Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Colt Brennan Story

With a little luck Saturday, Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan is going to set the Division I-A record for touchdown passes in a season, which is held by former Houston quarterback David Klingler, who had 54 in 1990. Brennan is at 51 entering the Warriors' game against Oregon State and when you compare his statistics with the other Heisman contenders, he blows them away. Brennan is an interesting story. He was Matt Leinart's backup at Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Calif., then went to Colorado and appeared as if he might contend for the starting job in 2005. But after a night of drinking, he walked into a coed's room uninvited and refused to leave. He eventually pled guilty to second-degree burglary and first degree criminal trespass, and given the climate in Colorado at the time (the Kobe Bryant incident and lurid tales of sex surrounding the Buffaloes' program), he got kicked off the team. Brennan found his way to Hawaii in June 2005 and although he wasn't welcomed by everybody on the Islands, he has been a good citizen from all appearances. Now his popularity is at a peak, with Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann joking that if an election were held today, he would probably lose to Brennan.

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