You’ve never heard of Joseph Malabuyoc.
And even if his name rings a very small bell, you wouldn’t be able to pick him out of lineup, even though he has the longest hair by a Warrior since Ryan Keomaka.
And that’s OK with Malabuyoc, who has become the house guest who wouldn’t leave.
He’s been cut twice. Coaches can’t pronounce his last name. Everybody thinks he’s local. He’s one of three internationally raised players. Adrian Thomas and Alex Dunnachie are from Down Under; Malabuyoc is from Up Over (Canada).
He pursued a dream of playing American football. That included playing on scout teams and sitting in the stands during home games.
“I’m not a quitter,” he said.
And coaches started to notice. Two days before Thanksgiving, his name was on the travel roster to New Mexico State, a list posted right near his locker. It was the first time he made the travel roster.
Tomorrow night, he is among 28 Warriors taking the “senior walk.”
“No regrets,” Malabuyoc said. “I’ve had a great time.”
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I guess there is such a thing as karma. Avis chose LizKauai as the winner of the Colt DVD.