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Woolsey Emerging in QB Shuffle

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - One pleasant surprise for the Warrior football team this spring has been quarterback Ikaika Woolsey. The true freshman has solidified himself into the number two spot, right behind incumbent starter David Graves.

Woolsey, a California native, is not as green as you may think, he spent the fall of 2011 as the scout team quarterback for City College of San Francisco (one of the country's top junior college programs).

Getting those extra reps allowed him to stay fresh before arriving to Manoa.

"I feel real comfortable (with the Warriors offense)," said Woolsey. "This pro-style is not new to me at all. We did it all through high school. My coaches were strictly under center so, it kind of feels like i'm back at home. feels good to come out here and actually compete for a starting job to play on saturdays because it keeps me hungry."

Woolsey has been noticed for more than just his play. The combination of his style of play and long hair have drawn comparisons to former UH quarterback Bryant Moniz.

"I might get compared to Moniz, but it's not a bad thing at all. But at the end of the day, i'm just trying to make a name for myself and trying to get rid of that nickname slowly but surely. But it's not bad to be compared to Mo, he did great things here."

Through eight Spring sessions, Hawaii's depth chart at QB appears to be: #1 Graves, #2 Woolsey, #3 Jeremy Higgins/Justin Alo.

The Warriors return to the field for practice again on Friday at 3:30p