Hawaii Players to Watch

Hawaii is no Michigan State - or San Diego State - or heck, even Fresno State. But like all our opponents this year, they are a Division 1A squad. They do field 11 guys at a time. And you can be sure they have had our game circled on their calendars all year. Hawaii, like it or not, is fully capable of beating us. Consider: we have to travel across 3 time zones. We have just come off our most emotionally draining loss since the Nevada Nightmare two years ago. We have critical injuries and suspensions. In short, we are vulnerable.

This is where solid coaching comes into play. Solid coaching ensures our boys don't lose focus. Solid coaching ensures our boys respect every opponent. Solid coaching ensures our boys are motivated to fight, to play, to move on to another day.

Of Hawaii's top four players, all are on Defense.

Anchoring the Warrior's Defensive Line is Paipai Falemalu. I wouldn't want to line up against Mr. Falemalu. I would fall-on-my-boo.

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Just behind Paipai is Art Laurel at Linebacker. This ain't no joke: Mr. Laurel is a Hardy Hearty boy!

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Defending against the pass are two defensive backs, one of whom also returns kicks (Mike Edwards). Warrior fans get their kicks watching Mr. Edwards make his picks.

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Backing up Mr. Laurel is his trusty sidekick Mr. Hardy(-Tulieu). You didn't think I was gonna let that one slide did ya'? They'll do their best to make our offense look funny. Here's hoping the joke's on them.

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As usual, here's hoping each team plays to its true potential, all players have fun, everyone treats each other with respect and good sportsmanship, all fans are well-behaved, no player on either side gets seriously injured, and of course... our Broncos end up with a victory!

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Note: Every week, Boise State will face well-prepared athletes who want nothing more than to beat our Broncos. This weekly series examines the premier athletes from each team: players who could - in one play - determine the outcome of the game. Watching how well these impact players perform during the game may provide insight into which game plan Coach Pete is implementing and how well we are neutralizing their strengths. Hopefully, such knowledge increases your cheering pleasure. Go Broncos!

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