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UH lineman will miss season due to MRSA infection

Stephen Tsai
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Austin Webb, left, will miss the upcoming season due to a MRSA infection.

University of Hawaii offensive lineman Austin Webb is recovering from a MRSA infection and will not play for the Rainbow Warriors this coming season.

Webb, who is recovering at his family’s home in Dallas, said he plans to attend classes in the fall.

“I’m going to root for my boys this season and I’m praying for the team,” Webb told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser in a telephone interview today.

Doctors believe it was in late February or early March when he contracted the infection in his right femur. He still participated in spring training and the offseason conditioning program.

But after noticeable pain and discoloration in his leg, he was diagnosed with the bacterial infection in May. He underwent surgery on May 23.

Webb said he still cannot walk without the aid of a walker. A catheter known as a PICC line was inserted into his arm to provide medication during his recovery.

Webb, who is 6 feet 8 inches and 310 pounds, redshirted as a freshman in 2015 and was a member of the scout team in 2016. He practiced as a second-team offensive tackle during the past spring training.

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