On Thursday, Hawaii head football coach Nick Rolovich announced that red-shirt senior Ikaika Woolsey will be the Rainbow Warriors’ starting quarterback when the season begins next week.
Rolovich took to Twitter to announce the decision.
“Ikaika will start at QB in our season opener,” Rolovich said tersely on the social media site.
Ikaika will start at QB in our season opener.
— Nick Rolovich (@NickRolovich) August 18, 2016
With Hawaii’s season opener against Cal in Australia just a little more than a week away, Rolovich kept naming his starter a secret for most of camp. Woolsey beat out Aaron Zwahlen and Dru Brown for the right to be starter, as Woolsey’s experience won out in the end.
Woolsey, a 6’1”, 215-pound senior signal caller from Rodeo, California is coming off a junior campaign in which he threw for 908 yards and five touchdowns to go with six interceptions, while starting five games. He mostly ceded his time to Max Wittek last season.
His sophomore season was more productive, as Woolsey threw for 2,548 yards and 13 touchdowns to go with 13 interceptions. For his career, Woolsey has thrown for 3,589 yards and 18 touchdowns with 22 interceptions.
Hawaii is coming off a discouraging 2015 campaign in which it went just 3-10 overall and winless (0-8) in the Mountain West Conference, with the Rainbow Warriors naturally finishing last in the West Division. The struggles of last season were the impetus to hire Rolovich—who once quarterbacked the team—as their new coach.
Ex-head coach Norm Chow went just 11-39 in four seasons with the Rainbow Warriors, while never once posting a winning record with the program.