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Two Big Names Hoping to Replace Brennan as Warriors' Quarterback

Tyler Graunke Tyler Graunke
Inoke Funaki Inoke Funaki

By Stephen Florino

MANOA (KHNL) -- It's a fresh start for college football's number one passing attack.

The UH Warriors' record setting quarterback Colt Brennan is gone.

So who will replace him?

Right now, the two biggest names are two players who contributed last season.

But nothing is set in stone.

And both players know the competition will help make the team better.

Coming into spring practice, Inoke Funaki is penciled in as the Warriors new top gun.

"It's a good feeling, like anything there's pressure, but it's a good pressure," said Funaki. "It's got me working extra hard."

That's because there are high expectations from the Warriors quarterback.

Considering the last guy threw for 14,000 yards and 131 touchdowns in his three year career.

Backup Tyler Graunke put up good numbers in limited action last year, showing a sample of what he's capable of.

"It's great. By the end of spring, I want everyone to know what I'm capable of," said Graunke.

Graunke was expected to slide into the top slot.

But after dealing with off the field issues, he'll now have to fight for it with Funaki.

"It's definitely friendly competition. He's one of my best friends, and I'm just a competitor. I'm gonna fight for the spot. He is too. And coach is just gonna have to choose who's the best for the job."

"There's no bad relation at all. We know it's just for better to improve, and help one another, and he's a brother to me."

Whoever gets it, they're not expecting a let down.

"Lot of the guys have been here long time, like me and Mike Washington and Aaron Bain. We all know what's going on. We're gonna keep rolling, and the offense is gonna keep putting up big numbers, and we're just gonna have fun."

Coach Mack says he likes the fact that all the quarterbacks in spring practices look sharp.

However, he's not expected to name a starter until the fall.

That's when two junior college transfers -- Greg Alexander and Brent Rausch -- get thrown into the quarterback scramble.

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