The second day of spring football for the Rainbow Warriors kicked off this past Thursday where, to the relief of Norm Chow and his players, the focus was back to football and not on media relations. Most importantly, the focus was back on the quarterbacks and the potential of the offense to produce for the upcoming season.
The competition for the starting job under center seems to be a close race at this stage of the season, as quarterbacks Taylor Graham and Ikaika Woosley prepare to leave it all on the field to impress their coaching staff, especially first year quarterback coach Jordan Wynn.
“It’s still pretty tight right now. It’s only the second day of practice,” Wynn said. “They’re are all taking pretty equal reps right now and are all doing a pretty good job. But Ikaika is getting the most reps with the first team offense right now.”
The offensive side of the ball garnered the most attention from head coach Norm Chow. Paying close attention to the quarterbacks, Chow was also unable to distinguish the clear cut favorite to take snaps under center this upcoming fall, answering candidly about the quarterback situation.
“It’s way too early to tell,” he said.
With four starters returning to the offensive line this season, optimism is at its peak for the running game, including the return of senior running back Joey Iosefa, who returned from a nagging foot injury in the final four games of last season where he averaged 146 yards per game.
“I’m really excited to get back on the field,” Iosefa said. “Now that everyone knows what I’m capable of doing, it’s up to me to keep improving. I wish I could’ve played the whole season last year, but I took it as an opportunity to learn for this upcoming season.”
It wasn’t just Iosefa feeling excited about his return, as Chow was quick to offer his praise.
“It’s fun. He’s fun,” Chow said. “He’s a special, special young man, and we’re excited to have him ready and back on the field.”
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