One of the good things about yesterday’s dress rehearsal/scrimmage was it showed the impact of the 2016 recruiting class, Nick Rolovich’s first as head coach.
It is remarkable how quickly Rolovich was able to assemble a staff (he was hired in late November 2015) and then the staff assembling a recruiting class.
Seven members of the class were on No. 1 units yesterday:
> Quarterback Dru Brown
> Offensive lineman Fred Ulu-Perry (who transferred from UCLA)
> Weak-side linebacker Jeremiah Pritchard
> Cornerback Zach Wilson (who rotates with Manu Hudson-Rasmussen)
> Right guard Chris Posa (a graduate transfer from Alabama)
> Defensive tackle Viane Moala
> Punter/holder Stan Gaudion
> Cole McDonald and Cole Brownholtz are the top backups to Brown.
> Freddie Holly scored on a 63-yard run yesterday.
> Ikem Okeke, who is rotating between strong-side linebacker and rover, intercepted a pass and dropped a potential pick-6.
> Rush end Kaimana Padello made a sack and knocked down a pass to the flat yesterday.
> Wideout Marcus Armstrong-Brown, who joined in January after originally signing in February 2016, has emerged as a reliable deep threat.
> Keala Santiago is considered a sub-package No. 1 safety
> Eugene Ford, who was Rolovich’s first freshman recruit, is in the rotation at cornerback.
> Davine Tullis and Kalakaua Timoteo have developed as inside receivers; Kumoku Noa is doing well at wideout.
> Mykal Tolliver, who redshirted last year, also is rotating at corner.
> Cole Carter and Joey Nuuanu-Kuhiiki provide depth on the interior defensive line.
> Max Hendrie is expected to contribute as a pass rusher.
> Kalen Hicks has recovered from a knee injury and is getting significant reps at rover.
> Ben Scruton, who is one of the fastest Warriors, is a developing safety as well as situational punter.
> Running back Genta Ito was the top offensive scout last year.