Quarterback Tyler Graunke told The Advertiser he hopes to play in the Warriors’ next game — Sept. 27 against San Jose State — after X-rays today did not detect a fracture in his right (throwing) hand.
He injured the area at the root of his right thumb during Saturday’s 45-7 road loss to Oregon State.
X-rays were taken of six sides of the injured area.
His right hand still was swollen, and he could not grip a football or shake hands.
He said if the swelling persists after a few more days, he will undergo an MRI to determine if he suffered any ligament damage. X-rays do not always show ligament damage.
“They don’t think it’s ligament damage by the way they were pressing it,” Graunke said.
Graunke said he hopes to resume practicing next Monday.
“I know I’m going to play against San Jose,” he said, “if I’m still the starter.”
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A feisty Greg McMackin declared he is “not a real happy a camper right now” during today’s news conference.
In particularl, McMackin said there was a breakdown in punt coverage against Oregon State. He said he will make some personnel changes.
He also said he will create competition at placekicker. Dan Kelly has missed three consecutive field-goal attempts. McMackin said Brett Symonds, who was supposed to redshirt, and safety Kenny Estes will receive work there.
McMackin also said the defense needs to play with more emotion, although he praised the efforts of defensive ends David Veikune and John Fonoti, linebackers Solomon Elimimian and Adam Leonard, and the cornerbacks.
He supported offensive Ron Lee’s play-calling, but emphasized his pledge to make the offense more “attack” oriented. He also expects the Warriors to pass more.
If Graunke is out for an extended period, then the Warriors will work with the three backups — Inoke Funaki, Greg Alexander and Brent Rausch. In that scenario, he would not name the starting quarterback until game time. UH next plays Sept. 27 against San Jose State.
McMackin said he is considering closing practices to the public in preparation for the San Jose State game.
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Guess who’s been training on the UH campus? None other than Mighty Mouse.