First, it was the departure of three of the top four receivers for Hawaii: Billy Ray Stutzmann, Chris Gant, and Clark Evans, all graduated in 2014.
Then, the decision from Keith Kirkwood to transfer closer to home to Temple just as fall camp was about to begin hurt the Warriors receiving corp. A few days later, Junior Vasquez Haynes returned to the mainland for shoulder surgery, and is expected to miss the 2014 season as well.
Of course, because there are never enough setbacks, Hawaii announced today that Freshman Wide Receiver Devan Stubblefield will miss the 2014 season due to a torn ACL and meniscus. The 2-star prospect from Honolulu could have been starting at WR this year with the recent setbacks. Stubblefield was the No. 6 prospect in the state and was named to Honolulu's Star-Advisor's All-State first team after racking up 45 catches for 861 yards his Senior year.
Norm Chow knows someone will have to step up for the Hawaii offense before the season kicks off:
"It's unfortunate and we feel so badly for the young man," head coach Norm Chow said in a statement. "He was one of our top prospects and we really felt he could help us this season. He still promises to be an outstanding player for us and we wish him a full recovery. It's just a bump in the road and someone will need to step up."
The group of Wide Receivers is incredibly thin, and the Warriors are only three days into fall camp. If WR Coach Luke Matthews cannot find a decent second/third receiver weapon for whomever the starting QB is to start the season, it'll be another long, difficult season for the Hawaii offense.