Warrior gains scholarship, Peters checks out practice

Leonard Peters
Leonard Peters

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - When UH defensive end Kamalu Umu left Charleston Southern to come home, he gave up his full scholarship to walk-on as a Warrior.

But through hard work and an open spot, the Kapaa native is now getting his schooling paid for once again.

Umu, who is married and has a 2-year-old daughter, takes on the scholarship spot vacated by Veni Manu who quit the team.

He's one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet, but once you get on the field whether it's football or rugby, watch out!

Former Warrior standout Leonard Peters is back in town. He checked out the UH practice on Friday and got to see the new Clarence T.C. Ching Field as well.

The former New York Jet and Chicago Bear has made a smooth transition to rugby.

"In rugby, not like football where you can play offense or defense and come off the field, rugby you play offense, defense, special teams, you play everything, fitness wise, football didn't prepare me for it, but tackling and running the ball, football helped me," he said.

Rugby will become an Olympic sport and that's what Peters is gearing up for. Plus, he's also preparing to play in the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

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