In building a football dream, Jordan Gomes is delaying his building dreams.
As a junior academically and a sophomore athletically, Gomes needed a certain percentage of credits in his major — engineering — to be eligible to play for the Hawaii football team this season.
Because he has significantly more credits in Hawaiian studies than engineering, he decided to make that field his major.
But the past two years, Gomes was receiving an academic scholarship from the engineering department. By switching majors, he is being forced to forfeit about $7,000 annually. He was notified of the scholarship loss yesterday.
Gomes, who does not receive a football scholarship, now must pay for his tuition and school expenses.
"I’m giving up my tuition to play football," Gomes acknowledged.
Gomes said it was a difficult decision, but that it was the only way he could remain eligible to play.
When he first enrolled at UH, Gomes’ plan was to major in engineering and minor in Hawaiian language. He still plans to take all of the required engineering classes.
"I’m not giving up my education," Gomes said.
Gomes has been used as a safety and nickel back this season.
If the Western Athletic Conference opener against Louisiana Tech were today instead of this Saturday, left wideout Rodney Bradley probably would not play. He is recovering from a strained left hamstring, and his availability is listed as "questionable."
"It probably will go down to the wire," Bradley said. "It’s a game-day decision. Right now, it doesn’t look like I’ll be playing."
Billy Ray Stutzmann, Joe Avery and Dustin Blount practiced at left wideout yesterday.
Bradley attended yesterday’s 2-hour practice, but did not participate in any of the drills. He said the left hamstring is "a little sore." He said it is "not torn," but "still pretty tight."
He said his rehabilitation includes ice treatments and electrical-stimulation therapy.
Davis resolves issues
Lametrius Davis has resolved what he described as "personal issues," and reclaimed the starting left cornerback’s job.
Davis struggled in the first two games. He lost his starting job, but played well against Colorado and Charleston Southern.
"I was going through some stuff back home (in Portland)," said Davis, acknowledging the problems escalated two days before the start of the Warriors’ training camp in August. "It was kind of hard."
Davis confided with Barrett Awai, the area director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, as well as with teammates Jeramy Bryant, Kamalu Umu, Kawika Ornellas, Lewis Walker and Bryant Moniz.
"They got behind me and supported me as much as possible," Davis said.
He added: "I’m back to being myself."
Umu back to left side
Umu has moved from defensive right end to the left side — and, likely, back onto the first team.
Umu had difficulty in the Colorado game two weeks ago, going to the sideline after the third defensive play of the game.
"I think I got myself too excited before the game," Umu recalled. "I wasted all of my energy. When it came to game time, it was hard for me to function."
But he played well against Charleston Southern, a school he attended two years ago.