By Stephen Tsai
Here's the depth chart UH released yesterday afternoon:
> Quarterback: 1) Ikaika Woolsey or Jeremy Higgins. 3) Taylor Graham.
> Running back: 1) Joey Iosefa. 2) Steven Lakalaka or Diocemy Saint Juste.
> X receiver: 1) Marcus Kemp. 2) Vasquez Haynes.
> Z receiver: 1) Keith Kirkwood. 2) Ammon Barker.
> Tight end: 1) Harold Moleni. 2) Jordan Pu‘u-Robinson.
> F (slotback/fullback/H-back): 1) Quinton Pedroza, Scott Harding or Justin Vele. 4) Donnie King, Samson Anguay or Penitito Faalologo.
> Left tackle: 1) Ben Clarke. 2) Frank Loyd Jr.
> Left guard: 1) Elijah Tupai or Dejon Allen. 3) Sean Shigematsu.
> Center: 1) Kody Afusia. 2) Brenden Urban.
> Right guard: 1) Dave Lefotu. 2) Kory Rasmussen.
> Right tackle: 1) John Wa‘a. 2) RJ Hollis.
> End: 1) Beau Yap. 2) Luke Shawley.
> Nose tackle: 1) Moses Samia. 2) Marcus Malepeai.
> End: 1) Kennedy Tulimasealii. 2) Niko Uti or Tui Unga.
> Outside linebacker: 1) Jeremy Castro. 2) Lance Williams.
> Inside linebacker: 1) Tevita Lataimua. 2) Benneton Fonua.
> Inside linebacker: 1) Jerrol Garcia-Williams. 2) Julian Gener.
> Outside linebacker: 1) TJ Taimatuia. 2) David Manoa.
> Cornerback: 1) Ne'Quan Phillips. 2) Barry Higdon.
> Safety: 1) Marrell Jackson. 2) Keelan Ewaliko or Kawika Borden.
> Safety: 1) Trayvon Henderson. 2) Michael Martin.
> Cornerback: 1) Dee Maggitt. 2) Anthony Pierce.
> Kicker: 1) Tyler Hadden. 2) Ceejay Santos.
> Punter: 1) Ruben Guzman or Scott Harding.
> Long-snapper: 1) Kawika Borden. 2) Brodie Nakama.
> Short-snapper: 1) Brodie Nakama. 2) Kawika Borden.
> Punt returner: 1) Scott Harding. 2) Quinton Pedroza.
> Kickoff returner: 1) Diocemy Saint Juste. 2: Quinton Pedroza.
> Somebody will have to take the first snap of training camp — Woolsey is the guess here — but don't expect a No. 1 quarterback to be named until at least the second week of training camp. That will give Taylor Graham, Beau Reilly and, perhaps, a transfer, a final audition.
> It appears two second-year freshmen, Wa‘a and the Tupai/Allen winner, will be in the opening lineup.
> Even since high school, the belief was Rasmussen was better suited for offense. His work in spring proved it was the right choice to move from defensive line.
> Spring is about experimenting, which is why Yap got a pretty good look at outside linebacker. In the end, at his size, Yap does his best work on the line of scrimmage. And he still can drop into coverage, if needed.
> Two overlooked players the past year — Taimatuia at outside, Lataimua on the inside — thrived in the new 3-4 system and seized top spots on the depth chart.