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Schroeder, Woolsey take most of reps at QB for UH

By Stephen Tsai

LAST UPDATED: 11:39 a.m. HST, Sep 24, 2013

With University of Hawaii Taylor Graham resting a sore left shoulder, Sean Schroeder and Ikaika Woolsey took turns at quarterback during today's football practice at Ching Field.

Graham injured his left (non-throwing) shoulder in the second quarter against Nevada this past weekend.

"He didn't practice today," head coach Norm Chow said. "We'll see tomorrow. He's under rehab. It's a day-by-day deal."

Chow said Graham, a junior who started UH's first three games, is not ruled out for Saturday's game against 25th-ranked Fresno State at Aloha Stadium.

Schroeder, who started 11 games in 2012 after transferring from Duke, and Woolsey, a second-year freshman who was on the scout offense this fall, split reps. Jeremy Higgins divided time between the UH's offense and the scout offense.

During the post-practice news conference, Chow said: "We decided we'd go with Sean or Ikaika if Taylor can't go."

Later, he clarified those comments, telling the Star-Advertiser that Jeremy Higgins also is in the mix.

Chow said it was decided to go with Schroeder and Woolsey today, but "tomorrow might be different."

He added: "There's no way you can give three (quarterbacks) reps. There's no way. It's tough to give two guys reps."

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thatsmyname wrote:
Chow is a dummy! Why not give Higgins a real chance. We already know that Schroeder can't make it happen, he had all last season to prove himself.
on September 24,2013 | 11:20AM
droid wrote:
Higgins didn’t show promise in any aspect of the game at Nevada. Why beat a dead horse? Woolsey demonstrated he is a scrambler who can adlib if there is a broken play. That is the type of QB we need until we can recruit an O-line that can give the QB enough protection to go through their reads and receivers who make catching the ball priority one and YAC priority two. Only then will a Taylor Graham-type QB work.

