The Warriors are spending part of the bye week on recruiting. But some of the answers already are in the program.
Quarterback: Former USC quarterback Max Wittek is running the scout team during this redshirt season. Aaron Zwahlen joins next year after completing a two-year church mission.
Running back: D.J. Riggins, who is grayshirting this season, joins in January.
Slotback: John Ursua, who committed in February 2012, started his mission late. He joins next year. Here’s a reminder of his skills: Ursua video
Wideouts: Devan Stubblefield probably would have started this season if not for a season-ending knee injury. He won’t play baseball in the spring, but will ready for training camp. Darrian Josey, Don’Yeh Patterson and, yes, Vasquez Haynes are in the wings.
Offensive line: Tui Eli should be getting a shot next year. Gus Lavaka returns after a mission.
Defensive line: If not for the senior-heavy rotation, Ka‘au Gifford would have played this year. He’ll play next year, for sure.
Linebacker: Jahlani Tavai has joined the active roster as an outside linebacker. He was on the 64-player travel roster to Colorado this past week, but has not played in a game this season.
Cornerback: Jerrell Jackson auditioned at wideout and, at one point, was playing nickelback. He has not played in a game this season, preserving his redshirt option.
Safety: Manly Williams is grayshirting this semester and joins in January.
Kicker: Ryan Weese and Kainoa McDonald have not played during senior Tyler Hadden’s breakout season. They will compete for the starting job next year.