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Quarterback Cole McDonald returns to practice, expected to start against BYU

HONOLULU (KHON2) - After missing last weekend's win over Wyoming with an undisclosed injury, University of Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonald returned to full participation at Tuesday morning's practice.

"It feels great just being back with the guys and slinging the rock. I sat out all last week, but it feels natural coming back in, and I'm just pretty eager to get back out there and just be with the guys and play ball," he said.

The Rainbow Warrior sophomore is expected to start against BYU on Saturday.

"He looked fine. He went through the whole practice. With a week off, I think he's got some things to clean up, but you know, he looked like he was ready to go," said head coach Nick Rolovich.

McDonald led the nation in passing yardage and touchdowns through the first six games of the season.

On Tuesday, he ran the first-team offense for the majority of the workout, sharing limited reps with freshman Chevan Cordeiro, who triumphantly filled for No. 13 this past weekend.

"I don't really care who the quarterback is. The best guy is going to play, and we've got to keep growing that whole unit. We've got to grow every unit, but it looks like he'll be healthy enough to go," Rolovich said.

Saturday provides an opportunity to add to what has already been a magical run for the Warriors so far this season.

A win against the program's archrival would lock up bowl eligibility, and if Tuesday's practice was any indication, McDonald is ready to make the trip to Utah unforgettable.

"I feel like myself and for the guys, we want to be part of that legacy. To Hawaii and to everyone out here, it means something special, and if we can give that to the state and to the people, that would mean the world to us, just coming back with that win," McDonald said. "We're going to go out there and execute our assignments and play great football and come back with that win, so it's going to mean a lot to us."

The Warriors have never beaten the Cougars in Provo. UH is listed as the 14-point underdog in the game.

Kickoff is set for Saturday at 4:15 p.m. Hawaii time. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

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