To fringe fans, defensive end Fanupo Peapealalo‘s name is not one of the first to be answered in a UH game of word association.
He grew up in Riverside, Calif., went to NAIA Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, for two years, and then joined the Warriors in 2017.
Since then, he redshirted in 2017 and logged one game in 2018. But then at every practice, he was pounding away, either on the scout team or in the regular defensive rotation as the strong-side end.
The coaches, who video every play of every practice, took notice. They saw him put on the weight to be the hybrid who can set the edge and also side inside. So did teammates. And with a scholarship to give, head coach Nick Rolovich decided to offer one to Peapealalo.