The University of Hawaii Football team’s training camp continued at Joseph Platt Cooke Field on Thursday, where the Rainbow Warrior receiving corps is looking to find a rhythm with new starting quarterback Max Wittek.
Through the first two days, Quinton Pedroza and Marcus Kemp have been working on the outside at split end and flanker respectively, with slot back Dylan Collie taking first team reps inside.
One player hoping to play his way into the rotation in 2015 is redshirt freshman Devan Stubblefield. The 2014 Saint Louis graduate and 2013 Cover2 Tommy Kaulukukui Award finalist missed all of last season with a torn ACL suffered on day one of training camp. However, Stubblefield says he will be ready to go this season after partially participating in spring camp.
It wasn’t an easy road to get to what he calls ninety percent strength.
“Basically I got hurt the first day, which was yesterday. I never expected any of it to happen. A lot of people don’t realize how big a factor the ACL surgery is mentally,” Stubblefield said. “I’m not going to lie. There’s been times where I was ready to say, ‘Hey I gotta go to rehab and I’m ready to throw in the towel.’ After all, I’m right here right now and my knee has been feeling better than it was a year ago, and that’s the main thing. So I just have to stay healthy through fall camp and just keep doing my thing.”
As a senior at Saint Louis two years ago, Stubblefield tallied 45 catches for 861 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 18.2 yards per catch and 117.3 receiving yards per game.
Rainbow Warrior training camp continues Friday. View the practice schedule here.