Could Hawaii have the Best Quarterback in College Football?
No, it's not Will Grier. Nope, it's not Trace McSorley either. Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts are still at Alabama so cross them out. It's actually someone by the name of Cole McDonald. With a historic pass heavy offense, it's no wonder a quarterback is thriving in the system. What is surprising is he is a redshirt sophomore making his collegiate debut this season. McDonald was recently named the Mountain West Conference's Offensive Player of the Week, the first Rainbow Warrior to win the weekly award for offense. The Hawaii quarterback is also the current passing yards leader in all of FBS (Division-1).
In his first season as a starter, McDonald took on Colorado State to kick off the return of college football. He completed 26 of 37 passes for 418 yards and three touchdowns. In addition to an spectacular passing display, McDonald also led the team in rushing with 96 yards and two touchdowns off of 13 carries.
In his second game of the season the Rainbow Warriors won a close contest against the Navy Midshipmen. This time the quarterback threw 41 passes, connecting on 30 of them. To go along with the 73% completion rate, he added another 400+ passing yards (428) and an impressive 6 touchdown passes.
Although Hawaii played one game more than most of the other teams in the FBS, McDonald has clearly been impressive. With 846 yards and nine touchdowns to start the campaign, the Rainbow Warriors might have their next great quarterback. McDonald will have his work cut out for him, however, if he wants to pass the likes off Colt Brennan or Timmy Chang.
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