In 2010, the Warriors needed to rebuild the offensive line. They signed London Sapolu from the JC ranks, and made a future deal with Australia’s Blake Muir, who would delay enrolling for a semester. Then five offensive linemen were brought in for what was hoped would be a core group for seasons to come.
Sean Shigematsu and Jordan Loeffler, who grayshirted in 2009, were tall with good footwork. Frank Loyd Jr. was athletic. Dave Lefotu was considered the most ready. Then there was Kody Afusia — at 6 feet 2, the shortest of the group — who was an accomplished wrestler and field competitor. As a senior, Afusia was his league’s player of the year … on defense.
As part of a team-bonding activity during his redshirt year, Afusia was hypnotized into thinking he had 11 fingers. It was a twist, as we would learn. Afusia usually made believers out of others.
Afusia was never the fastest or strongest UH lineman. But after those miserably hot training-camp practices, Afusia was the fastest linemen running gassers. And early in his senior year, with his fractured hand in a cast, he found the strength and guile to neutralize defensive linemen and linebackers.
Yesterday, Afusia received an invitation to participate in the Arizona Cardinals’ mini camp this coming weekend. There are no guarantees, only a shot to prove he deserves another shot.
Afusia, who can count on 11 fingers the numbers of times he was doubted, embraces those odds.