Defensive tackle Geordon Hanohano is retiring from college football after being diagnosed with a neck stinger, head coach Norm Chow confirmed this morning.
“It’s heartbreaking, very heartbreaking,” Chow said. “He’s a good player, and a good, young man.”
Hanohano suffered the injury in the first quarter of the BYU game. Surgery is not required, but because this is his second stinger, he has been advised he risks severe medical problems if he continues to play.
He has used his redshirt as a freshman in 2008, and he has appeared in too many games this season to apply for a medical hardship that would extend his career to a sixth year in 2013.
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Last week, graduate assistant Daniel Bukarau was near the UH’s Campus Center when he heard a woman yelling to stop a robber on the run. Bukarau tackled the suspect, and then held him until Campus Security and HPD arrived.
Bukarau is a Kailua High graduate who played at Utah.
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Monday was only the first day of the experiment, but middle linebacker Benny Fonua and strong-side linebacker Jerrol Garcia-Williams made easy adjustments during their rotations with the first team. Decisions on their statuses will not be made until after Thursday’s practice.
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Hunter Thomson, who has recovered from a knee procedure, has been cleared to play and will compete at defensive tackle.