Archive for December, 2007

Quotes about UH’s RBs

December 31, 2007

About their RBs, who had to replace the duo of Nate and Reagan from last year (both were drafted by the NFL), RB coach Wes Suan said:
“They’ve done a pretty good job so far. They’re still coming around on some things, but they’re all hard workers.” (HA)

About the importance of blocking by their RBs, Suan said:
“It’s probably the biggest thing we work on. We throw the ball so much, our backs serve as an extra blocker.” (HA)

About how Farmer is regarded as their best blocker, Suan said:
“He’s been real steady and consistent. He doesn’t get to carry the ball very much, but I don’t think that’s a big deal to him. He takes pride in his blocking.” (HA)

Praising Pilares, Suan said:
“Kealoha is a guy who knows the value of hard work and he’s willing to do it to become better.” (HA)

About how LWJ is working on his blocking, Suan said:
“Leon’s still learning in our system. He’s a very, very talented guy who has tremendous speed, but he’s working to improve his blocking.” (HA)

About Libre, Suan said:
“The guy is a quick study. June (Jones) saw something in him and (Libre) hasn’t disappointed. He’s a speedy guy once he gets some space.” (HA)

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Quotes about UH’s WRs

December 31, 2007

Praising UH’s WRs, Colt said:
“They make me look good.” (HA)

About his chemistry with his WRs, Colt said:
“Me, Rivers, Davone and Ryan, we’ve been together for three years now, so we’re all on the same page.” (HA)

Praising RGM, WR coach Ron Lee said:
“He’s very workman-like. He finds ways to get open and create opportunities for Colt to get him the ball.” (HA)

Praising Bess’ work ethic, Colt said:
“Davone is so good because he puts in the work. He’s always one of the first guys out (at practice). He loves this game and he plays every game like it’s his last.” (HA)

Praising Jason Rivers, Colt said:
“He’s such a great weapon to have on any football team. The guy is big, strong, fast and has great hands.” (HA)

About Rivers/Bess/RGM, Hawthorne said:
“They’re awesome. They all can run routes, catch the ball and make people miss after they catch the ball. I think they’re the best group of receivers in the nation.” (HA)

Praising Hawthorne, RGM said:
“He’s been outstanding. Especially in a system like this, that’s hard to do. He’s been a big part of our success this season; can’t say enough about him.” (HA)

About the conditioning level their WRs have to have, Bess said:
“We run so many routes in practice that we’re used to playing all game. We’re all playmakers and we want to be on the field.” (HA)

About being honored as Offensive Unit of the Year by the WAC, Hawthorne said:
“That was really special. We’re not about honors and awards, but it definitely felt nice for the WAC to recognize us.” (HA)

Quotes about UH’s OL

December 31, 2007

About facing Georgia’s DL, OL coach Dennis McKnight said:
“We’re expecting a dog fight. We know they’ll be ready. They’re really athletic and quick.” (HA)

Praising Georgia’s DL, Hercules said:
“They’re very quick and explosive. They’ve got great motors all around. They’ve had a lot of sacks in the past few games and we know they can attack the quarterback whenever they want to, so we have to do our best to keep them off Colt (Brennan).” (HA)

Praising Hercules, McKnight said:
“Herc’s done a great job all year. He’s on the quiet side, but he lets his play speak for him.” (HA)

Praising both of their new starting tackles, AhSoon and Steinhoff, Hercules said:
“There’s been questions about them about them since they started, but they handled it well and they’ve been working their butts off every day, trying to prove people wrong.” (HA)

Praising first-year starter Larry Sauafea, Hercules said:
“He’s improved a lot since the first game. With every snap, every game, he’s been getting better and better.” (HA)

Praising the job that John Estes did in his first year at C for the Warriors, Hercules said:
“We can’t ask more of John. He goes all out on the field and he’s a person I trust, playing side-by-side with him for three years now.” (HA)

Quotes about the LBs

December 31, 2007

About their physical DL and LBs, GM said:
“I don’t think people really know how physical our front seven is.” (HA)

About how their defense plays fast, GM said:
“The biggest thing we want to do is play fast. Those are all guys that we feel can win us ball games. We don’t play P.E. football where you just play a guy to play a guy. Those are all guys that we feel, depth-wise, can help us win games.” (HA)

