The Warriors yesterday announced what had been known for a week: Strong safety Trayvon Henderson (torn ACL) and long-snapper Brian Hittner (spinal bruise) will miss the rest of the season because of injuries. Both were hurt against Ohio State.
And while the Warriors had found capable replacements — Daniel Lewis and Noah Borden, respectively — these are significant losses.
Henderson was a playmaker on a defense that has produced only one interception this season. Henderson has five career interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Henderson, like free safety Marrell Jackson, was helpful as an on-field director. Because he has not played in more than three games, he can count this as a redshirt season.
Hittner was a speciality specialist — a snapper used only on punts. Last year, he helped block during Scott Harding’s rollout punts. With the Warriors using a shield protection this year, Hittner was an attacker on punts. It was his touchdown-saving tackle that resulted in his injury. Hittner is a senior who is set to earn a degree in May. For HR purposes, he is medically retiring, which will allow him to remain on scholarship through the 2016 spring semester.