In addition to Steven Lakalaka, the immediate replacement for injured Joey Iosefa, Dominique Small and Justin Vele are expected to get upgraded workloads at running back.
Vele, who was recruited as a linebacker, has made steady growth at the do-everything position known as F. He can play tight end, H-back and fullback. Vele is an aggressive blocker who also is efficient catching swing passes. And, as coach Norm Chow noted, Vele “is a Farrington guy. … Farrington breeds tough guys.”