January 18, 2007

Hawaii QB says no to NFL.: After statistically producing one of the finest seasons for a QB in NCAA history, Colt Brennan has withdrawn his application for the NFL draft and elected to return to Hawaii for his senior season.

posted by FonGu to football at 11:27 AM - 14 comments

Smart move. Bernnan would have been, at best, the third-best QB prospect (unless he really wowed at the combine or in individual work-outs) -- behind Russell of LSU and Quinn of ND. I think an additional year of college seasoning can only help him develop and enhance his draft prospects. As an aside, I had no idea June Jones was the coach at Hawaii. Maybe not the best place to be from a career advancement standpoint, but if you're satisfied with a high 6 figure annual salary and a respite from some of the craziness of recruiting and coaching at the big programs on the mainland, I couldn't imagine a better gig.

posted by holden at 12:04 PM on January 18, 2007

I had no idea June Jones was the coach at Hawaii. Been there since 1998, in fact. 800 large a year, and you get to live in Hawaii? And coach football for a living? Oh, hell yeah!

posted by The_Black_Hand at 12:22 PM on January 18, 2007

Sign me up for that gig any day. Didn't June Jones coach at Kansas for a short period of time?

posted by hawkguy at 12:41 PM on January 18, 2007

Also Jerry Glandville is the defensive coordinator

posted by Debo270 at 01:31 PM on January 18, 2007

Yeah, you'll never see June Jones resign from that job. As for Colt, good for him. I hope he has a record-breaking season, stays healthy, and gets a fat contract. I always root for those guys who choose to stay in college when everybody is screaming "PRO"!!!

posted by vito90 at 01:32 PM on January 18, 2007

Didn't June Jones coach at Kansas for a short period of time? Not according to his bio. June Henley was a running back there a few years ago though.

posted by scottypup at 01:38 PM on January 18, 2007

Jones was the coach who made the change from "Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors" to "Hawai'i Warriors", disappointing ironic-hat-wearers nationwide. He's also the highest-paid public employee in the state!

posted by Venicemenace at 02:20 PM on January 18, 2007

If memorey serves me correctly , Jones was an interim head coach of SD Chargers and declined offer to continue, then returned to U of H where he had been on the coaching staff before. Smart move as those were the doldrum years of Chargers football (of which there were many). He has always been an offense minded coach....lots of airing it out, let 'er rip. With Glanville on the staff he now has some defense to balance his game. The Hawaiians have been a free wheeling bunch for generations....recall when Herman Weidemeyer(sp?) came to the coast and was QB at St Marys in the SF bay area. Whooooee.....squirmin' Herman. They've always been fun to watch, winning or losing. They didn't believe in single digit games.

posted by jazzdog at 02:21 PM on January 18, 2007

Jones 1st coaching position was with UH as QB coach back in the early 80's. Plus I think he played for them also.

posted by scottypup at 03:04 PM on January 18, 2007

I think he played at Oregon, Hawaii, and Portland State.

posted by hawkguy at 03:16 PM on January 18, 2007

I figured he wouldnt go yet. The announcers during the Hawaii Bowl said that he wanted to test the waters and see where he would be projected to go. I think he would be much better served staying for another year. He is pretty quick though and extremely accurate, but I think he needs to put on some more muscle before he goes to the league.

posted by the don at 08:14 PM on January 18, 2007

Not only does he need to add a little muscle, his track record with a couple other major college programs seems to indicate perhaps a little growin' up left to do also. When he came to UH program he was on notice not to screw up again as it was probably his last Div 1 chance. Seems to be getting it all together and as noted a very accurate passer. Another year with June Jones and a good weight program will probably raise his value in the NFL market consdierably.

posted by brbcca at 02:20 AM on January 19, 2007

I didn't realize until I checked Wikipedia that Brennan backed up Matt Leinart at Mater Dei. Pretty nice QB tandem for a high school roster!

posted by Venicemenace at 10:03 AM on January 19, 2007

How is Tommy Chang panning out? Seriously guys how often do the QBs from the little schools get enough respect to warrant leaving early? Personally a guy would have to be a freak athletically, Big Ben, for me to draft him at a reasonable slot. If piling up monster numbers against pathetic teams was all it took to be a high draft pick then Texas Tech would be sending guys in the first round every year. Not a Colt fan.

posted by Drallig9399 at 12:13 PM on January 22, 2007

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