Chow should tweak the offense to play to Woolsey’s strengths. Too bad he fired his offensive coordinator before the season even started. Almost as foolish as turning down $600,000.
on September 24,2013 | 03:08PM
thatsmyname wrote:
I don't understand why Chow doesn't give Higgins a real chance at quarterback. I think we all know what we will get out of Schroeder, a bunch of interceptions and sacks for loss. Let's put someone in with some mobility and that may get the offense moving.
on September 24,2013 | 11:23AM
NotNasti wrote:
The person with the most mobility and strongest arm is Ikaika Woolsey, and by a far margin.
on September 24,2013 | 11:41AM
Descartes22 wrote:
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on September 24,2013 | 11:54AM
krusha wrote:
Higgins is the odd man out since he didn't throw a pick on Saturday... :)
on September 24,2013 | 12:33PM
BTO wrote:
Do what Urban Meyer does, he puts in all his playmakers. He designs the offense around the players who can make big plays. Woosley is a playmaker, St Juste is a playmaker, find three more who can step up and now we have fans filling up the seats and buying PPV!!
on September 24,2013 | 01:45PM
allie wrote:
strong arm but interception prone.
on September 24,2013 | 12:48PM
AhiPoke wrote:
I don't think you know much about football. Anyone who does can see that Higgins doesn't have the arm strength to match the others. I'm not saying he can't do the job but clearly his ball floats. That becomes a problem on out routes but not necessarily the deep patterns.
on September 24,2013 | 01:15PM
droid wrote:
That is the knock on Higgins and the reason Woolsey has the edge on him.
on September 24,2013 | 03:10PM
foursun wrote:
Why do folks keep crying about Higgins? Not to defend the poor coaching but did you even watch the game Higgins played in last year? He did as well as Schoeder till the defense saw that he couldn't throw the long ball so they didn't have to defend long routes aggressively. You can get away with that in a Run and Shoot or a Spread but in a Pro offense that's the kiss of death, that's why college run and shoot quarterbacks don't do very well in the NFL.
on September 24,2013 | 01:40PM
allie wrote:
Higgins is just what he is : not a D-1 caliber QB. Let us be honest in these things.
on September 24,2013 | 02:30PM
PCWarrior wrote:
And Schroeder is? There's a reason he never smelled game at Duke.
on September 24,2013 | 04:44PM
Pocho wrote:
WHO does Coach have that's Div. 1 caliber? hahahahaha
on September 24,2013 | 06:01PM
Galatians52223 wrote:
Duke's quarterback at that time was Sean Renfree (7th round Atlanta Falcons).
on September 24,2013 | 07:50PM
oxtail01 wrote:
We'll never know as long as Chow is coach.
on September 24,2013 | 08:42PM
droid wrote:
Colt Brennan could have been different because he did have the arm. Too bad he threw it all away for drugs and alcohol. Toronto Argonauts’ “Mighty Mouse” (Chad Owens) is living proof that you don’t have to play in the NFL to be the best in the game. Brennan gave up that “last chance” with his recent brush with HPD.
on September 24,2013 | 03:14PM
PCWarrior wrote:
Owens is a terrific player but the best in the game play in the NFL.
on September 24,2013 | 04:45PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Actually, big trouble happened after he got cut. Problem with Colt is that he couldn't stay healthy.
on September 24,2013 | 08:40PM
mynah wrote:
Chow's a banana.
on September 24,2013 | 11:59AM
false wrote:
Come on a little support will help.
on September 24,2013 | 12:17PM
PokeStop wrote:
OK, he's a banana split! Time for Chow to leave UH!
on September 24,2013 | 01:41PM
AhiPoke wrote:
I'm surprised that your racist comment wasn't pulled.
on September 24,2013 | 01:42PM
droid wrote:
The admins are too clueless to recognize a racial slur when they see it. Par for the course at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
on September 24,2013 | 03:16PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Yellow outside, empty inside that pretty much is factual.
on September 24,2013 | 08:32PM
oxtail01 wrote:
An over ripe one at that. For all you people clamoring for one QB over another - haven't you figured out that it doesn't matter as long as Chow is our head coach?
on September 24,2013 | 08:31PM
false wrote:
Whoever is at quarterback please read this: DO NOT THROW UP BALLOON PASSES........FRESNO'S BACKS ARE FAST AND WILL PLUCK EVERY BALL THROWN OUT OF THE AIR. I am so tired of seeing balloon thrown up. Forget those finesses passes. Throw the dang thing, move the offense and give the defense a REST!!!
on September 24,2013 | 12:16PM
Morimoto wrote:
If we have to go with Schroder it's going to be a very long season, as if it isn't going to be a long season already. Schroder keeps saying he has full confidence in himself but the thing is he can't produce results. All the confidence in the world is useless if it doesn't translate to the field. There's a reason he only took a few snaps in 3 years at Duke, which isn't exactly a powerhouse.
on September 24,2013 | 12:20PM
satcat808 wrote:
Duke may not be a powerhouse, but I bet you they can beat UH if they played today...
on September 24,2013 | 12:41PM
PokeStop wrote:
A bunch of top level FCS schools would surely beat UH! Montana, E. Washington, Towson, would kill UH if they played this year. UH should look at the Towson head coach as this guy has developed a strong program at the FCS level. Last year LSU barely survived with a victory at Baton Rouge, LA. This year UConn got demolished by Towson. UH is on the bottom of D1 (FBS) football. I hear Freddy Von Appen cheering each week as he'll soon have company at 0-12!
