Single-side receiver Billy Ray Stutzmann suffered a fractured hand and will miss about six weeks, UH head coach Norm Chow confirmed tonight.
Stutzmann will undergo surgery tomorrow.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Chow said.
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Cornerback Ne’Quan Phillips showed promise in his college debut. Safety Marrell Jackson is expected to be an impact player. Both are the first phase of the Warriors’ recruiting plans in Florida.
Assistant coach Chris Demarest is UH’s point recruiter in Florida.
“I recruited there for over 20 years,” Demarest said. “When i was a young coach, I started recruiting there.”
He has developed ties with high school coaches, counselors and community leaders.
Demarest said that football in Florida, similar to football in Texas, is a year-round passion.
“One thing you have to understand about Florida is they have spring football,” Demarest said. “They have 15 days of contact football and, at the end, they play against another team. They practice in the fall, they practice in the spring. They practice in the fall, they practice in the spring. They practice in the fall, they practice in the spring. Then they practice in the fall. That kid has seven opportunities to get better as a football player before he goes off to college.”
For many, Demarest said, football is a player’s “ticket out.”
“They take football very seriously,” Demarest said. “There are so many players who went before them who set precedent with other universities that those guys have the hunger to follow the footsteps of all of the guys who went before them. It’s about pride.”
Demarest said the wish is to recruit up to three Florida high school seniors each year.
In addition to Phillips and Jackson, receiver Allen Sampson and tight end Ryan Hall are from Florida. Sampson recently underwent knee surgery and will redshirt this season. Hall is a Duke graduate who transferred to UH this summer.
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Happy birthday to Stretch.