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August 24, 2014 at 5:46 PM

First look: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

Hawaii quarterback Ikaika Woolsey (15) hands off to running back Steven Lakalaka (4) in a game last year in Honolulu. (Eugene Tanner/The Associated Press)

Hawaii quarterback Ikaika Woolsey (15) hands off to running back Steven Lakalaka (4) in a game last year in Honolulu. (Eugene Tanner/The Associated Press)

First glance: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

Coach: Norm Chow

Coaching record: 4-20 entering his third season at Hawaii.

Last season: Hawaii finished 1-11 in one of its worst seasons in program history.

The line: Huskies are favored by 15.5 points.

Star players: Sophomore Ikaika Woolsey won a three-man competition for the starting quarterback job. He made two starts last season, finishing the season 11 of 29 passing for 143 yards and three interceptions. He was also credited with 76 yards rushing on 26 carries. … Running back Joey Iosefa, a 6-foot, 245-pound senior, led the team with 590 yards rushing on 126 carries and five touchdowns in 2013, despite missing seven games with a foot injury. … Former Husky Taz Stephenson is expected to start at safety against UW. Stephenson, who had 24 tackles in three injury-plagued seasons with the Huskies, has been one of Hawaii’s top newcomers in fall camp. Because he had earned his undergraduate degree at UW, he became immediately eligible for his senior season at Hawaii. … Former USC quarterback Max Wittek was scheduled to arrive at Hawaii over the weekend; he will have to sit out a year after transferring. … Hawaii introduced a new defensive coordinator, former Utah State assistant Kevin Clune, in the offseason.

By the numbers:

42 — sacks allowed by Hawaii last season, 10 more than anyone else in the Mountain West Conference; only four teams in the nation allowed more.

494.7 — yards per game allowed by Hawaii last season; only eight teams in the nation allowed more.

146.5 — yards rushing per game by Iosefa in Hawaii’s final four games last season, after the running back returned from a broken foot.

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