Coach Mack picks Colt Brennan's successor

Brent Rausch
Brent Rausch
Greg McMackin
Greg McMackin

By Jason Tang - bio | email

MANOA (KHNL) - Who will replace Colt Brennan?

It's the biggest question for the Warrior football team as they get ready for the 2008 campaign.

And it appears there finally is an answer.

It's been a three horse race for Hawaii's starting quarterback job between Inoke Funaki, Greg Alexander and Brent Rausch.

And after thousands of passes, coach Mack says he's found his Colt.

It appears to be Rausch.

"We've been evaluating it, and one of the players is moving up every day, and you know, it's just time to make the move," said McMackin.

"Makes me feel good. I mean, I'm not sure," said Warriors quarterback Brent Rausch. I haven't heard anything yet, but I'm really hopeful that it is me. I'm just looking forward to it, and just gotta see what he says."

Coach Mack says out of respect for his players, he's telling them his choice first, before making an official announcement.

But observers at practice say the 6-foot-4, 190-pounder is starting to fuel Hawaii's high-octane offense.

"I'm comfortable, but I mean I still have room to improve. I wanna get more comfortable, make my reads a little more quicker, it's coming along. I'm getting more reps is what's making me better."

"It's important for our football team to have a guy they can rally around, and it's also important that he gets reps with the first unit."

Because the starting quarterback for the Warriors is more than just throwing the pigskin.

"This isn't play action, stretch football," said Warriors quarterbacks coach Nick Rolovich. "This is, you're the guy. you're running this thing. The whole state is riding on you. If you can't handle it, you better go."

"Oh, I love the pressure. It's awesome. I love the responsibilities, it's all cool. I'm good with that."

Warriors practice twice Friday.

The morning session runs from 8:30 to 11:30.  And the afternoon one goes from 3:30 to 5:00.

Season opener is just over two weeks away.