University of Hawaii offensive lineman Kohl Levao will not play again this season

The University of Hawaii football team will be without one of its top offensive linemen for the rest of the season.

“Kohl Levao is done for the season,” head coach Todd Graham announced during today’s Zoom conference with reporters.

Graham indicated that Levao, a 6-foot-6, 350-pound senior, aggravated a leg injury during the past Saturday’s 34-10 road loss to San Diego State.

“He’s had the same recurring injury,” Graham said. “He’s been a champion. He tried to work through it.”

Graham said it was a mutual decision for Levao not to play in the Rainbow Warriors’ four remaining games of this abbreviated eight-week regular season.

“For his future, it’s something he needed to get fixed,” Graham said. “That’s kind of the decision we made. I think that’s in his best interest, as well.”

Levao started in all 14 UH games in 2018 after transferring from City College of San Francisco. He played 10 games at right tackle before moving to center.

He was named to the 2019 watch list of the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s top center. But Levao suffered an injury during training camp, and missed the first 11 games of the 2019 season. Because of leg issues, he did not make his first 2020 start until this past weekend.

“He’s a warrior,” Graham said. “He’s a tough, tough guy. You talk about fighting through it. He was basically playing through it. He still was going to have (a medical procedure) done at the end of the season, anyway. But after injuring it again, it’s just going to keep happening every game. It’s something we thought we needed to do.”

Michael Eletise, who started the first three games at left guard, is expected to open there against Boise State.

The NCAA is allowing each football player an extra season of eligibility. That means Levao, a fifth-year senior, will be eligible to play for the Warriors next season.

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