By Stephen Tsai
Running back Joey Iosefa received hopeful news when he was diagnosed with "only" a displaced foot fracture.
It had been feared the injury was worse and would require surgery. Instead, Iosefa is wearing a walking boot and receiving treatment several times a day. He will not require surgery, at least at this time. The development opens the way for Iosefa possibly being available for the opener against USC in exactly five weeks.
Iosefa suffered the injury during conditioning drills this past Monday. If the condition progresses without complications, he has been told, he might be able to resume workouts in three to four weeks. With UH opening training camp next week, Diocemy Saint Juste, Aofaga Wily, Steven Lakalaka and Willis Wilson will get the majority of reps in practices.
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There still is no word on whether the NCAA will certify long-snapper Brian Hittner to play this season. The Warriors are seeking a successor to Luke Ingram, who completed his UH career.
If Hittner is cleared, he will be added to the 104-player roster for training camp. Two incoming freshman long-snappers — Brodie Nakama and JR Colton — already are on the 104-player roster. Tyler Liana, a freshman from Farrington High, will join the Rainbow Warriors on Aug. 26, when the roster limit is lifted.
The Warriors reserved roster spots for running back/slotback Levi Wilson and a defensive end interested in joining.
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Belated birthday wishes to Princess Leila.