Stutzmann appear to be the front-runners to replace them with Corey Paclebar, Justin Clapp and Donnie King Jr. in the mix as well. Allen Sampson could be a playmaker at wideout, too.
2. Hadden at kicker. Redshirt freshman Tyler Hadden emerged as the front-runner to replace Scott Enos at kicker. He is going to have to step up immediately -- Enos set the single-season school record for points by a kicker with 122 and made all 105 of his extra-point attempts.
3. New hybrid end/linebacker. Many teams have gone with this hybrid position. Hawaii is calling it “elephant” and has someone in mind to play it on specific downs. Linebacker Art Laurel had a great spring, and appears to be the perfect fit at the hybrid spot. He had three sacks in the spring game.
1. Revamped offensive line. The Warriors lost four starters on the offensive line, including three who started every game last season and one who had 21 career starts. It’s going to be important for that line to come together quickly to give Moniz time to throw.
2. Another 1,000 yard rusher? Hawaii is known for its passing offense, but Green surpassed 1,000 yards rushing in 2011 and notched the highest total in school history. Redshirt freshmen Joey Iosefa and John Lister are the only returning running backs on scholarship, so this could be an area where a true freshman could contribute.
3. Another 5,000-yard season for Moniz? Hawaii has some talented receivers who can step up for Pilares and Salas, but will that translate into another 5,000-yard season for Moniz? Fans have to hope the Moniz of the regular season, and not the one in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, is who they get for 2011.