Even as he is “just” a true freshman, Devan Stubblefield was expected to make an immediate and significant contribution to Hawaii’s offense.
Unfortunately, said contributions will have to wait until 2015.
A couple of days into summer camp, the Rainbow Warriors announced that Stubblefield has suffered both a torn ACL and meniscus. As a result, the wide receiver will miss the entire 2014 season.
Despite his status as a first-year player, head coach Norm Chow, on the hot seat entering the season, realizes the impact the injury will have.
“It’s unfortunate and we feel so badly for the young man,” said Chow in a statement. “He was one of our top prospects and we really felt he could help us this season. He still promises to be an outstanding player for us and we wish him a full recovery. It’s just a bump in the road and someone will need to step up.”
Stubblefield was a three-star signee in the 2014 recruiting cycle coming out of high school in Honolulu and was widely expected to be one of the Rainbow Warriors’ starting receivers right out of the gate.
The loss of Stubblefield only exacerbates the situation at wide receiver for Hawaii. Vasquez Haynes (29 receptions for 354 yards and three touchdowns in 2013) underwent season-ending shoulder surgery last week, while Keith Kirkwood (12-250-4) has transferred out of the football program.
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