Illinois was being left for dead in the Big Ten just a couple weeks ago, but two straight wins has coach Ron Zook and the Illini on an upswing as Northwestern heads to Champaign. What is responsible for the sudden surge? Who will play quarterback for Illinois? Those are just two of the questions we...[details]
A thickly built tight end who showcases good bend and flexibility off the snap, Hoomanawanui gets into his routes quickly but isn't explosive downfield. He isn't going to threaten the seam vertically and has a tendency to drift in and out of his routes. He does a nice job getting his head around quickly to find the ball and possesses good concentration over the middle of the field when asked to catch the ball and absorb the hit. However, he lets the ball get into his body too much and isn't a natural plucker on the move. He showcases good feel vs. zone coverage and exhibits the awareness to feel out a soft spot and sit down in coverage. He's a good blocker who showcases base strength and has the ability to slide his feet and anchor on the edge. Hoomanawanui possesses impressive body control on the move and knows how to stay on blocks in both the run and pass game. He looks like a potential No. 2 tight end at the next level.