Kurt Gouveia has spent a football life being overlooked.
UH did not recruit Gouveia, the state’s player of the year. He went to BYU, became an All-WAC linebacker and was a key member of the Cougars’ national championship team.
NFL teams were wary, too. He was selected in the 1986 NFL draft’s eighth round, a round that no longer exists. He played 13 seasons in the NFL, and earned two Super Bowl championship rings with the Washington Redskins. He made an interception in Super Bowl XXVI.
Last year, his first as a UH assistant coach, he offered a calm — but firm — teaching style to the outside linebackers. TJ Taimatuia had his best UH season under Gouveia’s guidance.
But Gouveia often deferred to defensive coordinator Kevin Clune, who has since departed to Utah State.
Now, according to people in the know, Gouveia has assumed a more active role in recruiting and helping to craft the direction of this season’s defense. It was Gouveia who scouted and recommended signing Rojesterman Farris, a cornerback from Coral Springs, Fla. Farris signed his letter of intent late Wednesday. Gouveia was impressed with Farris’ skills and quickness during the Football University combine in California. Scouting services overlooked Farris. That’s something Gouveia can understand — and appreciate.