Thursday, September 11, 1997
For the last seven months, the No. 2 quarterback for the University of Hawaii pushed his sore legs to the limit. Late last week, they finally pushed back.
As a result, Robinson will be out at least three weeks, putting Josh Skinner as the backup quarterback for the rest of this month, and probably for the season.
If top quarterback Tim Carey can remain healthy, it makes sense for UH head coach Fred vonAppen to seek a medical hardship for Robinson, and give him two more years with the Rainbows.
"That's up to Coach vonAppen," Robinson said yesterday. He has been on crutches all week and will remain that way for a while.
"We're going to see how my shins feel," the junior college transfer said. "I've got to talk with coach and see what's best for the team. I don't know if I'll get back this season. It depends on how I feel.
"They've hurt for seven months and have actually got worse and worse. I've got to stay off of them for at least three weeks. There are no fractures, so that's good."
VonAppen is reluctant to say anything definite. He prefers to wait and see what develops over the next couple of months before making any decisions.
"We're going to have to rest him," vonAppen said. "He was advised to do it and we were advised he do it months and months ago, but he didn't want to because he wanted to stay in the competitive loop with Tim.
"He competed hard, but not as well as he might have been able to had he had two good wheels. We'll have to get him off his feet if he's going to have any chance to play the balance of the season.
"It's to his credit because he's been competitive throughout. He didn't want to step away or back off."
Skinner, who thought last spring after deciding to remain with the program that he would be redshirted this season, is suddenly thrust into the limelight.
He's only one play away from being back on the field. Last year, he was No. 2 to Glenn Freitas and started in Hawaii's 66-0 loss at the University of Wyoming.
"I'm kind of in the same situation I was last year, I've just got to be ready to go at any moment," said Skinner, who completed 22 of 63 passes in 1996 for 232 yards and one touchdown.
"When I decided to come back, I was told I would probably redshirt. But a lot has changed since then. So I'm ready. I really like this offense more than the one we used last year."
INJURY UPDATE: Linebackers Punahou Aina (hamstring), Rufus Ayeni (knee) and Rinda Brooks (stomach strain) returned to practice yesterday and will probably play this weekend.
Receiver Jason Mane also was back at practice, but will sit out at least another week before testing the torn ACL in his knee.
Players joining Mane on the sidelines this week are Robinson (shinsplints), linebacker Stephen Gonzales (shoulder and ankle), who may also seek a medical hardship, tight end Armando Morlos (hernia), nose guard Tony Tuioti (knee) and running back Anthony Diieso (turf toe). Freshman Avion Weaver moved to fullback this week to replace the injured Diieso.
ON SCHOLARSHIP: VonAppen announced after yesterday's practice that wide receiver Eleu Kane, running back Calvin Mims and linebacker Larry Slade have been put on scholarship.
Kane transferred from Montana and is currently tied for second on the team in receptions with five for 56 yards. Mims is No. 2 to Morrie Roe at fullback. He has carried the ball five times for 24 yards and has three receptions for 35 yards. Slade has one tackle.
--By Paul Arnett