Moving forward, Hawaii won’t have Jeremy Higgins as a quarterback security blanket.
UH athletics has announced that the senior will miss the remainder of the 2014 season due to a fracture in his left (throwing) hand. Higgins suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s loss to Colorado.
Head coach Norm Chow had yanked ineffective starter Ikaika Woolsey (10-24, 64 yards) at halftime in favor of Higgins. The replacement wasn’t much more effective as Higgins went 4-of-17 for 66 yards before being injured.
Higgins was replaced by former Ohio State transfer Taylor Graham.
Chow said that while the injury essentially ends Higgins’ playing career, it’ll allow him to get a jumpstart on the next phase of his career: coaching.
“It’s really a tough deal and we feel really badly for Jeremy,” the coach said in a statement. “He’s the consummate teammate and team leader who worked really hard in his career to get where he’s at. It’s very unfortunate but Jeremy will still be around the team, serving as a student assistant. He wants to get into coaching and this will be a good start for his career.”
Over his three-year career at UH, he appeared in nine games, with one start, and completed 41-of-82 attempts for 489 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for one touchdown in 2012.