Four days away from kickoff to its season opener at Colorado State, it appears the University of Hawaii football team will take the mystery of who starts at quarterback into game day.
Rainbow Warrior head coach Nick Rolovich told KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello following Tuesday’s practice that the competition has been narrowed down to two players.
“We got Chevan (Cordeiro) and Cole (McDonald) slashed right now on the depth chart, so that will come out today and we’ll see from there,” Rolovich said.
The comments made by Rolovich appear to take freshman Jeremy Moussa out of the mix as to who will take the first snap of 2018.
McDonald appeared in six contests as a redshirt freshman in 2018 behind Dru Brown, who transferred to Oklahoma State this past offseason. The California native completed 5-of-9 passes for 22 yards and one touchdown, and can also make plays with his feet, finishing as the team’s third-leading rusher with 138 yards and another score.
Cordeiro, who is a graduate of Saint Louis, led the Crusaders to a state championship as a senior and won the Cover2 Marcus Mariota Award as state player of the year.
On Monday, Rolovich alluded to a starting quarterback being named before kickoff.
“I’ll probably let them know, a couple of them know already, but he’s going to have a one in his jersey, I think. I’m pretty sure he’s going to have a one in his jersey. That’s a good tip, huh?” Rolovich told a media scrum following practice.
McDonald wears the number 13 while Cordeiro is number 12.
Regardless of who will take the opening snap, Rolovich made it very clear last week that he intends to use multiple quarterbacks this season, and could even rotate if all three remain healthy.
“Yeah, I think that still on the table too. You know, I think that still on the table. There’s more components to it than just the quarterback. Guys around them, the game plan, situation, so I could see that happening. That might happen,” Rolovich told KHON2’s Ren Clayton on Saturday.
“I think we could win some football games with Cole (McDonald), with Chevan (Cordeiro), and to be honest with (Jeremy) Moussa too,” said Rolovich. “Moussa’s got probably the most talented arm. Cole and Chevan are better athletes. But I think there will be multiple quarterbacks playing this year. I could see that happening. I think you always got to be prepared for that because of injury. Even though two are true freshman, I told them the other day, I think we got the two best true freshman in America. Somebody may have one that’s better, but I don’t think anybody has two that are better than the two we got.”
Regarding the rest of the depth chart, UH released the two-deep for their game against Colorado State.
LT: Ilm Manning … Micah Vanterpool
LG: J.R. Hensley … Emil Graves
C: Taaga Tuulima … Kaiwi Chung
RG: Solo Vaipulu … Gene Pryor
RT: Kohl Levao … Joey Nuuanu-Kuhiiki
WO: JoJo Ward … Devan Stubblefield
SB: John Ursua … Tristan Kamaka
SB: Cedric Byrd … Dakota Torres
WO: Jason-Matthew Sharsh … Marcus Armstrong-Brown
RB: Fred Holly … Dayton Furuta
QB: Chevan Cordeiro/Cole McDonald … Jeremy Moussa
DE: Zeno Choi … Tevarua Eldridge
NT: Blessman Taala … Eperone Moananu
DT: Samiuela Akoteu … Kendall Hune
DE: Derek Thomas … Manly Williams
LB: Solomon Matautia … Scheyenne Sanitoa/Paul Scott
LB: Jahlani Tavai … Penei Pavihi
NB: Manu Hudson-Rasmussen … Cameron Hayes
CB: Eugene Ford … Zach Wilson
S: Kalen Hicks … Kai Kaneshiro
S: Ikem Okeke … Donovan Dalton/Jay Dominique
CB: Roe Farris … Akil Fransciso/Mykal Tolliver
PK: Ryan Meskell … Michael Boyle
P: Stan Gaudion
LS: Noah Borden … Shawn McCarthy
H: Stan Gaudion
PR: Cedric Byrd … JoJo Ward
KR: Cedric Byrd/Justine Augafa
The Rainbow Warriors will open the 2018 season at Colorado State on Saturday.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. HST and will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.