The rule of solving any puzzle is to start with the corners.
And after taking double hits the past three seasons — Jerrell Jackson and Barry Higdon left after the 2014 season; Ne’Quan Phillips and Nick Nelson departed after 2015, and Jamal Mayo and Jalen Rogers graduated in December — the Warriors have done a good job rebuilding the corners this spring.
There are 10 corners on the spring roster, although Tyrus Tuiasosopo is tending to personal matters and will resume practicing this summer.
Right cornerback Roe Farris and left corner Zach Wilson have taken many of the No. 1 snaps. Wilson also can slide to nickel corner, if needed.
Three mid-year additions have interesting backgrounds. Eugene Ford, who was Nick Rolovich’s first recruit in 2016, eventually met the NCAA Clearinghouse’s requirements to play for the Warriors. Manu Hudson-Rasmussen, who was born in Hawaii but raised in Oregon, found his way to Manoa via the JC route. Kayson Smith-Bejgrowicz was one of Hawaii’s top track and field athletes a few years ago.
Terrence Sayles, who practiced but was held out of games while trying to accumulate enough credits last fall, is finally in the mix.
Mykal Tolliver has played well in practices. Tolliver, who redshirted last year, is a graduate of Saint John Bosco, which fields one of the nation’s top football teams.
Cameron Hayes, who is on track to earn a bachelor’s degree at the end of his sixth UH semester, also has made large gains.