One of the fun things about bye week is the different players who get a shot.
Yesterday, that was running back Pereese Joas.
His turn with the regular offense was so unexpected that the media relations staff could not identify him. Despite joining near the end of training camp, Joas is not listed in the media guide or roster.
But we remember Joas from his breakout performance at UH’s tryouts for walk-ons in February 2013. He had the fastest sprint times, the longest jumps, the longest hair.
Three weeks later, Texas-raised Joas was added to the UH roster. But there was one condition. He had to abide by the Warriors’ short-hair policy. Joas agreed, cut his hair and then learned he did not have enough credits to participate in spring training.
That fall, he also did not earn enough credits to play in the 2013 season.
Nor the 2014 spring training.
But he kept at it, and finally was declared eligible this summer. He was not added to the initial training-camp roster. But with injuries, he eventually was summoned.
This season, he has practiced as a running back on the scout offense. Yesterday, while still wearing his yellow scout jersey, he was invited to take turns with the regular offense. He had some nice runs, displaying speed and quick-cut agility.
The Warriors are restocked at running back with Diocemy Saint Juste, Dominique Small, Jason Muraoka and, even, Justin Vele backing Steven Lakalaka. But for a day, at least, Joas showed persistence can be rewarded.
Here’s his highlight video: Joas