About Sol Elimimian, LB coach Cal Lee said:
“He makes the calls in the middle. He’s been everywhere for us this season and he’s a smart guy. We can tell him what we want and he knows exactly what we’re talking about.” (HA)

About Adam Leonard, Cal Lee said:
“Adam, he looks like a young Mike Tyson. The only thing about him is he hits harder than Mike Tyson. Adam brings great intensity and love for the game. He loves being out there and he’ll do whatever it takes to help the team.” (HA)

Praising Brad Kalilimoku, Cal Lee said:
“Brad just never gives up. He has such a Warrior spirit. He’s the guy that will do the work that nobody else wants to do.” (HA)

About their LBs, Cal Lee said:
“I think I’ve just been very fortunate to get players like that to begin with. They’re good players; they listen to you; they work hard.” (HA)

Praising Blaze, Cal Lee said:
“Blaze is just relentless. The guy plays with reckless abandon and more than anything else — passion.” (HA)

Quotes about UH’s DBs

December 31, 2007

About how their DBs have made huge plays this season that decided games, Rich Miano said:
“It’s one of those things where somebody has to make a play and we’ve happened to be real fortunate that it’s been us. Myron, Gerard, Ryan Mouton, Jacob Patek, they’ve all made great plays.” (HA)

About the success of their secondary, Miano said:
“We’ve had 19 interceptions, two away from the school record. (Defensive coordinator, Greg) McMackin’s schemes, the techniques that we’re playing put us in position to make plays, but the players really believing in what we do has made the difference.” (HA)

Praising how Desmond Thomas has taken over from Keao Monteilh, Miano said:
“Desmond’s done a great job. He’s a converted wide receiver so we knew he gets to the ball well. We knew he’s tough. He’s been a really good addition and a great surprise. We’re very happy with him.” (HA)

About how Mouton took over at safety when they needed him there, Miano said:
“He’s never played safety in practice or in a game. All of a sudden our safeties got hurt on the first series, we put Ryan Mouton back at safety and he’s so smart and so instinctive, he could play anywhere.” (HA)

About their DBs, Miano said:
“We know that if we’re on the field at the end of the game, we believe somebody’s going to make a great play.” (HA)

Praising their starting CBs, Miano said:
“Gerard has great instincts. He and Myron pulled away from everyone else and have made some amazing plays.” (HA)

About how so many defenders have contributed, GM said:
“This team’s spirit has been tested numerous times now and each time we’ve passed. The thing is it hasn’t always been one guy. We know we can count on each guy out here.” (HA)

Quotes about UH’s DL

December 31, 2007

About how Georgia runs the ball very well, GM said:
“They run the football very well. Georgia’s skilled at every position, but those three backs are outstanding. They’re the best running backs we’ve faced.” (HA)

About how their DTs are the key to their D, GM said:
“The heart of our defense is our tackles. Everything starts with our big 300-pounders. If they can cause enough disruption, the rest of the guys will have opportunities to make plays.” (HA)

Praising Georgia’s OL, Michael Lafaele said:
“They’re big and they look pretty quick. They’re not as sloppy as some of the other teams we’ve played.” (HA)

Feeling that Georgia doesn’t respect them, Lafaele said:
“They think we don’t belong in this game. I think they’re going to come down and try to run the ball down our throats, but we just have to play good football.” (HA)

About how they rotate Lafaele/Watson/Laeli/Seti/Savaiigaea/Leonard at their DT spots, GM said:
“If it wasn’t for those guys, we couldn’t even run this defense. They’re the ones pushing the pocket and starting the defense.” (HA)

Happy that Veikune got All-WAC recognition, GM said:
“David Veikune is one of our best players and I was glad to see him get all-league. He has seven sacks and he plays half the time. He plays so hard that he gets exhausted.” (HA)

About rotating Purcell/Noa/Veikune/Fonoti at the DE spots, GM said:
“We do that because we try to keep them rested and so that they have more energy. It helps their attitude and it definitely helps their endurance.” (HA)

Quotes about the money Colt gave up to return for his senior year

December 30, 2007

About declining to enter the NFL and instead return to UH for his senior season, Colt said:
“You have to do what you have to do. This is what I want to do.” (HA)

HA Note: “Several NFL scouts told Brennan he would have been one of the top three quarterbacks in the 2007 draft, behind Louisiana State’s JaMarcus Russell and Notre Dame’s Brady Quinn. UH head coach June Jones said Brennan would have been selected between the 10th and 20th pick in the first round. Matt Leinart, Brennan’s high-school teammate, was the 10th pick in last year’s draft. He signed a six-year contract worth up to $51 million.”

