A closer look at the Rainbow Warriors' offense

Arizona will close the non-conference schedule with Hawaii on Saturday. Read on to find out more about the Rainbow Warriors' offense.

Arizona (1-1) will close the non-conference slate with a home game against Hawaii (1-2) on Saturday. The Rainbow Warriors have traveled across the globe, opening the season against California in Austrailia, playing Michigan in Ann Arbor, and taking on Tennessee Martin in Hawaii.

Throughout those games, Hawaii's offense has been very hit and miss, scoring north of thirty points twice and being held to a field goal in the other meeting.

The low score on the list came against Michigan on the road, but the Warriors were able to hang 31 on fellow Pac-12 middleweight California in the season opener. 

Arizona should match up well against Hawaii's offense thanks in part to the Warriors' lack of a solid passing game. Ikaika Woolsey will get the start under center, but he has been less than fantastic in the three games so far this season.

Woolsey has completed just over 50 percent of his passes for 527 yards and five touchdowns. However, he has also thrown five interceptions as well with three coming in last week's win over Tennessee Martin. He is firmly a pocket passer and isn't a threat to run at all. 

When Woolsey has been successful on the field he has been able to find his go-to receiver Marcus Kemp, The senior has been the best receiver on the team so far and it hasn't been close.

Kemp has caught 12 passes for 272 yards and four touchdowns. The six-foot-four playmaker is a threat to score every time Hawaii has the ball and should be treated as such by the Wildcats. 

While they have not been as successful, Dylan Collie and John Ursua have been the other two main targets. Collie has caught eight passes for 60 yards and Ursua has hauled in 7 catches for 92 yards.

The only other player who has a receiving touchdown outside of Kemp is tight end Metuisela 'Unga, who has one 36-yard touchdown catch. 

The other side of the Warriors' attack comes on the ground from a two-back system of Diocemy Saint Juste and Steven Lakalaka. The former has gotten the majority of the carries, but they have both split time in the backfield.

Saint Juste has carried the ball 42 times for an average of 75 yards per game and two touchdowns. Lakalaka has had his number called 30 times for a 57 yard average and two touchdowns. 

Hawaii has had mixed performances with both the running and passing games so far. Arizona will likely get a heavy dose of the passing attack since it has failed to stop that aspect of the opponents' game so far. If the Wildcats can stop the pass, Hawaii has no issues relying on the run as well.

Players to Watch:

#14, WR Marcus Kemp: The senior is averaging just under 100 yards per game and should be a major focal point for the Arizona defense that has struggled to stop the passing attack in two games. Kemp can make teams pay if they don't lock him down and the Wildcats will need to contain him if they hope to keep the number on the scoreboard low.  

#22, RB Diocemy Saint Juste: The running back has the speed to break away for big gains and will look to get large chunks of yards at a time. With the way Arizona tackled against Grambling State, Saint Juste might be one of the most dangerous weapons on the field for the Rainbow Warriors.

Keys to the Game:

Tackle on First Contact - Arizona has done a dreadful job of tackling in the first two games. Hawaii has a few weapons that can make Arizona pay with missed or broken tackles. The Wildcats need to wrap up and bring down the ball carrier with the first hit to limit the Warriors from gaining additional yardage.  

Tighten Coverage - With the struggles that Woolsey has had throwing the football so far this season, Arizona should play tight in coverage and not allow Woolsey or the receivers to get any rhythm at all. This could also force Hawaii to turn the ball over and change the momentum of the game.   


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