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Broken hand costs Hawaii its No. 2 QB for rest of 2014

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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.

Report: Hawaii expects former USC QB to join team

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The Hawai’i Warriors have plenty of experience at quarterback, but the team is still lacking in talent at the game’s most important position.

Max Wittek, a USC transfer, wasn’t able to enroll at Hawai’i earlier in the process due to a delay in his graduation, but the team anticipates he’ll be enrolled in the program soon.

The University of Texas was Wittek’s first choice after he decided to transfer, but the Longhorns backed away from the quarterback once they discovered the academic and timing issues involved.

Hawai’i then moved into the driver’s seat, particularly after Wittek visited the school.

“I feel great with coach (Norm) Chow,” Wittek said a month ago. “He’s awesome. He’s been so helpful through this whole process.”

If Wittek does eventually enroll at the University of Hawai’i, the graduate transfer should immediately enter a competition with sophomore Ikaika Woosley and senior Taylor Graham. Wittek will have missed precious practice and instructional time, but he’s a former four-star recruit with a big-time arm. If the Warriors’ staff can get him up to speed quickly, the team may have dramatically upgraded at quarterback.