UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII FOOTBALL
Graunke back throwing the football
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Hawaii junior quarterback Tyler Graunke has recovered from a spring practice injury to his throwing hand, and is passing the football and lifting weights without pain.
"I don't feel like I've lost any zip," said Graunke, the first backup to Heisman Trophy candidate Colt Brennan. "Everything feels normal and good to go."
Graunke suffered a bruised right hand in practice April 23 when defensive lineman Siave Seti accidentally hit Graunke's hand with his own.
Pain and swelling prevented Graunke from finishing spring practice.
He returned to informal drills and weightlifting last week.
"Last week I started lifting again, and it got really sore after the first day," Graunke said. "This week, two-for-two (weightlifting sessions) and no problem.
"And my arm and hand feels fine after throwing, three or four times now."
Graunke is entering his fourth year at UH. He redshirted in 2004 and started two games in 2005 before Brennan emerged.
Graunke played in seven games last season and completed 74 percent (32-for-43) of his passes for 501 yards with no interceptions and four touchdowns.
After Brennan and Graunke, sophomore Inoke Funaki and freshman Kiran Kepo'o are next in line at quarterback.