By Stephen Tsai
If the game were played today, it would be Sean Schroeder or Ikaika Woolsey at quarterback.
If it were tomorrow, well …
For now, Taylor Graham is on a "day-by-day" status because of a sore left (non-throwing) shoulder, according to UH head coach Norm Chow, and has not been ruled out of starting against Fresno State on Saturday.
Today, Schroeder and Woolsey took most of the reps, and Jeremy Higgins split time between UH's offense and the scout team.
After practice, Chow told reporters: "We decided we'd go with Sean or Ikaika if Taylor can't go."
Later, Chow clarified the comment, telling the Star-Advertiser that the situation can change tomorrow. He said Higgins remains in the mix.
"How can we make a decision on Tuesday?" Chow said. "The game's on Saturday."
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Linebacker Julian Gener, the Rainbow Warriors' third-leading tackler, has a season-ending elbow injury.
This Friday, he is scheduled to undergo what is popularly termed "Tommy John surgery," a ligament-repair operation that is performed mostly on baseball pitchers. Unlike a pitcher, the recovery time is shorter for a linebacker, and Gener is expected to be ready for next year's training camp.
He also meets two criteria for a medical redshirt: 1) He will not play in more than three games this year. 2) He was injured within the first six games.
A medical redshirt would extend his career through the 2015 season.
That's the sliver of a silver lining. Gener will be missed for his football skills, feisty personality and, more importantly, because he's a good guy.