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For all of Hawaii's struggles this season, the offensive line actually has graded above average. Head coach Norm Chow and quarterbacks coach Jordan Wynn have praised the line's aggressiveness, cohesion and adaptability.

The Rainbow Warriors will be without their second-leading tackler for at least a month. Inside linebacker Julian Gener had surgery on Tuesday to repair a fractured fibula. He suffered the injury in Saturday's 28-14 road loss to Rice.

From "Be prepared" to "Next man up." The former motto was prevalent in Benetton Fonua's youth in his ascent to the rank of Eagle Scout; the latter, a mind-set he adhered to for much of his first two years of college football.

While coping with personal anguish, head coach Norm Chow returned to Hawaii on Monday night and led practice on Tuesday. Following Saturday's 28-14 road loss to Rice, Chow traveled to Los Angeles to be with his wife, Diane, who suffered a brain aneurysm on Friday.

Hawaii quarterback Taylor Graham took most of the reps with the No. 1 offense on Tuesday, opening the possibility of an expanded role or change at the top of the depth chart.

Head coach Norm Chow is expected to lead the University of Hawaii football team's practice this morning after spending the past two days with his ailing wife in Los Angeles. Chow was scheduled to return to Honolulu on Monday night.

Despite its head coach's absence because of a family emergency, the University of Hawaii football team is trying to maintain a business-as-usual approach.

Following a 28-14 loss to Rice on Saturday, Hawaii coach Norm Chow emerged wearily from the gloom of the visitors' locker room. Chow had to console a team that learned, once again, that being good is not always good enough.

Out on a so-called "island," Hawaii cornerback Dee Maggitt knows — and embraces — the challenge of breaking up passes. In Saturday's 28-14 loss to Rice, Maggitt was the lone defender on a 50-yard play that set up the go-ahead touchdown.

Another fine individual effort by Scott Harding resulted in that same empty feeling of a team loss. "He caught two touchdowns and his punting is unbelievable," Hawaii coach Norm Chow said.

Rice defensive end Brian Nordstrom gestured for celebratory crowd noise after a huge near-sack late in the fourth quarter sealed the Owls' 28-14 victory over Hawaii on Saturday night.

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