Norm Chow confirmed that quarterback Kevin Spain and offensive lineman Thomas Olds are no longer on the roster. Both will be allowed to attend classes and remain on scholarship this semester. They are not expected back for the 2012 season.
Spain received a medical redshirt for the 2010 season after undergoing shoulder surgery. Although he progressed medically, he was not at 100 percent last season.
In the summer of 2009, the Warriors were recruiting four quarterbacks. Each was made an offer with the stipulation the first to accept would receive the scholarship. Spain made an oral commitment to UH. Later, UH made a gray-shirt offer to Leilehua’s Andrew Manley, who declined and instead signed with New Mexico State. Manley eventually became the Aggies’ starting quarterback as a freshman. Jeremy Higgins of Saint Louis School also received one of the four offers from UH. He ended up signing with Utah State, then transferred to UH in June 2011. He redshirted as part of NCAA transfer rules.
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Former Warrior defensive tackle Kaniela Tuipulotu had successful labrum surgery on his right shoulder, and is expected to be ready for the start of the NFL’s training camps in July.
Tuipulotu, who had surgery on that shoulder in 2009 after transferring from Arizona, was injured against Fresno State in 2011. He played the remainder of the season in discomfort. He aggravated the shoulder during the East-West Shrine Game in January.
At the recommendation of doctors and his agent, Tuipulotu underwent the recent operation.
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Well wishes to Midnight on his upcoming procedure.