Running back Nate Ilaoa’s football career apparently does not have an expiration date.
Ilaoa is among six former Warriors who will compete in an all-star game in Japan next month. Ilaoa’s last UH was season was in 2006. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2007. He was cut before the 2007 started, then signed with Columbus of the Arena Football League. That team folded at the end of that year.
Last month, UH was invited to compete in the Japan Bowl. According to the format, UH will have two coaches and six former Warriors on a team with all stars from Japan’s professional league. UNLV will have the same number of representatives on the opposing team.
UH associate head coach Rich Miano and graduate assistant Inoke Funaki will coach the Warrior team, which includes Ilaoa, linebacker Blaze Soares, defensive tackle Tuika Tufaga, offensive linemen Tala Esera and Bronson Tiwanak, and safety Spencer Smith.
The UH group leaves July 2, and the game will be played July 11.
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Some of the state’s top prep linemen are participating in this weekend’s UH Big Man’s Camp.
Here’s defensive end Kory Rasmussen of Kamehameha Schools: