Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonald declares for 2020 NFL Draft

Updated: Jan. 8, 2020 at 4:18 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - University of Hawaii junior quarterback Cole McDonald will forego his senior season and enter the 2020 NFL Draft.

McDonald posted about his decision on Instagram on Wednesday afternoon, thanking his teammates and Rainbow Warrior football fans for their support during his career in Manoa.

“Coming to Hawaii has been the greatest experience of my life so far,” McDonald said. “Hawaii changed me and taught me so many things I would not be able to learn anywhere else.”

Despite splitting time with freshman quarterback Chevan Cordeiro for much of the 2019 season, McDonald captained a blistering University of Hawaii offense that saw three separate receivers total more than 1,000 yards through the air.

He finished the year 326-of-511 passing, for 4,135 yards and 33 touchdowns, and was also the team’s second-leading rusher.

Having thrown the last pass of his Hawaii career, McDonald finished with 8,032 passing yards ― fourth most in program history, behind only Timmy Chang, Colt Brennan and Bryant Moniz.

McDonald returned home to California for Christmas following the Rainbow Warriors’ victory in the Hawaii Bowl and was not available for comment Wednesday afternoon.

This story will be updated,

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