Bubba Poueu-Luna is willing to give the shirt off his back.
The Warriors were recruiting a linebacker, and Poueu-Luna was asked if he would relinquish his jersey number 36.
“I’m a team man,” Poueu-Luna said. “I gave it up. I moved on to a better number.”
Poueu-Luna said his new number — 9 — is a better aesthetic fit.
“I think I look better in 9,” he said, smiling.
Poueu-Luna is hoping for a change in fortunes this season. His first two UH years were peppered with injuries. He missed the final three games of 2011 after contracting mononucleosis.
“It was the worst thing I had,” he said.
He is now back in good health and practicing as the No. 1 free safety.
“He’s a good solid player,” defensive coordinator Thom Kaumeyer said.
Poueu-Luna has benefitted from the Warriors’ clean-slate program.
“Show us what you can do,” Kaumeyer said of the approach entering spring training. “We have no pre-determined depth charts. We’re going from the starting point.”
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