This is the original article, taken directly from the University of Hawaii’s Athletic website:
“Several University of Hawai’i football team members were recognized on Phil Steele’s preseason All-Mountain West teams which will appear in the magazine’s 2013 College Football Preview which hits newsstands June 18.
Five Warriors were mentioned on the preseason’s all-MW first, second, third, and fourth teams, including first teamer Scott Harding (PR).
In addition, linebacker Art Laurel and defensive back John Hardy-Tuliau were selected to the second team while wide receiver Billy Ray Stutzmann and defensive lineman Tavita Woodard were picked to the third team.
Last season, Harding ranked 13th nationally and second in the MW with a 12.8 punt return average. The junior from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia also ranked second on the team with 20 receptions and second with 321 receiving yards and a team-best 16.0 yards per reception.
Laurel, a senior from Wahiawa, O’ahu, was named to Phil Steele’s all-MW third team after finishing with 51 total tackles, including 13.5 for loss, and four sacks. He tied for 31stnationally and first in the MW in tackles-for-loss.
Hardy-Tuliau, a senior from Temecula, Calif., tied for fifth in the MW with three interceptions. He ranked fifth on the team with 42 total tackles, including 3.0 for loss and seven passes defended. He was the MW’s defensive player of the week after recording six tackles, two interceptions, and two pass breakup in a win over UNLV.
Stutzmann, a senior from Honolulu, was the team’s leading receiver in receptions (35) and yards (447) and averaged 12.8 yards per reception. He ranked 10th in the MW in both receptions per game (3.5) and yards per game (44.7) and enters the 2013 season having caught a pass in 23 straight games dating back to his freshman season.
Woodard, a senior from Honolulu, was an honorable mention all-MW pick in 2012. He was also named to Phil Steele’s all-MW third team after tying for sixth in the league with 5.5 sacks. He also recorded 38 total tackles, one interception, and three quarterback hurries.
The Warriors open the 2013 season by hosting USC, Thursday, Aug. 29 at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium.”
Now the first thing I feel compelled to say is that I think Phil Steele is an idiot. Or maybe idiot is too strong of a word. He just…likes to tout himself. I made the mistake of buying his magazine two years in a row and found that even if they were thick, there was not a whole lot of original content in them. Instead it was pages and pages of Phil telling us how great he was for getting these random predictions correct (if I see one more time, for example, Phil preening about how he predicted UH would go 9-4 in 1999 I’m going to buy a bunch of copies just to burn them.)
That’s my way of recommending that you take what Phil says with a grain of salt. The other? The fact that of all the people from UH who made first team all conference, it was Scott Harding. Not that Scott isn’t a good player. But all conference punt returner? Really Phil? One of the reasons I’m not a big fan of preview magazines is that they really don’t do any research at all, instead just blindly following the statistics from last year (if we’re lucky.) In Scott’s case, even if the stats might support his position, our lack of upperclass depth at wideout means that he might be seeing less time returning kicks and more time lining up to catch passes from Taylor Graham, especially after Trevor Davis decided to transfer. These are things you don’t see by looking at the numbers and are why these magazines should reach out to individual fan sites to help get their input on the outlook for the upcoming season. Where better to get data from than a primary source? That is assuming that you care about doing a good job and not just selling copies. In any case, as soon as I saw that the Athletics website was relying on Phil for this info I immediately disregarded it as trash. I’ve presented it here to allow you to decide for yourself how much weight to give it.