This spring, the UH coaches have kept to their promise of maintaining a relatively equal competition at quarterback.
Although Ikaika Woolsey, who was in the opening lineup for two games last year, has taken nearly all the first turns in quarterback drills, Jeremy Higgins has received an equal number of reps. Taylor Graham has been on a restricted snap count while he works toward full good health following surgery to his left (non-throwing) shoulder in December.
By sticking to a schedule in which the starter’s job won’t be named until after the first week of training camp, it allows the quarterbacks to focus on the expanded offense.
Chow said the quarterbacks, particularly Woolsey and Higgins — both compete in the drills in which the QB may be hit — are “getting better every day. That’s what practice is for. If you want to challenge for the job, you can’t sit back. You need to be aggressive. Both Ikaika and Jeremy are doing that.”
Chow added: “We’re trying to be fair. Whether that’s the right thing to do or not, I don’t know. Sometimes you don’t give a guy enough reps. I tried that once before and it didn’t work. At the end of the day, we tried to be fair, and we weren’t fair to anybody. We’ll see. We keep count, and we track the reps. So far, so good.”
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The final two weeks of spring training should be interesting following yesterday’s moves: Tui Unga from tight end to defensive line; Penitito Faalologo back to fullback.
The moves are designed to get both on the field quicker.