Posted: 10:00 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
By Michael Gooding
Julian Gener, a junior linebacker who has broke through this season will miss the rest of the year after suffering an elbow injury. Gener will undergo 'tommy john' surgery. The injury is common amongst pitchers in baseball but the recovery time shouldn't be as long for a football player.
Prior to attending Hawaii Gener attended Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California for two years. He was a 2012 All-America Community College Football first-team selection.
Gener seen extended time this year against Oregon State when Brenden Daley had to be carted off the field early in the first quarter with a concussion. He went on to shine, leading the defense with 11 tackles, one sack and returned an interception for a touchdown. In the follow up game against Nevada he was handed his first start of the season and added to his statistics with another two tackles (one for a loss). Luckily he meets the criteria for a medical red shirt and will therefore be able to play through the 2015 season.
The injury will be a big loss to a Warrior defense which has been stout against the run so far, leading the mountain west. The unit as a whole seems to be steadily gaining momentum and no doubt this news will be a set back. Brenden Daley will be starting at middle linebacker and Jerrol Garcia-Williams who didn't play in Reno will be back at the SAM. Garcia-Williams is a sophomore who registered a sack at USC and has 12 total tackles on the year. TJ Taimatuia, a junior hasn't seen any game time this year will see more opportunities after being named on the depth chart as Garcia-Williams chief back up.