Another offense that lost quite a few talented playmakers and was never really able to match the production that was expected coming in. Despite losing a 1,200-yard back in Alex Green and two 1,300-yard+ receivers in Greg Salas and Kealoha Pilares, much was anticipated of the Warriors’ offense because of QB Bryant Moniz. The senior ended up having to do much by himself too, as the running game had a difficult time matching the kind of output of previous season. But this is a pass-first offense right? Everything should work out just fine? Well, it’s not that simple. And the 2011 Hawaii offense proved that to be the case.
Biggest Surprise- Billy Ray Stutzmann, Sophomore Wide Receiver
This isn’t the biggest shocker considering Stutzmann was projected to be a starting wideout, but seeing as that he only had 130 total receiving yards in his career, the numbers he put up were pretty solid. The first-year starter finished with 78 receptions for 910 yards, good for second on the team behind Royce Pollard. The door really opened for Stutzmann when Darius Bright ran into issues that caused him not to participate with the team. That being said, Stutzmann took full advantage of the opportunity he was given and should be good for 1,000 yards in each of his last two seasons with the team.
Biggest Disappointment- Bryant Moniz, Senior Quarterback
This selection is a bit different then say, Dominique Davis at East Carolina. While Moniz still didn’t produce to the level many expected, the senior’s season was cut short by injury which is the probably the main reason his final stats look a bit underwhelming. That being said, Moniz was typically drafted within the top 3-5 picks of most fantasy drafts and 22 TD passes is not good enough at that spot. In 8 of the 10 games that Moniz participated in, he had two or fewer TD passes which is far from what most anticipate out of a Hawaii quarterback. The only game that really saved his season was a seven-touchdown performance against UC-Davis. Without that performance, his numbers would have been downright ugly.
Big changes are in store for Hawaii as they will move to a more traditional pro-style offense with Norm Chow now at the helm. That means the running backs could play a bigger role now at Hawaii. Unfortunately, there really aren’t many standout options at the position. Joey Iosefa and Sterling Jackson will get the first cracks at landing the starting role. While also no standout players at the wideout, there are plenty of reliable, steady options to work with in Stutzmann, Jeremiah Ostrowski, Justin Clapp and potentially Darius Bright if he keeps his head on straight. Bright has the most potential of any of the Warrior pass-catchers. David Graves should get the first opportunity to start at quarterback, but that competition should be wide open going into camp.