After starting out 2-0, the Warriors went through a six game losing streak and suffered a tough tough setback losing senior QB Greg Alexander. The offense didn't score much but in last week's game against USU it looks like the Warriors have found their groove again on offense. What was the difference?
I think it was a combination of Bryant Moniz hitting his stride in his fifth start and the running game just going crazy. The offense hasn't looked that good since Washington State. Teams must now have more respect for the UH run game, which should help Moniz's development. He's been looking better with each game.
The defense seems to have played well the last couple of week holding a very high powered Nevada team to 31 points and then holding Utah State's rushing attack to just 102 yards net. What's been the key for the turnaround?
The defense has always had talent, but has been decimated by injuries this season. It's also a fairly young defense. I think just playing together throughout the course of the season has allowed them to gel. There's also been some new defensive packages introduced recently that seems to have had a good impact.
What will Aggie fans see when the Warriors have the ball and what can they expect to see when the Warriors are on defense?
When UH is on offense, you'll probably see a more balanced attack than in the past. I think the coaches, fans, players, etc. want to see if running backs Leon Wright-Jackson and Alex Green can pick up where they left off last week when they combined for 277 yards rushing. On defense, UH's base package is a 4-3, but they switch it up with nickels, dimes, and most recently a "dollar" package which includes seven or eight defensive backs, which they've used to get more speed on the field in passing situations.
Who are some key players to watch, who is the best player on offense and
defense for UH?
On offense: Greg Salas. He sort of got overshadowed last week by the rushing attack, but he is a steady, tough performer and is currently second in the nation in receiving yards per game.
On defense: Blaze Soares. He's had a relatively quiet year, getting his first sack of the season last week, but he leads the team in tackles with 68.
What does UH need to do to come out of this game with a win?
Just keep the offense chugging and don't turn the ball over. On defense, make some third down stops and get the crowd into it.
What does NMSU need to do to UH to come out with a win?
Force some turnovers and establish a running game. If NMSU can put together some long scoring drives and keep the UH offense off the field, they'll be in good shape.
Prediction and Final Score?
UH 38, NMSU 21