About the money that Colt gave up, JJ said:
“Colt probably turned down about $25 million. It’s a lot of money. It’s a huge sacrifice.” (HA)

Colt’s girlfriend Shakti Stream said that the money:
“could buy you your own island. But it can’t buy you the experience of Hawai’i. Hawai’i’s really changed him. He’s really adapted to the culture and the people. He honestly fell in love with everything about Hawai’i. That has a lot to do with why he’s coming back.” (HA)

About Colt coming back for his senior season, Jason Rivers said:
“It’s a delayed New Year’s present. We’re his friends first and teammates after that, and we would have supported him no matter what. But I’m so happy he made this decision.” (HA)

Quotes from the Advertiser on 12/30

December 30, 2007

With an 88-page special on the Warriors in the 12/30 Advertiser, there is NO WAY that I can archive all of the quotes. Especially when I have spent 26+ hours traveling in the last few days and need some sleep. So, I’ll do the best I can until I fall asleep.

About the 6am wake-up call for their 7:30am practice, JJ said:
“We’re on schedule. It’s just like normal, isn’t it?” (HA)

HA Note: “The Warriors usually prepare by the dawn’s early light for home practices. The thing is, the Warriors are in New Orleans getting ready for Tuesday’s Sugar Bowl, and they started practice at what was 3:30 a.m. Hawai’i time.”

About their early practice time, Kealoha Pilares said:
“It’s too early. My girlfriend called to wake me.” (HA)

HA Note: “The players boarded three buses at 7 a.m. Central time for the 15-minute drive from the hotel to the New Orleans Saints’ practice facility in Metairie, La. Many slept on the bus ride. Many sleep-walked the chilly 60 yards from the parking lot to the facility’s entrance.”

About being tired at the start of practice, Tyler said:
“I’m a little tired. We have to take care of business. Then we can go back to sleep.” (HA)

HA Note: “The first two nights in New Orleans, Jones did not impose a curfew. Since Friday, the evenings have been filled with meetings and video sessions.”

About their busy schedule preparing for the game, GM said:
“We’re tuned in right now. We’re on game schedule. We met until 10:30 (Friday) night, and bed check was at 11. We’re keeping them pretty busy, which keeps the coaches pretty busy.” (HA)

HA Note: “Quarterback Colt Brennan said the early practices are “not bad.” Brennan left Honolulu last Sunday to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas with his family at his grandmother’s house in Aspen, Colo. He rejoined the team Wednesday.”

About how his days in Colorado before going to New Orleans helped him adjust to the different time, Colt said:
“The extra days helped get me acclimated. I haven’t been on Hawai’i time for a while.” (HA)

About the practice time, Tyler said:
“We can’t complain. We came out here to play football. We didn’t come out here to have fun or to sleep all day. We’ve got to do what we’ve got to do. It’s still hard (to awaken early), but we have to suck it up.” (HA)

Praising Jason Rivers, JJ said:
“Jason is going to make it in the NFL.” (HA)

HA Note: “In a briefing with the Fox television crew, Jones emphasized how left wideout Jason Rivers is one of the smartest receivers he has ever coached. Later, Jones praised Rivers’ ability to recognize defenses and find openings.”

