Hawaii starting quarterback's injury status still uncertain

Coach Greg McMackin
Coach Greg McMackin

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

HALAWA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Of all the questions sparked up by Thursday night's UH vs. USC game, the biggest one is the status of Warriors' starting quarterback, Bryant Moniz.

Head coach Greg McMackin says Moniz was hit pretty good during the play, but it still isn't certain whether it was a concussion or not.

In the third quarter, Moniz scrambled down to the Trojan 15-yard line, where he was met with a load of force by linebacker Michael Morgan.

The junior QB would be down on the field turf for a few minutes as trainers attended to him.

In the meantime, coach Mack went ballistic at the officials for not throwing a flag on that play for unsportsmanlike conduct. The Warrior coach claimed Morgan threw an elbow to Moniz's helmet.

"Right now we didn't put him back in because I wouldn't say he has a concussion, but I would say that I didn't want to take any chances," McMackin said.

The warriors replaced Moniz with Brent Rausch, who also got banged up and then Shane Austin, who took most of the snaps the rest of the way. The three quarterbacks passed for 459 yards and no picks.

"Yeah, I'm always ready to start, I've been preparing the whole off-season with the guys, I definitely have that mentality, I'm ready for anything," Austin said.

The Warriors now head to the road for its next two games. Up next is Army on Saturday, September 11th.

Kick-off is scheduled for 6 a.m., Hawaii time.

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