The University of Hawai‘i baseball team fell to Nevada, 10-3 in WAC tournament action, yesterday in Fresno, Calif.
Ilaoa granted eligibility extension
The NCAA has informed the University of Hawai’i Athletics Department that running back Nate Ilaoa has been granted an extension of the five-year rule, allowing him to play an additional season of football.
Ilaoa, 23, sustained a knee injury in the season-opening game against Appalachian State on Aug. 30, 2003, and was granted a medical hardship waiver from the Western Athletic Conference. The former wide receiver sat out the 2004 season recovering from shoulder surgery and was moved to running back in the fall of 2005.
Ilaoa made his debut at running back last season and led the Warriors with 85 carries for 643 yards and six touchdowns. He averaged 7.6 yards per carry and 58.5 yards per game in the Warriors’ pass-oriented offense. The Stafford, Va., native also recorded 36 catches for 274 yards and one touchdown in 2005.
“We’re excited that Nate will get another opportunity to play college football,” Warrior head coach June Jones said. “He is one of our most gifted players. Hopefully, he can apply himself this year and take advantage of his second chance.”
Earlier this week, Warrior safety Leonard Peters was granted an extension of his five-year eligibility clock after missing the 2005 season with a knee injury suffered in the opening game against USC.