About how he ran a 4.45 40-yard dash in team testing last April, Rivers said:
“I keep hearing people tell me that’s good for my size. I never want to stop trying to get better.” (HA)

About how he wants to break the 4.4 barrier, Rivers said:
“If I can get a high 4.3, I’ll be happy with that.” (HA)

JJ said that a fast 40 time is:
“key for Jason. Hopefully, he’ll run in the 4.4s. He’s very smart. He’s a good ballplayer.” (HA)

About how he doesn’t worry about getting hit when the ball is thrown to him in traffic, Rivers said:
“You can’t think about getting hit. You have to focus on making the catch.” (HA)

About how he ran a similar offense in high school (St. Louis), Rivers said:
“I’ve had a lot of repetition after years and years in this offense. I think I have an understanding where I need to be and knowing where the open spots are going to be in the defense. That’s the key. To find the open spot within your route.” (HA)

About how he has perfected the art of catching the ball with his hands, Rivers said:
“I learned that in high school. For the longest time, I never wore gloves. I caught everything without gloves. My junior year of high school, I started wearing gloves. It helped. With gloves, it’s even easier to catch the ball.” (HA)

About how he cannot play in the Sugar Bowl, Keao Monteilh said:
“The doctor said it’s not really the best choice to play. The doctor said it’s not 100 percent. It’s 75, 80 percent. The doctor said there’s no rush. I’ve got another year to play. They told me not to worry about it, and have fun in New Orleans.” (HA)

About Colt’s development in their offense, JJ said:
“Colt led the nation in passing as a sophomore and he really didn’t know what he was doing. He could always make all the throws, but now he knows so much more about defenses and decision-making.” (HA)

When Colt decided to stay with the Warriors, he said:
“I’ve been a part of something special these last few years … I like the person I’m becoming in Hawai’i.” (HA)

About Colt coming back for his senior year, Bess said:
“It meant a lot and I’m just happy that he got what he wanted and that was the season we had this year. Now we got one more to go.” (HA)

About Colt’s accuracy, Bess said:
“He’s a great passer. His accuracy is off-the-chart; it gives receivers the opportunity to catch a lot of balls. We don’t have to worry about making circus catches or diving for balls because he’s so accurate, he puts it right on you.” (HA)

About how last year’s success made them hungrier this year, Colt said:
“It was pretty amazing what we accomplished last year, but we came out hungrier this season. Once we got that taste of winning, we didn’t want to let it get away.” (HA)

About how his WAC Offensive Player of the Year award really belonged to the team, Colt said:
“It was a great honor, but it was thanks in large part, to the year we had. I didn’t play in two games and we still got the job done. That’s what I’m most proud of.” (HA)

About their comeback wins, Bess said:
“It showed that this team don’t give up. We’ve been fortunate to come out of this undefeated, but our biggest game is ahead of us. We had a lot of confidence even when we were losing late, but with him leading us, we know we can win.” (HA)

About how he’d prefer a Sugar Bowl win over the Heisman Trophy, Colt said:
“With all of the negative talk by so many analysts, and everybody out there so quick to try and dog us, if we go out and beat Georgia and have a great game and win that bowl game, it’ll be bigger than the Heisman Trophy.” (HA)

Praising Colt, Georgia coach Mark Richt said:
“If he (Brennan) was inserted into certain (SEC) teams that might have struggled at the position, he would have won them a championship. The guy is a great quarterback.” (HA)

About why Colt is special and how that goes beyond just stats, Richt said:
“Sometimes, you might have a guy who throws it 60 times a game, and yeah, he’ll get big yards and touchdowns. But you watch (Brennan), and he’s pin-point accurate, tough as can be, and he knows exactly what to do with the ball in that system.” (HA)

A little envious at how many times Colt gets to throw the ball, Georgia QB Matthew Stafford said:
“It is definitely pretty cool. It’s definitely got to be a fun one for a quarterback to play in. I watched the Boise State and San Jose games, and they have a lot of fun and play with energy.” (HA)

Praising Colt, Georgia safety Kelin Johnson said:
“He’s just an unbelievable player. He’s a great thrower and he can read defenses.” (HA)

About how UH’s OL makes Colt more dangerous, Johnson said:
“He has a lot of time in the pocket, and that says a lot about his offensive line. They let him sit back there and he can do whatever he wants.” (HA)

Transcript of Colt’s Sugar Bowl press conference

December 30, 2007

Asked how their 4-WR offense will benefit from a strong showing against Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, Colt said:
“Obviously when we match up against SEC talent, you can’t get any better talent in college football. Everybody knows how good Georgia’s defense is. Everybody respects Georgia’s defense. So I think if this offense does have success that it would do a lot for the offense, and just how people look at the offense.” (HA)

