Dustin Elisara was on track to be the Warriors’ starting fullback — a UH position not employed since the 1998 season — when he suffered a horrific knee injury during a 2012 scrimmage on Maui.
It was a frustrating setback for Elisara, a 2010 Kapolei High graduate who redshirted his first year at UH and was on the scout team in 2011.
Elisara underwent intensive physical therapy during the 2012 season, but just couldn’t return to the health level needed to play collegiate football. Last year, he accepted a medical retirement, which meant he remained on scholarship but was not allowed to play football again, at least not for UH.
Elisara is now a husband, father and, a week from today, will be a UH graduate.