Hawai’i Bowl – Dec 22

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (8-5)  vs  Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (7-5)

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HAWAII  |  MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE

Coach:  Nick Rolovich

Hawaii Players to watch:

Senior WR John Ursua  (5-10/185)

 Ursua, a junior from Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i, is of Hawaiian ancestry.
Photo:  Hawaii Athletics

Ursua, a finalist for the Polynesian Player of the Year, leads the country in touchdown receptions (16) and ranks fifth in receiving yards (1,343), total touchdowns (17) and receiving yards per game (103.3).

*Junior DE Kaimana Padello  (6-0/205)

Padello leads the Warriors in sacks (7.5) and tackles-for-loss (11.5). The Mililani, O’ahu native also recorded 22 tackles with one forced fumble and was the recipient of the team’s Ben Yee Most Inspirational Player award.

**Sophomore QB Cole McDonald  (6-4/205)

McDonald, the team’s offensive MVP, has thrown for 3,790 yards and 35 touchdowns on the year and ranks among the nation’s Top 10 in six categories.

Senior DE Zeno Choi  (6-3/280)

Choi, a senior from Honolulu and the team’s Defensive Captain recipient, has 34 tackles on the year, including 5.0 for loss and two sacks. 

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LOUISIANA TECH  |  CONFERENCE USA

Coach:  Skip Holtz

Louisiana Tech Players to watch:

Senior DE  Jaylon Ferguson  (6-5/260)

LA Tech DE Jaylon Ferguson needs 2.5 sacks to set a new Div I sack record.
Photo:  Shreveport Times

Ferguson’s 15 sacks in 2018 is tied for the nation’s lead, while his 23.5 tackles for loss this year ranks first in C-USA and third in the country. Through 12 games, he has recorded 59 total tackles (33 solo), while also totaling nine quarterback hurries, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles as a senior.

**Sophomore CB Amik Robertson  (5-9.172)

Robertson followed up his Freshman All-American season by totaling 57 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions and 12 pass break-ups. Robertson also had three QB hurries, a forced fumble and recovery and two blocked kicks on the season.

Senior LT O’Shea Dugas  (6-5/350)

Dugas played in all 12 games this year, making 11 starts. He has made the most career starts of any Bulldog in his four years in Ruston (43). As a senior, Dugas has helped lead an offensive unit that ranks fourth in C-USA in red zone offense and tackles for loss allowed. (Update: Dugas did NOT make the trip due to violation of team policy.)

**Sophomore WR Adrian Hardy  (6-2/195)

Hardy leads the team with 69 catches for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns, while he ranks in the top 25 nationally in receiving yards and receiving yards per game (87.7).

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SoFi Hawai’i Bowl
Louisiana Tech 31, Hawaii 14

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