Max Broman is one of those hard-working, never-complain guys that every football team needs but might not be able to put on scholarship.
Broman, who was raised in Utah, gave it the old college try when he served as a scout running back while redshirting as a freshman in 2013.
Even though Utah residents are eligible to participate in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program, in which a non-resident pays 150 percent the price of a resident’s tuition, that still comes out to $15,600 annually for tuition and fees. And that does not include housing, food and other living/school expenses.
And so Broman became another walk-on who could not afford to live his football dream. He quit the UH football team last year.
But while Broman left the team, he did not leave Hawaii. Instead, he apparently worked to help cover school expenses. Broman is back with the Warriors, this time as a linebacker.
A walk-on needs to be in the program at least two years before being awarded a scholarship without it counting against the 25 initials a team is allowed each year. Broman will need another year for consideration for an initial-exempt scholarship.
Meanwhile, he continues to work hard.
He also is helping, in small part, in supporting the athletic program. Walk-ons, like all non-scholarship UH-Manoa students, are required to pay $50 a semester in athletic fees.