February 24, 2022 // University of Hawaii Football // By: Jarin Kobashigawa
Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes discuss their outlook on the Rainbow Warrior’s 2022 season schedule which will start with a game at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletic Complex on August 27th against Vanderbilt University. Helle and Hughes also have a conversation about a few Power 5 transfers that were announced by the players, but not yet confirmed by the University. The list of transfers includes Kahuku graduate and former 3-star recruit Micah Mariteragi (OG), McKenzie Barnes (DB) from the University of Arizona, and Jojo Forest (DB) from Oregon State University.
Overall, Helle and Hughes see a fun 2022 season schedule laid out for the University of Hawaiʻi Rainbow Warriors. The ‘Bows will face 5 non-conference teams, 3 at home and two away, before any Mountain West Conference teams. The optimistic perspective from Helle and Hughes puts Hawaii around 3-2 after the first five games. After a bye week, the Warriors head into 8-straight weeks of conference play, starting with San Diego State.
Looking at the in-conference schedule, there’s a little story that is brewing for the final game of the 2022 season, which is against San Jose State, the new home for former UH QB Chevan Cordeiro. Depending on how their seasons go, the two teams could possibly be playing for more than just the Dick Tomi Legacy Trophy. The early one drawback to this potentially juicy ending to the 2022 season is that this game will take place at San Jose State and not at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex.
Power 5 Transfers
The 2022 roster is still taking shape and with the implementation of the transfer portal, players will continue to be available in the spring and summer. Coach Timmy Chang continues to develop the funnel of local players by bringing home Mariteragi, the 6’3″ Offensive Line-man from Kahuku. In general, Hughes said when Power 5 transfers come to the University of Hawaii, they usually play a half-step ahead and benefit from having some playing experience at some of the highest levels of college football.
Shout out to Tamua Tuinei, a former defensive back at UH. Jordan will be seeing Tamua at his show in Maui
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