The Warrior Beat

Spring ball, part 2

April 3rd, 2014

Weather was nice. People were pleasant. Everyone got along today.

Here are the highlights from today's practice:

> Ikaika Woolsey got the majority of reps with the first-team offense this morning. Don't take anything from that. UH remains faithful to a schedule that will extend the quarterback competition through this summer. But Woolsey made some nice throws, in the pocket and on the run, and also benefitted from solid line play. Left tackle Elijah Tupai and right tackle John Wa‘a are raw — they made a couple of mistakes — but quite talented. The edge-blocking positions will be competitive.

> Remember how open opposing tight ends used to be on routes across the middle. Tui Unga, a block-and-release guy, is that sort of tight end. He's big (6-5, 260), agile and is a reliable receiver.

> Joey Iosefa impressed with his downfield quickness; he ran a couple of deep streak routes. He also showed he could accelerate after the catch.

> Running back Jason Muraoka is proving to be a back similar to the NFL's Danny Woodhead.

> Beau Yap and Jeremy Castro have made an easy transition into outside linebackers — hybrids in the new 3-4. Each has the flexibility to align on the line of scrimmage or in pass coverage. In team drills, Yap nearly had an interception on Tuesday and he soared to deflect a pass this morning.

> Trayvon Henderson might be the answer to who will start at safety opposite Marrell Jackson this fall.

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