Asked if he is aware how other non-BCS teams are watching UH, Colt said:
“No, I don’t think so. Somehow, some way, everything we’ve done this season, after all of those close wins, nothing ever sank in. Even now, as we’re sitting here, it feels like a normal travel week. Like nothing really has (sunk) in. We know that we’re at the show. I just think that when we walk on that field, you know, and it’s game time, we’re going to be like, ‘All right, we have to figure out how to get over this.’ That’s the key. If we can get over the fact that we’re here and the game that it is, I think we can be all right. But we’ve gotta get over that.” (HA)

Asked if BSU’s BCS victory last year helped them, Colt said:
“I truly agree with that. I think by Boise winning last year it gave credibility to allowing a mid-major (to) enter in the BCS picture. And I think that because they won that game is why everybody said, ‘OK, we’ll give Hawai’i the shot this year.’ I really do.” (HA)

Asked if this game is the “final chance” for him to prove himself, Colt said:
“Yeah, without a doubt. With all of the things, I’ve looked back and it’s crazy how much success I’ve had. I realize that you’re only as good as your last game, and my last game happens to be the Sugar Bowl against one of the best teams in the country. It is what it is, but this game has a huge impact on how I’ll be remembered, and how my career will be looked at.” (HA)

Asked how he would like to be remembered, Colt said:
“Basically, as a player, I just want to be remembered for being that really awesome Hawai’i quarterback that … it wasn’t the numbers, it was the way he played the game. I think if you watch the film, if you watch the way I play the game, I’m not a kid that loves to throw the ball (to) just get rid of it. (The coaches are) yelling at me half the time ‘To stop running the ball, get down, slide.’ If we can do a trick play and have fun with it, if I can scramble around and have fun, I will. I’m a football player — not a quarterback, a football player. And as a person, (I want to be remembered) as a real person, not fake. I don’t want to be remembered for being somebody (who) was fake. I want to be remembered for someone (who) was real, and told it how it was, who was a good person at heart. And that’s all that mattered.” (HA)

Asked about Georgia QB Matthew Stafford, Colt said:
“I actually like Matthew. I watched him some last year. This year he’s had a great year. He’s a great play-action quarterback — big, physical kid. I’ve got a lot of respect for his game. He’s a great QB.” (HA)

Asked if he asked Tim Tebow for a scouting report on Georgia during the Heisman festivities, Colt said:
“We did talk. That was really funny watching me and Tim Tebow talk. You talk about all of the system-quarterback stuff, me and him cannot relate on anything we talked about. All he talked about were (defensive) fronts and linebackers, and I’m like, ‘Dude, I throw the ball.’ All I talked about (was): ‘Where’s the safety at?’ And he’s like, ‘I don’t pay attention to that.’ I’m like, ‘How are you making these reads then?’ It was different. All he kept talking about were eight-man fronts and what the D-end’s doing. I don’t look at those guys ever. I’m looking down at the corners and the free safeties. We talked a little bit. We had fun with it. He said (Georgia’s defense) was the best defense he played all year. And they gave him the most trouble (this) year. Obviously that’s a great opportunity for me considering I was in the Heisman (race) with Tim, and if I came out and had success with Georgia, I think, it would validate a lot of things for me.” (HA)

Asked about Tebow’s advice about facing Georgia, Colt said:
“He said: ‘Just get rid of it because they’re coming.’ He said they’re a very physical, very fast defense. They’re Georgia. They live up to their reputation. They’re just as good as they are almost any year.” (HA)

Asked about the comparisons to Troy, a passing team Georgia played this year, Colt said:
“We watched a lot of Troy. Obviously when we watch film, the only thing we can watch is open-set teams that play them with a lot of receivers. We did, and we got some ideas, and they did throw the ball very (well) against Georgia.” (HA)

Asked about the appeal of the Sugar Bowl, Colt said:
“Without a doubt, I’d love to watch this game. I don’t think anybody has really watched us, really sat down and watched us play football. They may have watched some highlights, they may have seen some clips, but to watch a football team week in and week out, that’s when you really understand a football team. I just think this is going to be the game that can define so much for us. … We’re the underdog. We’re that Cinderella story, possibly. I think that’s what it’s all about.

