The vision was to have slotbacks Dylan Collie and John Ursua zig-zagging through defenses in the Warriors’ revival of the run-and-shoot offense.
Collie’s decision to transfer after he graduates this May — he visited BYU last weekend and is set to visit Vanderbilt next month — alters but does not dim the enthusiasm.
According to people in the know, Kumoku Noa, who will be a third-year sophomore in the fall, is challenging for that open slot position. Noa reportedly has gained weight and nearly doubled his back-squat total since the end of the 2017 season. Both gains are important because slots’ routes often come into contact with physical safeties, nickels and outside linebackers. UH’s last successful slot duo — Greg Salas and Kealoha Pilares in 2010 — were both tough pass catchers and blockers.
Spring practice opens March 21.