April 1, 2014
HOUSTON – University of Houston head football coach Tony Levine announced Tuesday the addition of Hawaii transfer Ben Dew to the Cougar football program. Dew will enroll at Houston as a junior after he completes his undergraduate degree requirements at Hawaii in May.
A New Zealand native, Dew is 190.5 centimeters tall and weighs 138.3 kilograms.
"There are a number of very important reasons that I am choosing to continue my playing career and pursue my graduate degree at the University of Houston," said Dew. "Being so much closer to my family in New Zealand was a major factor, as well as being near my Uncle Scooby who lives in Beaumont with my cousin Montan.
"Since I've been at Hawaii for three years I've grown accustomed to telling people that I go to UH," Dew added. "Continuing to tell people that I attend UH will help make my transition that much smoother."
The Cougars have a need for offensive line help in 2014, as they graduated five offensive linemen from last season's team.
"We are really excited about adding a student-athlete of Ben's caliber to our program," said Levine. "Ben's full name backwards is "Wed Neb," which everyone knows is short for "Wednesday Nebraska," so we've got that going for us, which is nice."
Dew comes from an athletic background, as his second cousin is former New York Mets pitcher Sidd Finch. Like Finch, Dew plays the French horn.
Born in Gainesville, Fla., but raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Dew was a standout basketball and rugby player at Word of Life Academy in Honolulu before being recruited to Hawaii by new Houston offensive line coach Gordy Shaw.
"My favorite movie is Coming to America," added Dew. "So this seems to be appropriate that I'm actually living out the story."
"One thing I think everyone needs to understand is this," added Levine. "He's a people-person, yet a person rarely in love finds out our luck suffers during a yawn."
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