Former UH running back signs with European team

Former UH running back Ryan Tuiasoa still has pro dreams. His current one will be narrated in Finnish.

Tuiasoa said he has signed a contract to play for the Hameenlinna Huskies of Finland’s Maple League.

Tuiasoa participated in UH’s pro day last week, but decided “I needed more film if I was going to make a real run at it.”

At the suggestion of former Warriors Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea and Makoa Camanse-Stevens — both of whom played in Germany last year — Tuiasoa enrolled in what is essentially a head hunter’s program for European teams. Tuiasoa received several responses, then decided to accept an offer from Jeremy Brigham, a former tight end for the Oakland Raiders who coached in Italy last year.

“Jeremy Brigham is bringing me over there so I Can get more film and have that overseas experience,” Tuiasoa said.

Tuiasoa said the Maple League season opens in two weeks.

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Marie Kondo wrote a series of inspirational books encouraging readers to pursue things that spark joy.

Which brings us to UH baseball.

Is there a more joyous player than Logan Pouelsen, who had three extra base hits — including a triple — and pitched three hitless innings of relief in UH’s 4-3 victory over UC Irvine yesterday? From the full mustache to the arms-first slides to the strongman poses, Pouelsen is a fan favorite who seems to really enjoy the sport. You’d have to go back to former ‘Bow Billy Blanchette — a pitcher, hitter, Whiffle Ball enthusiast — who thoroughly loved baseball.

Pouelsen also conjures memories of:

> La‘anui Correa, who, as legend has it, used to sleep with a helmet on in the days leading to the start of training camp.

> Anthony Carter, who was discovered playing in a midnight basketball league in Atlanta. Carter, who was a high-school dropout, eventually attended Saddleback Community College and then UH before embarking on an NBA career than spanned 14 seasons. He is now a coach.

> Alan Hackbarth, who made volleyball and basketball fans root for timeouts. Nicknamed “Rubberband Man,” he energized crowds with his Gumby-like dance moves. The thing is, Hackbarth was just as enthusiastic as a seldom-used UH defensive back. But he worked hard and earned teammates’ respect. He won a UH letter in 1998.


  1. islandman March 30, 2018 8:41 am

    Go Logan and UH

  2. islandman March 30, 2018 8:44 am

    Go Ryan.
    Aaron Valdes, newcomer of the year in Mexican Pro league.
    Still wowing everybody.

  3. Stephen Tsai March 30, 2018 8:48 am

    Nice choice on Valdes, Mr. Islandman.

  4. iceebear March 30, 2018 9:10 am

    I don’t know if I would be playing in a Mexican league, given all the random violence and possible criminal types betting on games. Wonder if they have bodyguards and tight security?

  5. jkk808 March 30, 2018 9:12 am

    I’ve followed Carl English’s career off and on over the years as he kept balling overseas. Amazing that he’s still playing, now back in Canada:

  6. Stephen Tsai March 30, 2018 9:37 am

    Carl English overcame a horrific childhood tragedy (his parents died in the aftermath of a house fire). I always wish the best for him

  7. Da Punchbowl Kid March 30, 2018 9:51 am

    Here’s hoping that Ryan Tuiasoa is able to “finish” his NFL dreams with lotsa film from up north. In any case, it’ll be a great adventure for him!

  8. Inyoface March 30, 2018 10:17 am

    I hope the XFL succeeds the next time around, would be nice to have another pro league in the states.

  9. Aaron March 30, 2018 10:39 am

    The other pro football league started by Dick Ebersol’s son (or someone) that is set to debut in 2019 seems more promising than the XFL. I hope that at least one of them do pan out and exist as a long-term off-season football watching option.

  10. BigWave96744 March 30, 2018 10:59 am

    MANY have said Tuiasoa should have gotten more carries last season. ST Juste may not have gotten the rushing yards record but we may have won a few more games.

    BUT then of course the same was said about playing time for Timoteo, Bernard, Okeke, McDonald.

    Blessings to Ryan Tuiasoa in Europe.
    BTW, Tyler Grauke also played up in Germany

  11. Lowtone123 March 30, 2018 11:03 am

    The only play more exciting than a triple is an inside-the-park home run.

  12. Boolakanaka March 30, 2018 11:49 am

    Good for Ryan….I think it’s clear to most, that he should have received much more touches last season. He seemed to always exhibit a dynamic and powerful burst…..personally, I was disappointed that he was not on the field more.

  13. Inyoface March 30, 2018 1:21 pm

    DSJ’s yard average was deceiving, the long runs boosted his average up but he mostly got stuffed at the line of scrimmage.

  14. H-Man March 30, 2018 5:04 pm

    Boola, amen to that. Ryan should have gotten way more touches last season.

  15. seewhy March 30, 2018 10:48 pm

    Good luck to Ryan!

  16. 808WarriorFan March 31, 2018 11:48 am

    Can anyone confirm this rumor … Strength Coach Joseph “Bubba”Reynolds has been relieved of this duties …

  17. Stephen Tsai March 31, 2018 11:50 am

    New post:

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