Brent Rausch and Bryant Moniz are co-#2 QBs

HA Note: “Entering training camp, Rausch and Shane Austin were bracketed at No. 2, with Moniz at No. 4. Despite a sore right (throwing) arm, Moniz has played well in training camp β€” enough to move into the competition for the role as top backup. After a lengthy meeting Sunday, it was decided that Rausch and Moniz would be bracketed at No. 2, and Austin would take mental reps during practices.”

About how Alexander will get 2/3 of the reps in 6-on-7 and team drills and the #2 QB will get the other third, Mac said:
“And the third guy has to be ready by watching. He’s not going to get a lot of reps.” (HA)

About how he is better than last year, Rausch said:
“I think I’ve improved in general. Definitely, my reads are better. I see the defenses and the coverages better.” (HA)

About how Rausch has improved, Rolo said:
“I like how Rausch has responded. He came in much more mature this year.” (HA)

Rolo said that Moniz has:
“that X factor.” (HA)

HA Note: “Moniz was a star quarterback at Leilehua High, leading the Mules to the 2004 state championship game. He played at Fresno City College as a freshman in 2007, then attended Leeward Community College last year.”

About how he competed in the X-Flag Football League this year, Moniz said:
“It was fun. It was good competition.” (HA)

Praising Moniz, who joined the Warriors in January, Rolo said:
“He has a nice calmness in the huddle. He has a great personality. He has a quick release, and he’s fairly accurate.” (HA)

HA Note: “Moniz was admittedly bothered by a sore right shoulder caused by overuse. He said that no longer is a problem. Moniz is not on scholarship. He receives financial support from his parents. He also works as a pizza deliveryman in Mililani.”

About his best tip when he delivered pizza, Moniz said:
“I once got a $20 tip, but that was from a relative. It doesn’t really count.” (HA)

HA Note: “Moniz’s grandfather was Bill Smithe, who was leader of the O’ahu Interscholastic Association for more than 25 years. Moniz helped care for Smithe when his grandfather became ill in later years.”

About his grandfather Bill Smithe, Moniz said:
“I used to watch sumo with him. I helped feed him until he passed away.” (HA)

About how he will keep working hard despite dropping to #4 QB, Shane Austin said:
“You’ve got to keep your head up and keep trying. There’s no point in giving up or quitting. You have to keep pushing yourself every day to get better, and when your shot comes, you have to be ready.” (HA)

About how he has already accomplished one of his top objectives, Moniz said:
“My goal coming into camp was just to prove that I belong out here, that I can still play.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “During the team periods, the rotation had Alexander taking four snaps, followed by two each for Rausch and Moniz.”

About the backup QB role, Moniz said:
“It’s a big responsibility. In the game you never know what can happen, you’re always one play away. You have to be just as ready as everybody else.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Moniz had impressed the coaches with his progress during spring practice and fall camp and elevated his profile with a solid performance in a scrimmage last Friday, throwing the lone touchdown pass of the day.”

Praising Moniz, Mac said:
“He’s got a great feel for the game. Throws the ball, quick release, knows the offense, very smart, very fast. He gives us another dimension. He’s definitely somebody we think can win games for us.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Moniz graduated from Leilehua in 2007 and played one season at Fresno City College, where he threw for 2,268 yards and 18 touchdowns as a freshman. The birth of his daughter nearly 15 months ago contributed to his decision to return home. He was invited to walk on with the Warriors. He seemed to be a long shot to see playing time this season, but his performance in practice has nudged him ever closer to the field.”

About how he gained confidence as the QB competition went on, Moniz said:
“With every completion, confidence grows and you become more comfortable.” (HSB)


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