Saturday’s spring football game was extra special for redshirt freshman safety Tim Kamana.
Kamana had one of the biggest plays of the game as he recovered a fumble forced by
senior defensive end Sonny Pulatesi sacked senior quarterback Sam Stratton from the blind side. Kamana returned the ball 73 yards for a touchdown that helped the Brown team defeat the Gold 21-14.
“I was just dropping back and I saw the sack and the ball pop up,” he said. “I started sprinting toward the ball, and (sophomore nose tackle) Chase Appleby went down for the ball first. I thought he was going to get it and I would try and block for him.
“He missed it, and (Gold team member and junior running back) Shaun Wick dove in front of me and he missed it, too. I just scooped it up, and then (Gold team offensive guard) Jake Jones dove at my legs and got me a little bit. But I kept my feet and just ran.”
Kamana said somebody during the play stepped on the back of his foot and his shoe actually came off a little bit. He ran the majority of the way down field with his shoe nearly off his foot.
“I was like ‘please don’t get caught, please don’t get caught,’ ” Kamana said with a laugh.
But even better than Kamana’s big play was the fact his father, Carter, was at the game, and traveled all the way from Honolulu, Hawaii, to watch his son.
“My dad has pretty much been my coach since I was a little kid,” Kamana said. “He played the same position as me at Michigan State. Pretty much everything I learned, I learned from my dad.”