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2011 Spring Roster
2011 Projected Depth Chart (may change)
With a school-produced All-America campaign in the works, Bryant Moniz just had to work on his leadership skills this spring. The real battle was for No. 2, which went to incumbent Shane Austin. David Graves, who moonlighted at safety last year, earned the No. 3 job — a key future position because Moniz and Austin will be seniors this fall.
Three of four starting receivers completed their eligibility last season, including record-setting slots Greg Salas and Kealoha Pilares. Billy Ray Stutzmann, a converted wideout, and Miah Ostrowski, who spent the first three months of the year playing point guard for the basketball 'Bows, exit spring training as the No. 1 slotbacks. Donnie King, Corey Paclebar and Justin Clapp are competing for backup slot roles, although the jobs won't be closed until after slotback Promise Amadi's arrival in June. Right wideout Royce Pollard, the lone returning starter, and Darius Bright are atop the depth chart on the outside. But Allen Sampson, who is moving from slotback, is now a full-time wideout. Offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich said right wideout Cecil Doe, a junior college transfer, deserves "a look" in training camp.
Sterling Jackson, who goes on scholarship in August, is the No. 1 back. Joey Iosefa, a converted linebacker, played well in the first nine spring practices before suffering a bruised thigh. He did not play in the Hilo scrimmage or the Warrior Bowl.
The five who started in the Hawaii Bowl have finished their eligibility, and left tackle Austin Hansen, who started 12 games, remains on NCAA suspension. Clayton Laurel has a slight lead over Jordan Loeffler at left tackle. Levi Legay and Sean Shigematsu are in a dead heat at right tackle. Brett Leonard and Matagisila Lefiti are assured starting jobs, although it has not been decided who will play left guard or center. Leonard has been better at left guard, where Rolovich described him as playing like "a mad dog." Chauncy Winchester-Makainai can play four line positions, but right now he is the No. 1 right guard.
Led by Vaughn Meatoga and Kaniela Tuipulotu, the Warriors have a strong five-man rotation at the two tackle positions. A sixth candidate is Moses Samia, who has abandoned plans to play baseball. Paipai Falemalu has earned a starting job at end. Liko Satele was set to win the other No. 1 spot when he suffered a forearm injury during the second week of spring training. Ends Marcus Malepeai, Beau Yap, Alasi Toilolo and Alema Tachibana have been impressive in controlled scrimmages. The sleeper is 6-5 freshman Desmond Dean. "He has a great get-off," defensive coordinator Dave Aranda said. "He has long strides. He's able to eat up a lot of grass. And he has a great motor."
With Corey Paredes, a co-captain and last year's leading tackler, sitting out spring drills recovering from shoulder surgery, the Warriors have had to practice with seven linebackers. Art Laurel and Darryl McBride have worked at the elephant, a hybrid position that involves lining up as a pass-rusher or run defender on the line of scrimmage, or dropping into pass coverage. George Daily-Lyles has played more aggressively this spring — he had two sacks in the Warrior Bowl — and should play extensively. Aaron Brown has emerged as an every-down player. Jordan Monico, who moved from running back, made interceptions in the Hilo scrimmage and the Warrior Bowl.
Safety Richard Torres is the lone returning starter. Kenny Estes, who has had an injury-filled career, has practiced as the No. 1 free safety. Tank Hopkins, who redshirted last year because of a hernia-like condition, has been a shutdown corner this spring. John Hardy-Tuliau, who played the nickelback position known as quarter as a freshman in 2010, is the No. 1 right cornerback. Kamalani Alo has succeeded Hardy-Tuliau at quarter. Aranda said things could change when safety Brandon Leslie and cornerback Mike Edwards join this summer.
The kicking competition among Tyler Hadden, Kyle Niiro and Kenton Chun will extend into the summer. McMackin said all three are expected to be invited to training camp in August. Samson Anguay, a grayshirt who enrolled at UH full-time in January, is the leading contender to return punts.
Great job on this.
Hawaii is always a fun watch.
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