The Warriors will have another puka to fill following slotback Dylan Collie’s surprise announcement that he will transfer after his graduation in May and play his senior season for another school.
John Ursua should be fully recovered from an ACL injury to reclaim the No. 1 slotback’s job. But the Warriors are projected to use more double-slot concepts this season. Ursua and Collie were an impactful 1-2 combo when they were in the same lineup last season. Just like a past dynamic duo — slotbacks Greg Salas and Kealoha Pilares in 2010 — Ursua and Collie excelled in using routes to create openings for each other. Collie also has been an option as a wideout.
Davine Tullis and JC transfer Cedric Byrd are the logical top candidates to replace Collie. Tristan Kamaka also was impressive as a scout receiver while redshirting last year.
What will be missed is Collie’s enthusiasm, grittiness and accountability. When he endured a series of drops in 2015, he manned up, took responsibility and vowed to improve. After losses, he provided honest assessments. Most of all, Collie is a good guy.