Bradley aiming for full recovery
BY Stephen Tsai
Hawai'i wideout Rodney Bradley yesterday vowed to make a full recovery from a broken left leg.
"I'm going to rehab it, and then get ready for next season," Bradley said.
In the second quarter of Saturday's 35-23 loss to Idaho, Bradley made a catch, ran upfield and was knocked down after hitting the right leg of safety Shiloh Keo.
Bradley was taken to Gritman Medical Center, where he underwent surgery Saturday night. During the operation, a rod was inserted into his left leg to provide stability for the broken bone.
Bradley said he was not told the specifics of his injury. But he said he has been assured he will be able to make a full recovery after undergoing a rehabilitation program.
He also said he would not comment on the circumstances that led to the injury because he has not reviewed a video of the play.
Bradley, who transferred from Texas' Navarro Junior College in January, has been enjoying a breakout season. Among Division I-A starters, he is third in yards per catch with an average of 18.55.
He also is 21st in receptions per game (5.17). Bradley has 31 catches for 575 yards and five touchdowns.
"It's frustrating," Bradley said, "but injuries are part of the game. The only thing I can do is get better as fast as I can."
Bradley and head trainer Eric Okasaki remained in Moscow, Idaho. They are scheduled to return to Hawai'i tomorrow.
"Everything will be fine," Bradley said.
Joe Avery, a third-year sophomore, is expected to succeed Bradley as the No. 1 left wideout.
"I know they want me to fill his shoes," Avery said. "I have to play my game. He's a playmaker. I have to do what I can."
Avery, who has been timed running 40 yards in under 4.5 seconds, has spent the past couple of years adding bulk to his 6-foot-5 frame. He said he now weighs 195.
"That's a big jump from what I used to be," Avery said.
He also works extra sessions on his catching. Avery often can be seen using the JUGS machine.
While welcoming an opportunity to contribute, Avery said, "I didn't like how it played out, that Rodney got hurt. He's a good player."
Royce Pollard also has experience as a left wideout. Pollard is recovering from a stress fracture in his left fibula. He did not make the trip to Idaho.
Jovonte Taylor is the starting right wideout.
The other wideouts with experience are Craig Bell, Mike Tinoco and Jett Jasper.