And so it begins, wheeeeeeee.
I was all for Ikaika Woolsey starting this fall after a solid spring performance, but we have seen nothing but inconsistencies from the Sophomore since he took over as QB1 in August. Woolsey has completely a measly 45% of his passes for just about 800 yards through the first five games. He didn't throw a touchdown pass until the third game of the season against Northern Iowa, which is the only win Hawaii has on their resume for 2014. On top of the poor stat line, the offense itself has just looked awful with Woolsey behind center. The Warriors are averaging under 20.0 points per game this year, and ranked near the bottom of almost every offensive category in the nation.
As I expected, Coach Norm Chow looks to be mixing things up at Quarterback this weekend, with Taylor Graham taking reps with the first team this week before Hawaii welcomes Wyoming to Honolulu this Saturday.
In normal Chow fashion, he most likely won't announce the starter until it's closer to, or is, game day. Which in this case, I would say he's probably smart to keep his decision under wraps. Woolsey and Graham and a definite contrast of styles when it comes being a quarterback. Woolsey is definitely the more mobile of the two, throwing on the run more often than not, while Graham stays in the pocket for the most part. It'll keep the Wyoming defense in the dark on what they'll need to prepare for this Saturday.
Graham, an Ohio State transfer, made his debut as starter in his first game at Hawaii last season against USC, where he completed 39% of his passes and threw four picks in the 'Bows 30-13 loss to open 2013. He would start two more games before sustaining a shoulder injury in the third game against Nevada.
Now, at what I assume is 100%, Graham will look to atone for his terrible start to his Hawaii career, and could have the opportunity to get this team back to its' winning ways before it's too late. Even if Woolsey is named starter, I expect Graham to see the field a significant amount of time. Someone has to lead this offense, and if Woolsey can't continue to do so, give the job to Graham. He can't do much worse, right?