I think what’s great — my life, everything I’ve gone through — people keep referring to me as a ‘role model.’ … I’m a convicted felon (for a trespassing incident in Colorado four years ago). It’s real tough. But the way the world is going, I’m real. There are so many kids out there, when you go in there … and you talk to kids, they say, ‘Don’t do drugs. Don’t drink alcohol.’ Well, some of these kids have already made those mistakes in life. You’re telling those kids: ‘Give up. You’ve already screwed up.’ Well, that’s not what life’s about.

Life’s about making (the most of) second chances, making the best out of things. That’s what this football team is. It’s real. Just like my story, this football team is real. We’ve come back from 21. We’ve come back from deficits that people would never have come back from. That’s why I’m excited about (the game). I think the nation is going to love to watch and experience this football game.” (HA)

Asked about how they play games well past the East Coast’s bedtime, Colt said:
“Everybody keeps asking us about our ranking. We say, ‘We’re just grateful to be here.’ We understand it’s tough to watch us play. And that’s just kind of the way it is. The only thing we can say back to that is: ‘Hey, we live in Hawai’i.’ ” (HA)

Asked about the cultural diversity between the Bulldogs and Warriors, Colt said:
“It is a great clash of cultures. I’m just grateful we’re in Louisiana because these LSU fans don’t like Georgia too much. We’ve been treated like the cat’s meow around here. They’ve been awesome to us. It’s been fun watching all of the LSU fans cheering us on. And, obviously, we’re cheering them on. It is a clash of cultures, but that’s what’s cool, though. That’s what college football is all about.” (HA)

Asked if he imagined that he woudl one day live in Hawaii, Colt said:
“Growing up as a kid, I loved football. I loved hunting. My grandfather had a ranch in Colorado, so I kind of had this western thing going. I used to beg my dad to move to Omaha, Neb., so I could go pheasant hunting (and) play football out there in the Midwest. But growing up in California, at 18, when I was going to the beach and snowboarding (in Colorado) every day, he was like, ‘Do you want to go to Omaha now?’ I’m like, ‘No, not at all.’ I never imagined I’d end up in Hawai’i. To end up out there, and to experience what I’ve experienced, I’m thankful for it. I’m grateful I got to have that opportunity and experience.” (HA)

Asked how his WRs have contributed to the success of the offense, Colt said:
“I say this, hands down, all of the time, they’re the best receiving corps in the nation. And that’s biased, I know. There may be some great single receivers out there. There may be some great guys. But what they do collectively as a unit, they’re selfless, and not only that, they’re Division I athletes. That’s what everyone keeps misinterpreting. Hawai’i in the past was a great offense with good athletes. But we have great athletes now. And that’s why, I think, it’s been the difference in why my numbers have been as good as they are. It’s because of the receivers around me.” (HA)

Asked about critics who dismiss their offense, Colt said:
“(They imply) it feels like we’re cheating or something. … You just line up and play. People are going to say what they’re going to say. We love throwing the ball and scoring a lot of points. That’s what we like to do.” (HA)

Asked about facing defenses geared to stop their passing attack, Colt said:
“It can be tough. The thing is, we do a great job, and we don’t get a lot of credit. But the last two weeks our run game has been unbelievable. Our ability to run the ball, that was the difference last year with Nate (Ilaoa) and Reagan (Mauia). Our run game has developed this year. For instance, we ended the Boise game with 12 or 13 runs. We ran the ball all the way down the field to end the game. That’s been the difference the end of the year. We’ve gotten the run game so good that now defenses are playing us honest because they have to. When a defense plays us honest, it’s our advantage completely.” (HA)

Asked why he spoke out about UH’s deteriorating facilities, Colt said:
“When I got to Hawai’i at first, I looked around and I saw the facilities and everything, and I said, ‘OK, we’re not a Top-25 football program, and this is Hawai’i, so let’s move on.’ Well, through the success … and watching nothing be done — no changes, no attempts to make things better — if anything it got worse as my time went there. It was kind of disturbing to the fact where I found myself … we had no soap in our locker rooms; where half of our facilities are condemned, we can’t use it. It just came to a point that something needed to be said.

