Medical hardship for Canton Kaumatule

Canton Kaumatule was a standout defensive end for the Punahou Buffanblu in 2014. Dennis Oda / Star-Advertiser
Canton Kaumatule was a standout defensive end for the Punahou Buffanblu in 2014. Dennis Oda / Star-Advertiser

The Register-Guard reported Tuesday that former Punahou defensive end Canton Kaumatule has accepted a medical hardship and will no longer play football at the University of Oregon.

Kaumatule will be permitted to complete his education in Euguene on scholarship. The 6-foot-7, 295-pound sophomore was a Star-Advertiser all-state selection at Punahou.

He played in five games this season and made three tackles and is no longer listed on Oregon’s official football roster.

He’s the second Oregon player from Hawaii forced to retire for medical reasons this season. Moanalua alumnus Ratu Mafileo had to call it quits last month due to a back injury.


  1. Mahatma Gandhi November 9, 2016 5:47 pm

    what happened to him?

  2. Manley November 9, 2016 8:05 pm

    Good luck to him. Get that education. Now colleges will not hesitate to medical op out.

  3. PONO November 9, 2016 9:28 pm

    He could transfer and play at another school if they medically clear him.

  4. turfwar November 9, 2016 11:45 pm

    He played with injuries while at Punahou. Might be a hip, back or maybe some kind of spinal injury. He had a noticeable limp thru much of his senior year. Take care of your body young man. There is so much more to enjoy in life. Not worth risking a lifetime of physical problems.

  5. Alpha November 10, 2016 4:19 am

    Bad knees

  6. delta alpha November 10, 2016 1:04 pm

    Read the linked article. It was due to concussions.

  7. Searider86 November 10, 2016 2:38 pm

    Solid young man right here! All the best, Canton!

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