UH FB’s Jonah Kahahawai-Welch uses injury-comeback as learning experience

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Spring practice continues for the University of Hawaii football team. Kamehameha-grad Jonah Kahahawai-Welch is out there grinding like he always does. 

The redshirt freshman defensive lineman from Kailua had quite the season in his first year with the Rainbow Warriors. He had shoulder surgery midway through the schedule but worked hard to get back, and was able to play in the Hawaii Bowl. He credits, in part, veteran wide reciever John Ursua for his mental strength.

“He’s a big part of it because he taught me regardless of what happens, God always has a reason for you,” said Hahawai-Welch. “So I think as soon as I got injured I just looked at it as another opportunity, really, and came back. I believe it was one of the better things that happened to me in my life because it taught me a lot; how to drive through things, how to push through a lot of mental things. I mean, just telling myself to keep working because regardless there’s always going to be a good outcome when you keep working.”

“He did what he was supposed to do,” said Rainbow Warriors head coach Nick Rolovich. “And then he went above and beyond to get back. Just to be able to practice and play with this team at the end of the season. Again, a high want-to level for him.”

Spring camp culminates with the spring game on April 27th.

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