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Moniz could return for bowl if Hawaii qualifies

By Stephen Tsai

LAST UPDATED: 09:28 a.m. HST, Nov 14, 2011

Hawaii quarterback Bryant Moniz said he will undergo surgery today to repair a fractured fibula in his right ankle.

He has been told the usual recovery period is between four and six weeks, opening the way for a possible return for the Dec. 24 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, if the Warriors qualify.

The Warriors need to win at least two of their next three games to clinch a winning regular season and earn the accompanying berth in the Hawaii Bowl.

"I have to hope for the best," Moniz said. "We have to wait to see how the recovery goes."

Moniz suffered the injury during a first-quarter scramble against Nevada at Mackay Stadium.

"My shoe got stuck in the turf," Moniz said. "I tried to slide, and it didn't give. I don't think anyone hit me. I'd rather get hurt being cleaned out by somebody than the turf taking me out."

Moniz's right leg was fitted for a splint and medical boot, which provided stability during Sunday's flight to Honolulu.

"(Saturday) night was hard, but I accepted it," Moniz said. "It is what it is. God has a plan. I have to wait and see."

Offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich said Moniz will be missed for his leadership, understanding of the four-wide offense and "inspiring individual efforts. He extends plays. He takes it upon himself to do whatever he can do to move the ball down the field. He does a lot of things that don't show up on film."

Shane Austin, also a fifth-year senior, replaced Moniz and played the rest of the game.

Offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich said Austin and sophomore David Graves will split reps as the No. 1 quarterback this week.

"We're going to go with whoever can help us win," Rolovich said. "I don't think it's a matter of age or experience. We need to win."

A starting quarterback probably won't be announced until Saturday, when the Warriors play host to Fresno State.

"They both have to prepare to play," Rolovich said. "The one who doesn't start is one play away from playing. It would be a mistake to not prepare as a starter."

Rolovich said Cayman Shutter, another sophomore, will be promoted to No. 3 quarterback. Kevin Spain, a freshman, is No. 4.

"Cayman has been around the offense more," Rolovich said. "He has a high IQ. He can throw the ball."

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u808man wrote:
Aloha Warrior Nation! Mo' may not be able to "Physically" lead this team but, he is still a Co-Captian and that still means a leader. He can actually provide valuable game time experience and encouragement to all three aspects of the Hawai'i Warriors Football Team. Thats Offense, defense and Special Teams. This advice goes to all the Seniors as well. This is it gentlemen. The home stretch...Your home stretch! We here in Warrior Nation will support you until the final whistle blows ending the 2011 season. But until then? Let's Go to WAR-riors!
on November 14,2011 | 01:15AM
Smiley7 wrote:
Bryant Moniz a class act all the way. He'll heal well and hopefully be given a chance in the pros. Imua!
on November 14,2011 | 04:06AM
LizKauai wrote:
Healing Energy and prayers for Moniz's rapid and complete recovery. Go Warriors!
on November 14,2011 | 04:36AM
frontman wrote:
If a quarterback comes in and gets UH to the bowl created for them when there was none offered., leave Moniz on the bench.
on November 14,2011 | 04:48AM
Isaac wrote:
I agree with frontman...with the right QB, winning the last 3 or even all 4 of the games left on our schedule is a distinct possibility. If that ends up being the case, it would be nothing less than a slap in the face to get shut out for the bowl game. On a side note, my brother broke his tibia in high school...took him a few months to heal if I remember correctly.
on November 14,2011 | 05:34AM
allie wrote:
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on November 14,2011 | 05:45AM
Graham wrote:
on November 14,2011 | 09:30AM
NITRO08 wrote:
on November 14,2011 | 05:00PM
NITRO08 wrote:
on November 14,2011 | 05:00PM
hvagd1 wrote:
With every adverse situation, there is a window of opportunity. The loss of Moniz forced a quarter back change. Folks have been calling for this change. It is what it is. Even if UH doesn't make it to the HI Bowl, it will give the replacement QB more game reps to prepare for next year. As a side, get rid of the Haka and leis. Is the football team showing up to promote tourism OR win games on national tv?
on November 14,2011 | 09:15AM
kiragirl wrote:
Mo is a true warrior. His attitude and fortitude will prevail. I hope you the best. Stay strong!
on November 14,2011 | 09:19AM
nuuanusam wrote:
"...If Hawaii qualifies", this is the big question.
on November 14,2011 | 09:49AM
sukebesan wrote:
Coach McMuffin and his Wounded Warriettes in the Hawaii Bowl? Don't make me f*cken laugh
on November 14,2011 | 10:43AM
CouchPotato wrote:
I'll bet my left nut that Moniz won't return if Hawaii qualifies for a bowl. Maybe on the sidelines but to play ... impossible!
on November 15,2011 | 06:44AM
ymanalohyn wrote:
Mac and the warriorettes suck Moniz is a terrible qb
on November 15,2011 | 07:30PM
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