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Y. gets no sympathy from 'Bows, who have their own QB problems

So the BYU football team has questions and concerns at the quarterback position as it prepares for Saturday's game against Hawaii?

Don't expect the visiting Rainbow Warriors to shed any tears.Going into Saturday's game at Cougar Stadium (noon kickoff), the 'Bows already have delved three deep for QBs on their roster.

- Senior starter Tim Carey - a former backup at Stanford - lasted just three-plus games before suffering a shoulder injury against UNLV in the Rainbows' fourth game. Carey may be able to return next week when Hawaii hosts San Diego State.

- Backup Dan Robinson, a junior from American Fork by way of Ricks College, lasted just one series in the season-opener against Minnesota. He was hampered by a previous shin injury, thought originally in April to be shin splints but recently diagnosed as a stress fracture. Robinson has applied for a medical-hardship redshirt season.

- Current starter Josh Skinner is a sophomore who started seven games as a freshman but saw the handwriting on the depth charts and didn't bother with spring practice because of an anticipated transfer to Northern Colorado. Problems with the transfer kept him at Hawaii, while injuries to others moved him into the starting lineup two weeks ago.

In the Bows' 28-16 home triumph over Fresno State last week, Skinner completed 11-of-15 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown. In his two starts, Skinner is 23-of-33 for 264 yards.

- In reserve for Saturday's game is Johnny Macon, who Y. fans may remember as a one-time Hawaii QB starter in past seasons. He has since moved to wide-out, but is the Bows' backup if Skinner is unable to play.

GETTING REGULAR AGAIN: After coach Fred vonAppen called his offense "constipated," the 'Bows broke open last week against Fresno State. Besides Skinner's near-perfect passing efforts - just two incompletions in 15 attempts - freshman running back Charles Tharp rushed 29 times for 413 yards and two touchdowns.

Tharp's efforts would have merited serious consideration for WAC Pacific Division player-of-the-week honors - had Hawaii's nomination to the league office not been stymied by a fax-machine problem.

Tharp didn't play the fourth quarter of last week's game, suffering a bruised shoulder. He is listed as probable for Saturday.

DEDICATION: Hawaii has dedicated its 1997 season to Shannon Smith, a member of the Rainbow Warriors who drowned March 29 while saving vonAppen's 6-year-old son, Cody, at Waipahee Slippery Slide, a popular freshwater stream in the mountains of the island of Kauai.

MISCELLANEOUS: The Warriors are 3-3 overall and 1-3 in the WAC . . . Hawaii has lost 18 straight WAC road games . . . BYU starting guard Joe Wong started 12 games at right tackle for Hawaii as a redshirt freshman in 1995. He transferred to BYU last year, losing a year of eligibility because of this transfer within the WAC . . . Wong is one of seven Hawaii natives on the BYU roster. Others include Harland Ah You, Donny Atuaia, Stan Moleni, Hyrum Summers and brothers Kelepi and Tevita Ofahengaue . . . The Rainbows have allowed three special-team touchdowns in the past two games; while BYU is 110th in Division I-A in punt returns, averaging 2.4 yards a return . . . Hawaii drew only 21,645 fans at the Aloha Bowl last week to see the win over Fresno State.