Running back Dayton Furuta underwent ankle surgery yesterday morning, UH officials confirmed.
Head coach Nick Rolovich said Furuta will miss several games but has not ruled out a return this season.
Furuta suffered the injury on a 6-yard reception off a shovel pass in the second quarter of the Warriors’ 31-28 victory over Oregon State this past Saturday.
Furuta, who is 5 feet 11 and 250 pounds, earned the nickname, “Froot Train,” because of his powerful pinball runs. Last season, Warriors resurrected the run-and-shoot offense, a scheme that best utilizes a power back. Furuta follows the path of West Keli‘ikipi, Regan Mauia, and Nate Ilaoa, among others.
Furuta, a Mililani High graduate, joined the Warriors in January as a grayshirt. He initially was a linebacker and special teams player before moving to running back in 2018. Last year, he led the Warriors with 27 rushes for first downs. This season, he averaged 6.9 yards on seven carries.
In August, teammates voted Furuta as one of four captains.