Jordan Pu'u-Robinson is 2-for-2 in appeals to the NCAA.
The fifth-year player for the University of Hawaii football team was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA last week.
"I officially got a sixth year for a medical redshirt," said Pu'u-Robinson, a graduate of Baldwin High School who spent his first three years of high school at Kamehameha Maui. "A lot of hard work by our director of compliance, the athletic department, the coaches, they really helped me out."
Pu'u-Robinson started his college career as a defensive lineman at Washington State in 2009 when he redshirted as a freshman. He missed the entire 2010 season with a knee injury, then recorded nine tackles in 10 games in 2011 for the Cougars before transferring to UH for the 2012 season due to family reasons.
After winning an appeal to the NCAA to be immediately eligible for the Warriors, he was limited to two games last season with a hand injury. He had three tackles, including two in his lone start against San Diego State.
"My petition was based on my torn ACL in 2010 and then my broken hand slash finger last season," he said. "They were both season-enders. We knew I had a real good shot, but nothing is ever guaranteed with the NCAA. It looked good and once all the paperwork was in, all the medical reports and all that stuff, it was good to go."
Now, he is a tight end set to make his season debut on Saturday at Nevada. He missed the first two games of this season with a shoulder injury.
"It lets me settle in at tight end," Pu'u-Robinson said. "Now I have the whole season, the offseason, the spring, summer to really develop and get better. Hopefully for my senior year I can be fully developed."
He is set to graduate this spring with a degree in communications and a minor in business.
"I am either looking in to double-majoring or working on my masters, so we'll see," he said. "Now I have a couple semesters to try and see what I want to do."
Pu'u-Robinson played some tight end in high school, but has not lined up at the position since 2008 for the Bears.
"I'm not where I want to be, but I'm getting there," he said. "Just a few things that I need to polish up. I can definitely see improvement."
Pu'u-Robinson would not say where he is on the depth chart, but offered this clue.
"Watch on Saturday and you will find out," he said. "I can't say too much, but I will be playing. The shoulder is healed and I'm ready to go."
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