HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - On Saturday the Rainbow Warriors will begin conference play with a new starting quarterback under center. After practice on Monday morning, head coach Nick Rolovich announced Dru Brown will start, replacing Ikaika Woolsey.
In three games with limited snaps, Brown has completed 16 of 30 passes for 205 total yards with one touchdown, and one interception. According to Rolovich, his growing confidence and understanding of the offense earned the sophomore the starting job.
"He got better, and better, and better within the offense," said Rolovich. "He's not a real outgoing personality, so I think it took a little bit longer for the guys to get to know him. But, all they see is how he works."
"It's kind of a tough, it's different than most offenses," said Brown. "I think I've improved, but I also think I have a long way to go."
For those on the other end of Brown's passes, there's little doubt that he can step in and get the job done.
"I remember going in before the Michigan game before they called his number and I thought he might be a little timid," said wide receiver Dylan Collie. "But, you can just see that look in his eyes, he wanted to fight and he was ready to go and I trust his confidence completely."
Brown's first start is also the first time Rolovich is meeting with the Wolfpack since leaving his job as an offensive coordinator for Nevada after last season.