By Stephen Tsai
All signs point to Luke Matthews being promoted from graduate assistant in charge of receivers to full-time coach. When that happens, here's what it means:
> Continuity: With three newcomers to the full-time staff — defensive coordinator Kevin Clune, linebacker coach Kurt Gouveia and running back coach Wayne Moses — Matthews offers a measure of stability. He knows the system and the players; the players know him. Matthews, quarterback coach Jordan Wynn and receiver Quinton Pedroza were teammates at Utah. What's more, head coach Norm Chow was the Utes' offensive coordinator in 2011.
> By the numbers: Under Matthews, the Warriors showed statistical improvement from 2012 in yards-per-reception (12.2 from 11.0), touchdown catches (31 from 12), and "big plays" of 25 receiving yards or more (43 from 15). Each of those stats was the second-most since 2008. Last year, the Warriors had 27 drops in the first nine games, but only two in 79 passes in the final three games. The Warriors yards-after-catch average was 5.86.
> Youth movement: Cal Lee, who returned to Saint Louis School after more than a decade, noted that one of the big changes is most college recruiters to Hawaii appear to be in their 20s. Matthews, who is 24, joins the receivers in post-practice sprints and often demonstrates routes and techniques. "I never had a young coach like that," said wideout Vasquez Haynes, who transferred from Blinn College last July. "Over the days, over the months, I was willing to learn, and he showed me a lot. I have much respect for him. He's done a great job. He relates to us."
> Inspiration: Matthews is a type-1 diabetic who wore an insulin pump when he played for the Utes. He's a good example, especially for youths with diabetes, that there are restrictions but no limits.