It was going to be a great weekend for the Higgins family.
Kaiser head coach Cameron Higgins led the Cougars to an upset of Kahuku. Tayler Higgins set — and served — the Rainbow Wahine to a sweep of Northern Arizona. And quarterback Jeremy Higgins started the second half in the Warriors’ road game against Colorado, completing his first two throws.
But then Jeremy Higgins’ game ended when he landed awkwardly on his left (throwing) hand during a fourth-quarter sack. He stayed in two more plays, but then departed. Preliminary diagnosis was a fracture. After the game, with his hand in a brace, Higgins spoke of mixed emotions. He was proud of his siblings, but disappointed in the Warriors’ loss.
Higgins faces an extensive rehabilitation. His collegiate playing career is over.
He is a fifth-year senior who used a redshirt season when he transferred from Utah State in 2011. Because the injury occurred in UH’s fourth game, he is not eligible for a medical hardship (or second redshirt season).
Higgins is a good player but an even better teammate. He remained upbeat, even after being sent to the scout offense last year. After a strong spring, in which he forced a tie atop the depth chart, Higgins suffered an injury to his Achilles’ heel during the spring game. The injury prevented Higgins from running full speed during the summer, but not not from participating in the conditioning program. During beach workouts, Higgins crab-crawled during drills.
When Ikaika Woolsey was named the starter, Higgins and Taylor Graham remained supportive. During games, Higgins wore the headset, helping to signal plays.
“We need to be (Woolsey’s) eyes out there,” Higgins said after the Washington game. “We also need to be ready. If we’re not locked in, we’re doing the team a disservice. We have to be there for Ikaika and be ready (to play) at the same time.”
The thing is, Higgins is a competitor who works and studies hard, forcing the coaches to make decisions. It is the much-sought attitude of controlling only what one can control. As a Saint Louis School senior, Higgins started at quarterback. The backup was a promising quarterback named Marcus Mariota. It was the correct decision. At the time, Higgins was the better quarterback.
Now Higgins prepares for the next phase. He will serve as a student assistant.