Quarterback Taylor Graham and offensive lineman Kody Afusia are candidates for offseason operations. Both endured arm injuries the second half of the season.
Graham started the first three games before suffering a dislocation to his left (non-throwing) shoulder. Afusia, who was considered to be the Rainbow Warriors’ top o-lineman this past season, played through a variety of injuries.
If they opt for operations, it is not known if it will have any impact on their participation in spring training. In recent years, the 15 practices of spring training were split into two periods — before and after spring break. The tentative plans are for UH to conduct all 15 practices in four weeks after spring break this year. UH-Manoa’s spring break is March 24-28.
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Receiver Allen Sampson said he is on track to earn a bachelor’s degree in May. He said he then plans to transfer to a school that offers his field (sports psychology) with the intent of playing two more years, if medically possible.
During his UH career, Sampson has played in 20 games — but none in the past two seasons because of injuries. He suffered a torn ACL in the seventh game of the 2011 season. He sat out the 2012 season after suffering a second ACL injury. He did not play in 2013 because of a torn hamstring.