UH has a lot competition at the receiver positions

About how he benefited from being redshirted, Ryan Henry said:
“Redshirting was a wonderful thing. It gave me a chance to get stronger, put on some weight, get familiar with the offense and just adapt to being out here. It was a blessing in disguise and the coaches knew what they were doing.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Now part of the competition for playing time, Henry and Dustin Blount have been running second in the slotback rotation in spring practice behind Kealoha Pilares and Jon Medeiros during spring practice. With Greg Salas learning the slotback position this spring, Mike Tinoco — another of last year’s redshirts — has seen more action at wide receiver along with speedy newcomer Rodney Bradley. Jovonte Taylor was contributing as a kick returner early in his first season. But an illness forced him to miss most of the year and he’s back in the mix at right wide receiver with returnees Malcolm Lane and Royce Pollard.”

About how they have given all of their players reps this spring to compete for their spots, offensive coordinator Ron Lee said:
“We wanted to give everybody reps. We’re going to make some decisions after spring. We gave everybody a chance to step up and now we’ve got to evaluate. Every position is still up in the air. … It’s competitive and we have to put the best out there.” (HSB)

About how his redshirt year gave him time to learn the offense better, Tinoco said:
“I didn’t expect it. I was hoping to learn it quick and have a chance. They gave me a chance, but there were some things I was unsure on. It was good for me because I learned the offense really well now. I don’t even think when I’m running routes.” (HSB)

About how he took pride in being part of the scout team, Henry (who was even scout team QB when UH faced option teams) said:
“It was kind of hard to accept it at first, but after that I took pride in being on the scout team and took it as a learning experience and a chance to get physical with the starting defense.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Now part of the regular rotation, Henry had a productive scrimmage on Maui with seven catches for 50 yards. Blount caught four passes for 52 yards on Maui and three catches for 36 yards in last week’s scrimmage on campus. Taylor and Bradley both had touchdown receptions last week as well. Freshman slotback Jeremiah Ostrowski also redshirted last year and has shown promise in the spring.”

About their depth at receiver, Blount said:
“All the receivers we’ve got are amazing athletes. It’s just a big competition right now.” (HSB)


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