HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawaii's full-time starting quarterback during the 2017 football season will not return to the program next fall.
Dru Brown, a junior from San Mateo, California, tweeted on Monday that he had been released from his scholarship and had obtained permission to contact other schools to discuss the possibility of a transfer.
"I am excited and look forward to continuing my football career after I graduate this coming summer," Brown said.
Brown completed 254 of 412 passes during the 2017 football season, for 2,785 yards and 18 touchdowns. The Rainbow Warriors went 3-9 on the season, a disappointing finish considering the team won it's first bowl game in ten years just one season prior, the first under head coach Nick Rolovich.
"The things that I have learned from Coach Rolovich and staff go far beyond the football field, things I will take with me for the rest of my life," Brown added. "To the state of Hawaii, I thank you for welcoming me with open arms and supporting the team regardless of the circumstances."
Earlier in the offseason, the team announced an intention to return to the run-and-shoot offense that popularized Hawaii football in the early 2000's. Incoming freshman quarterback Chevan Cordeiro, who led Saint Louis School to a Hawaii state football championship in the fall, is familiar with the system, and coaches at the Polynesian Bowl last week said he was among the most impressive players to play in the game.
Brown's departure is the latest blow for a team that lost slot receiver Dylan Collie to transfer just last week.