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UH quarterback out for spring

By Stephen Tsai

LAST UPDATED: 03:48 p.m. HST, Mar 14, 2013

Quarterback Sean Schroeder has a back injury and will not participate in the Hawaii football team's spring training.

Tuesday is the first of 15 spring practices stretched over five weeks (with a one-week hiatus for spring break.

Schroeder said he will undergo the procedure in April or May. He said he should be fully recovered in early July "at the latest." The Warriors' training camp opens the first week of August.

Taylor Graham, who redshirted in 2012 after transferring from Ohio State, is expected to take the first snap in spring practice.

Jeremy Higgins, Ikaika Woolsey and Justin Alo are the other UH quarterbacks. Cayman Shutter, who is scheduled to graduate in May, has applied for the Canadian Football League draft and will not return to UH for a fifth year.

Schroeder is a Duke graduate who transferred to UH in June 2012. He started 11 of the Warriors' 12 games last year. Schroeder was hit more than 120 times — many after releasing a pass — and suffered two concussion-like symptoms and a sore back.

"We don't know exactly what happened," Schroeder said of the source of the back injury. "We know it's there, and it's not going to heal on its own."

Schroeder said intensive treatment and physical therapy did not resolve the problem.

"We did a lot of scans and stuff," Schroeder said. "The best course of action is to do a little procedure."

Schroeder participated in player-run workouts the past several weeks. After consulting with trainers and medical staff, Schroeder said, "they felt this was the best time (to have surgery) for me."

Schroeder said he expects to be "off my feet" for the first month following the procedure.

"Then I can start the real rehabbing," Schroeder said.

Schroeder had hoped for a fresh start following the 3-9 season. He even grew out a mustache, which he has since shaved.

"I got a couple of weird looks at the grocery store," he said, smiling. "It was time to cut it."

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braddah wrote:
Probably because he took major cracks last season!
on March 14,2013 | 01:45PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Yeah seriously. I can't believe the amount of punishment he took. Should be given the Medal of Honor or something.
on March 14,2013 | 01:57PM
frontman wrote:
Great news..........now find a real quarterback.
on March 14,2013 | 06:11PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
"Quarterback Sean Schroeder has a back injury injury and will not participate in the Hawaii football team's spring training." Back injury injury? "Schroeder said he will undergo the procedure in April or May. ". What procedure? We got 3rd world roads and 3rd world reporters.
on March 14,2013 | 01:59PM
allie wrote:
lazy reporters hon. But that has been true for a long time
on March 14,2013 | 02:05PM
pizza wrote:
Like you are a linguistic master and journalism phenom....
on March 14,2013 | 08:13PM
Squiggs wrote:
Definitely the Purple Heart.
on March 14,2013 | 02:05PM
KahinuG wrote:
Graham should have been granted his waiver by the NCAA last year. Never made any sense to grant all Penn St. players their waivers to compete immediately for other schools... and not him. The reasoning was the same... the NCAA sanctions levied against Ohio St. and Penn St., and the coaches who recruited them were gone (Tressel & Paterno). Graham had little chance of starting for Urban Meyer with his style of offense... that's why he made the move to UH. Things might have been different last season if Graham had been given the opportunity he deserved for the starting QB position.
on March 14,2013 | 03:37PM
mishtah wrote:
This is terrible news for UH. If Sean "quick draw" Schroeder stays healthy he will be an All-American and UH will be in the running for the National Championship. Norman "it's not good to change your mind" Chow knows quarterbacks, and this one is a true top gun.
on March 14,2013 | 04:17PM
joshislost wrote:
This kid can throw. Hes no Colt on or off the field yet at least. But our offensive line is terrible. Hideous receivers and a tough running back. Strengthen the line the rest should fall into place.
on March 14,2013 | 10:05PM
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