Now 23 days away from kickoff, the University of Hawaii football team went full pads in practice for the first time in training camp, and did so with a very special guest in attendance.
Former Warrior quarterback and 2007 Heisman Trophy finalist Colt Brennan paid a visit to his old stomping grounds. He was invited by head coach Nick Rolovich to give his assessment on the Run-N-Shoot offense and provide the current Warriors motivation moving forward.
“It all starts right here, the next legacy. It starts right here with you guys. Go hard. Go as hard as you can today,” Brennan told the team in a pre-practice speech at midfield.
“It was everything. It meant everything for us today, our first day of being in full pads, and I loved his energy and his excitement that he brought. I think that he really set the tone for our practice today and that’s why I think we had so much success today,” Rainbow Warriors junior slot back John Ursua told KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello.
“They all know what he’s done. He’s one of the greatest college football players to ever play the game. The offensive guys were almost in awe, you know?” said Rolovich. “J.R. Hensley, he’s talking about he used to stay up in Oklahoma to watch Colt play when he was a kid. So, I think it’s real special. I think it’s real special for Colt, where he knows the plays and I think this is a positive thing for him and any of our alumni that we can bring back into the family and be around our guys. That’s important to me.”
In three seasons as the UH trigger man, Brennan threw for over 14,000 yards and 131 touchdowns.
Recently, he spent seven months in the hospital with blood clots in his spine. Now on the road to recovery, the 34-year-old still captures the imagination of the next generation.
“It’s really touching to be honest, really touching,” said linebacker Rashaan Falemalu. “The coaches always talk about the Warriors that came before us and how what we do, it represents them, represents this state, so it’s always good to have them come out. It’s always good.”
The Rainbow Warriors will hold their final two practices open to the public on Friday and Saturday at 8 a.m. at Cooke Field.
Kickoff to the 2018 season at Colorado State is scheduled for Aug. 25.