on September 24,2013 | 01:39PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Unlike Chow, Von Appen actually has more class than that.
on September 24,2013 | 08:38PM
luckyman wrote:
Agree. Doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result. That is the definition of insanity.
on September 24,2013 | 12:41PM
Galatians52223 wrote:
He was behind Sean Renfree. 2.      Renfree on radar: The Falcons could have reached an injury settlement and released rookie quarterback Sean Renfree after he hurt his shoulder during the final exhibition game. Instead the team placed him on injured reserve to keep him as a developmental prospect. “We like Sean a lot in terms of his skill set,” Smith said. “We feel very good about what Sean did for us in the preseason.” The Falcons selected Renfree in the seventh round of the draft out of Duke. In three exhibition games Renfree completed 13 of 25 passes for 84 yards.
on September 24,2013 | 07:46PM
jankenpo wrote:
With all due respect....the downward spiral continues. I'm sure there's talent on this team...where is it???? We look at the coach for answers but he doesn't have any. I want to have hope but what am I hanging on to.
on September 24,2013 | 12:44PM
allie wrote:
with all due respect, neither of these guys is a D-2 QB let alone a D-1 QB
on September 24,2013 | 12:47PM
Kiyoshi2011 wrote:
I'll take Woolsey all day!
on September 24,2013 | 12:57PM
oxtail01 wrote:
You can have him!
on September 24,2013 | 08:33PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
"With University of Hawaii Taylor Graham resting a sore left shoulder, Sean Schroeder and Ikaika Woolsey took turns at quarterback during today's football practice at Ching Field." Hey Steve no need to rush to beat the punch, unless u r trying to beat KHON or KITV. u forgot the word quarterback before Taylor.
on September 24,2013 | 01:08PM
mitt_grund wrote:
Most coaches would have used the first few games of their tenure to test the available QB options in real life situations. Chow already shows a self-destructive tendency of sticking with a dying horse (Graham) at the cost of the rider (the rest of the team). Now he decides to give a proven loser, Schroeder, equal billing with Higgins. How half-*ss is that? Take that back. How whole-*ss is that? Another legacy of the embedded power structure at the UH. Spend a million in patching up Wonder-gate. Spend exorbitant amounts on junkets. Misuse tuition to bolster athletics and pay for long-overdue repairs to infrastructure, giving contracts out in sweetheart deals. What else is new. And these st*nkers gave us Chow to boot. Geez!
on September 24,2013 | 01:23PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
And they also gave us Ben Jay.
on September 24,2013 | 02:04PM
PokeStop wrote:
Woolsey is the only decent QB on the team at this stage of the season. Strong arm, mobile, and with great upside. Schroeder and Higgins, they had their chances last year. Both have weak arms and fold under pressure. Chow needs to look at the future as 2013 is a lost cause already with an 0-3 start. Give the young redshirt frosh some real game time experience now and see if Woolsey is up to the challenge. Next year he has Graham back for his senior year. Chow needs to get out of his comfort zone and bone headed stubbornness as he's to old school. The college game has passed him by with his pro style offense. Today, it's more about up tempo offenses utilizing smaller QB's who can run and throw. UH is one dimensional with Graham and Schroeder.
on September 24,2013 | 01:33PM
Bumby wrote:
Chow go with the future although yours are getting cloudier with each passing game. Schroeder is a known commodity of what can be done or let's say what cannot be done. He is a senior who had all season last year to prove himself. Woosley will give you the best chance and even though he needs to get accustomed to D1, if he shows promise the fans may be more patient. Going with Schroder and Higgins, and if both should not produce is a dumb move on your part.
on September 24,2013 | 01:36PM
oxtail01 wrote:
When have you seen Chow make a smart move?
on September 24,2013 | 08:36PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Norm must have applied for head coach positions way before and he always did not get selected. Now we know why.
on September 24,2013 | 02:06PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Norm must have applied for head coach positions way before and he always did not get selected. Now we know why.
on September 24,2013 | 02:06PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Hey I never use abusive language. Why was this comment at first not accepted? Because I am against something?
on September 24,2013 | 02:08PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
u guys at HSA are a bunch of softies I tell u.
on September 24,2013 | 02:10PM
kapoleidude1 wrote:
Give Ikaika a chance, sean is not the answer, why not give the freshman a chance to step up to the plate and see if he can make something happen. WHAT IS THERE TO LOSE???
on September 24,2013 | 04:11PM
oxtail01 wrote:
9 more games.
on September 24,2013 | 08:34PM
Gary_KHS_1975 wrote:
Unbelievable! In three games, Hawaii never score higher than 14 points while their opponents average scores were little over 30 points per game. I'm a local living in Wyoming. Hawaii better improve their game by the time they get to Laramie. Their current play of the game and the altitude (nearly 8,000 ft) will kill their game.
on September 24,2013 | 04:17PM
oxtail01 wrote:
No, Chow already killed their game.
on September 24,2013 | 08:35PM
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