By Stephen Tsai
In the figurative sense, Ikaika Woolsey has set the bar high in the hope of winning the Rainbow Warriors' quarterback competition.
In the literal sense, Woolsey has set the bar heavier. Woolsey has been lifting weights with the linemen during offseason conditioning drills.
UH coach Norm Chow and quarterbacks coach Jordan Wynn have opened the competition at quarterback. Woolsey was credited with two starts last year. (Against San Jose State, Woolsey opened at quarterback while quarterback Sean Schroeder was aligned as a receiver.)
Taylor Graham, who started the first three games in 2013, is recovering from surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder, but is expected to be available for spring training in April.
Jeremy Higgins is entering his fourth year in the UH program.
Adonis Phillips, UH's only walk-on quarterback, was used on the scout team last year.
Beau Reilly, who signed with Colorado State before going on a two-year church mission, joins the Warriors this summer. He will have five years to play four seasons.
Max Wittek, who plans to transfer after earning his USC degree in May, will visit Texas this weekend. He is considering whether to visit Hawaii the following weekend. Wittek will not have to redshirt, and will have two years to play two seasons.
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There are at least three other FBS players looking to transfer who have contacted UH.
Recruiting is a work in progress.