POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 26, 2010
LAST UPDATED: 1:34 a.m. HST, Oct 26, 2010
Punt returner Ryan Henry will miss the rest of the Hawaii football season after being diagnosed with a torn ACL, UH head coach Greg McMackin announced yesterday.
The injury "is really a shame," McMackin said of Henry, a senior who also plays slotback.
Henry said he suffered the injury during a punt return in the second half of Saturday's 45-7 road victory over Utah State.
"I made a cut, and (the knee) gave out a little bit," Henry said.
He said he underwent an MRI on Sunday. He was told of the results yesterday afternoon.
The Warriors have returned 13 of opponents' 39 punts this season. Henry has nine punt returns for 48 yards, an average of 5.3 yards per return.
Left slotback Greg Salas, who has returned two punts for 4 yards, leads the candidates to succeed Henry. The list also includes Chizzy Dimude, Dustin Blount, Kealoha Pilares and Allen Sampson.
It is believed that left guard Brett Leonard, who limped off the field during the Utah State game, has a chance to play in Saturday's game against Idaho.
Offensive line coach Gordy Shaw said Leonard suffered either a knee "strain" or a "contusion."
"Either way," Shaw said, "he was walking pretty good (Sunday)."
Right tackle Laupepa Letuli and middle linebacker George Daily-Lyles - both of whom did not play against Utah State because of sprained ankles - are expected to play against Idaho.
Meanwhile, defensive tackle Geordon Hanohano is expected to miss two games after undergoing arthroscopic surgery Friday to repair a torn meniscus.
"I want to play (Nov. 6) against Boise," Hanohano said. "That would be real good. I have to see if it heals that fast."
Left wideout Rodney Bradley is not seeking revenge against Idaho.
In last year's meeting between the teams, Bradley suffered a season-ending injury when he was tripped by Idaho safety Shiloh Keo. Bradley underwent surgery to repair the two fractures in his left leg. He did not play in the final seven games of the 2009 season, and did not participate in spring training.
After that game, Keo apologized, adding, "He's in my prayers."
NCAA rules permit a defender to trip a ballcarrier in the open field.
"I believe it was an accident," said Bradley, who has regained his starting job at left wideout. "I don't deal with it any other way. It was within the rules of the game. I definitely don't have any animosity toward him or anyone else on that team. Dwelling on it will get me nowhere. I've moved on from that."
After early inconsistency, Bradley said, "I'm starting to get back on track."
Bradley has 23 catches for 286 yards, an average of 12.4 yards per reception.
David Graves envisions the future, and it is orange.
The past seven weeks, Graves has spent most of his time on practice with the defense as a safety or scout quarterback. But with defensive back Spencer Smith nearly healed from a fractured right forearm, Graves might not be needed as a safety.
During defensive drills the past month, Graves portrayed the opposing team's mobile quarterback. With UH's next two opponents - Idaho and Boise State - starting dropback quarterbacks, Cayman Shutter likely will be used as UH's scout passer.
Graves still will be used on special teams. Against Utah State, he scored on a 6-yard return after the punter bobbled the snap.
"In the near future, it'll be the orange jersey," Graves said, a reference to the color the UH quarterbacks wear during practice. "I might be getting more quarterback reps."