UH’s Tanuvasa takes on new position, while representing home team


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — As the 2021 Rainbow Warriors football season continues, new players are beginning to make key contributions to the team, players like Saint Louis alumni Eliki Tanuvasa.

Tanuvasa, a transfer junior, was propelled to the starting right guard spot on the Bows offensive line, helping UH to back-to-back wins over previously ranked New Mexico State and Fresno State.

The former Crusader’s natural position is in the middle, but Tanuvasa says being able to play all places on the o line is paramount, especially for a walk-on.

“That’s one of the most important things you can do, be really versatile because if you only play one position the coaches don’t want to rely on you too much and if you can play everywhere you can. counting on five different opportunities, five different things. Tanuvasa told reporters. “Me being still a step, I have to be ready at any time, the pressure is a little more, so I’m a little more proud to try to know exactly what everyone is doing every game.”

The junior transferred to Manoa in 2019, after spending a season at Eastern Illinois, which was his only scholarship offer out of high school, but Tanuvasa knew the opportunity to play for the home team was something he wanted. he couldn’t let it go.

“Oh man, it’s a pretty indescribable feeling, it’s so awesome to know that being born and raised here, growing up, you know, going through the Brennan era, Aloha Stadium going crazy and now looking up to these guys and now being in their shoes is like a dream come true, really,” Tanuvasa said. “You know, all the boys around here, they always dream of representing Hawaii, no matter where we go and what better than to have Hawaii written on your chest.”

Another reason Tanuvasa returned home was to care for his father, who fell ill during his first campaign on the continent.

After going through some tough days, Tanuvasa says his dad has made a full recovery and with fans returning to UH football games in just a week, having his dad in the stands is going to be an indescribable feeling.

“It will definitely be another dream come true.” said Tanuvasa. “My dad is over everything, he taught me right from wrong, he was my first coach, my first role model, my friend and everything and that’s basically why I came home to help support my family, so I can give back and show him that all his hard work he has done for me is paying off.

The ‘Bows are in Reno this week to take on Nevada – kickoff is scheduled for Saturday at 4:30 p.m. HST.

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