The Hawaii Warriors football program received some surprising news on Monday when Quarterback Dru Brown, the starting QB for the Warriors from 2016-2017, elected to become a grad transfer and play elsewhere in 2018. This comes a week after wide receiver Dylan Collie made the same decision to transfer.
Brown amassed 5,273 passing yards, 43 total touchdowns, and 15 interceptions while at Hawaii. He’ll have a place in Hawaii football folklore after leading the Rainbow Warriors to an unexpected 2016 Hawaii Bowl berth in the first season of the Nick Rolovich era. Hawaii had not played in a bowl since 2010. The Norm Chow regime saw Hawaii reach lows it hadn’t seen since the Fred Von Appen era, and Brown had a huge hand in pulling the Warriors out of their struggles, albeit for one season.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Cole McDonald is next on the depth chart, with players such as redshirt junior Cole Brownholtz and senior Larry Tuialeta being a few of the other returning talents at QB. That said, it’s no secret that there is a lot of excitement surrounding soon-to-be true freshman quarterbacks Jeremy Moussa and Saint Louis product Chevan Cordeiro. Moussa is already enrolled at Manoa.
The competition for the starting position will be crowded, maybe the most crowded since the 2008 battle when Greg Alexander, Brent Rausch, and Inoke Funaki fought for the starting spot for all of spring and fall camp, and the entire season.
The coaching staff has been revamped, rumors of the run-&-shoot offense’s return are running rampant, and the starting quarterback job is open and will feature a local favorite attempting to extend the Saint Louis school quarterbacking legacy. Needless to say, excitement is building at Manoa. It’s anyone’s guess who will get the starting job come the season opener vs. Navy.
What do you think, Rainbow Warriors fans? Are you Team Cordeiro, Team Moussa, or Team Returning Quarterback from 2017? Discuss below in the comments.