Graunke returns to practice

HONOLULU — Tyler Graunke is back. Graunke who was the leading backup to Colt Brennan last season is returning to practice with the Hawai‘i Warriors after being ruled academically ineligible for five weeks. Graunke is the most experienced of Hawai‘i’s four quarterbacks.

The Warriors started fall camp without him and have since announced that junior college transfer Brent Rausch will be the top quarterback. Rausch, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound sophomore, played one year at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, Calif., where he completed 201-of-330 passes for 2,653 yards and 28 touchdowns.

Warrior head football coach Greg McMackin also announced the team’s depth chart at the QB position which puts Rausch at the top, local boy Inoke Funaki second and transfer Greg Alexander third.

Graunke threw one of Hawai‘i’s TDs in the Sugar Bowl. A month later, Graunke was suspended for breaking unspecified team rules.

McMackin said that Graunke will not be traveling with the team to their season opener next week against Florida.

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