Further review: Hawaii

Some more observations after watching the game on DVR:

Sophomore quarterback Trent Steelman appeared to injure his left shoulder, landing awkwardly on a run to the left on Army’s second series of the second half. Steelman played through the series and took another shot to the shoulder on the second play of the next drive when he was stopped at the 1-yard line. Army coach Rich Ellerson said Steelman wanted to go back in the game but was held out by Army trainers. Ellerson also said he expects Steelman to bounce back.

Senior middle linebacker Kingsley Ehie, a converted fullback, saw his first action on defense. Ehie played the second and fourth defensive series of the game in place of senior captain Stephen Anderson.

Hawaii had a positive play on five of the eight times Army blitzed in the first half.

Counted six key blocks by slotback Pat Mealy including one on each of Malcolm Brown’s touchdowns. His peers call Mealy, the toughest player on the team. They are right.

Army may have a new play for defenses to plan for. Fullback Jared Hassin took an option pitch right for six yards in the fourth quarter. Haven’t seen that one.

Freshman Raymond Maples twisted his right ankle on his first college carry – a 12-yard gain, in the second quarter and didn’t return.

Hawaii did a good job of preventing Army from big plays on the edge. Army had just one carry for 10 of more yards on carries by slotbacks outside the tackles. Army had seven at Eastern Michigan last week.

Freshman defensive end Quentin Kantaris played one series in place of Josh McNary and drew a holding penalty on his first play.

Junior linebacker Chad Littlejohn didn’t play after making seven tackles at Eastern Michigan. The reason? Army used five defensive backs all game.

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