Graunke back for spring drills?
Six quarterbacks are on the spring roster for Hawaii.
Tyler Graunke is among them.
But the list is extremely subject to change before the Warriors open camp March 30.
Graunke, a fifth-year senior, was expected to replace Heisman finalist Colt Brennan as the UH starter this fall. But the three-year No. 2 QB was suspended last month for breaking unspecified team rules.
First-year head coach Greg McMackin has not reinstated Graunke to team activities yet, but his name on the roster indicates he's expected back for spring practice.
"Tyler's doing what he's supposed to do and his progress will be evaluated," McMackin said last night.
Graunke has not returned repeated phone messages.
Graunke replaced Brennan, who was injured, and led UH to wins against Charleston Southern and Nevada as the Warriors went 12-0 in the regular season. He also passed for the only Hawaii touchdown in the Sugar Bowl loss to Georgia.
In three seasons, Graunke has completed 133 passes in 217 attempts for 1,899 yards with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Junior Inoke Funaki is the only other quarterback on the roster who has played in a game for UH. He has 16 completions in 27 attempts for 264 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in mostly mop-up acton the past two seasons. With Graunke off the team the past several weeks, Funaki will likely take the first snaps in camp.
Senior Jake Santos and freshmen Shane Austin, Kiran Kepo'o and Bryce Kalauokaaea will jockey for position this spring, too.
Two intriguing junior-college transfer quarterbacks join the Warriors in the summer: Greg Alexander and Brent Rausch.