The only reason I said it was because I was the one people liked. So I figured I’d be the guy who stands up and takes the heat. I’m glad I did. I think that’s the best thing I ever did. Even though we got hardly any change out of it, it’s changed the way everybody’s looking at the school, what everybody wants to do with the school. Everybody wants to make a difference now and make it a better place. And not only that the respect I got from my players, the janitors — the people (who) really matter — that was what was worth it.” (HA)

Asked if JJ thanked him for speaking out, Colt said:
“On the side.” (HA)

Asked about overcoming adversity, Colt said:
“Lou Holtz once said, ‘You show me a championship football team, I’ll show you a team that overcame adversity.’ That’s what life’s about. Life’s not fair. I hate how we teach our kids, if you work really hard and you go to school, everything’s going to be great and you’re going to get what you want. No, life isn’t fair. And that’s what I’ve learned. Life’s not fair. It’s about experiencing tough times. Sometimes because you made a mistake … you’ve got to overcome tough times. And that’s what I’ve learned. I’m going to experience many more tough times. I’m not perfect. But this is what it’s all about: trying to be perfect, trying to do things right. That’s the fight. I think that’s what I learned the most. That whole situation in Colorado has kind of left me numb for a long time. It’s hard to feel now, which is a good thing and a bad thing, because it’s easy to block out negativity, it’s easy to block out the bad things, but it’s harder to enjoy the good things.”

Asked about the Sugar Bowl experience, Colt said:
“Basically, ever since these two days I’ve been here, I keep telling myself, ‘Wow, this is it.’ I’m so glad we got here. Like I said earlier, it’s tough to gain that ‘America, Division I college football experience,’ and we’re gaining it. We really haven’t had a chance to gain it. And we’re in it right now. You feel really grateful that you got to experience it, especially when you’re at a school that isn’t used to experiencing it.” (HA)

Asked about wearing a lavalava, Colt said:
“First of all, it’s comfortable. A lot of guys out in Hawai’i throw on a lavalava and a T-shirt and they’re out the door. Coming from California I had jackets and sweatshirts. All you can wear in Hawai’i is a T-shirt and shorts. Lavalava is cool because you can wear it to formal events, as well. It’s a real comfortable thing. It’s something that grows on you. I do it every once in a while to have fun.” (HA)

Asked about the difference between so-called big schools and mid-majors, Colt said:
“I think the gap is definitely beginning to shrink. … When I look back at our first game at Alabama last year. It wasn’t the Xs and Os that beat us. We read the papers, and we felt we weren’t supposed to win. We walked in there, 93,000 people, and we’re in Alabama. We’re not supposed to win this game, right? We go out and we’re playing, and we’re playing hard. But we’re fumbling and we’re making mistakes. We have jitters.

I think now, what we realized is that, beating some of the teams we beat last year, we don’t care who we play. We’ll play whoever lines up in front of us. We’ll stick to what we know, and we’ll make it about the game. That’s what everybody’s learning right now. As long as you can get over the fact that you’re playing Michigan or the big program that’s supposed to win, you have a chance to win. Because it is about the game itself, and who beats you on that football field. I think that’s what people are starting to realize.” (HA)

Quotes about UH’s offense

December 30, 2007

About UH’s offense, Georgia defensive coordinator Willie Martinez said:
“To be successful in any offense, you need to have players, and Hawaii has great players at every position. They have a great quarterback in Colt Brennan, some smooth receivers, and what we think has not been talked about enough is their talented offensive line. They understand their scheme very well, which makes it tough to get to the quarterback. They get rid of the ball quickly, presenting us with a major challenge.” (AJC)

About how their offensive players have to think quickly and read defenses well, RGM said:
“You can’t be a dummy in our offense. The most important thing is that all of our routes are reads. You have to know all the defenses real well. … If we are playing together there are very few teams that stop us.” (AJC)

About how they have to minimize the YAC UH gets, Martinez said:
“We have been telling our kids that it is important when they make a 10-yard gain that it stays a 10-yard gain. We have to minimize the yards that are made after the catch, because they will get their yards. It is a rhythm offense, and we need to do what we can to disrupt their flow.” (AJC)

Looking forward to facing UH, DE Marcus Howard said:
“We know Hawaii is going to come out and throw the ball 50 times. They pass nearly 90 percent of the time. This is the type of game a defensive line dreams of.” (AJC)