Like several of the other University of Hawaii quarterbacks in camp, Justin Uahinui is learning his third offensive system in as many years.
The second-year freshman walk-on from Farrington played in a version of the West Coast offense as a Govs senior and learned the RPO (run-pass option) last year at UH. Now, it’s the run-and-shoot.
“We were run-heavy (in high school),” he said. “A lot of people were surprised I continued at quarterback (in college), but I get a lot of support from the Farrington community.”
Uahinui remembers being about 8 or 9 years old in 2007 when UH went undefeated in the regular season. He was inspired to become a quarterback because of the Warriors’ proficiency in the run-and-shoot.
The coaching staff has not announced any ranking of the quarterbacks, but Uahinui was not among the three getting team reps Tuesday. He knows the odds are against him winning the starting position, but Uahinui is intent on continuing to put forth his best effort.
“There’s five of us right now. There’s a lot of competition, a lot of great guys,” the communications major said. “We’re all studying the plays, getting used to this new offense.”