Hawai'i QB Brennan seeks NFL evaluation
By Stephen Tsai
Advertiser Staff Writer
By Stephen Tsai
Hawai'i's Colt Brennan completed the best statistical season by a quarterback in the history of NCAA football.
Now Brennan will factor the human element in deciding whether to apply for the 2007 National Football League draft or return to the Warriors as a fifth-year senior.
Yesterday morning, Brennan filed an application requesting that an NFL advisory panel evaluate his skills and project where he would be selected if he entered the draft.
"He'll make a decision on the 15th" of January, the deadline for underclassmen to apply for the draft, UH coach June Jones said.
Jones and Brennan had a meeting yesterday morning.
"I told him what I think," Jones said. "I have my opinion where he would go in the draft. I shared it with him. I'm not going to share it with anyone else."
Asked what he would do if he ran an NFL team, Jones said, "Yes, I would take him."
Brennan, who returned to California to spend the holiday break with his family, is expected to receive his evaluation in early January.
"After that, I'll sit down with my family and see what's up," Brennan said.
Yesterday, Brennan learned he set the NCAA single-season record for passing efficiency with a 185.96 rating. He bettered Shaun King's rating of 183.3 in 1999.
Passing efficiency factors yards, touchdowns completion percentage and interceptions.
"That means Colt had the best season (for a quarterback) in (NCAA) history," Jones said. "It takes into account everything. Unbelievable.
"I knew he was playing better than anybody I've ever had," Jones added. "It doesn't surprise me that his statistics prove that out."
Brennan said the category is the best at measuring a quarterback's success.
"To set the record is awesome," Brennan said. "I have to thank my teammates for being so good. And to coach Jones and to (quarterback) coach (Dan) Morrison and all of the coaches as well."
In two seasons at UH, Brennan has a career efficiency rating of 171.3. The record is 168.9. If he chose to leave UH right now, he would have had the best statistical career in NCAA history.
Brennan has led the nation in total offense in his two UH seasons. This year he was the leader in several categories, including passing yards (5,549) and touchdowns (NCAA record 58).
Among quarterbacks with NCAA eligibility remaining, Brennan and Notre Dame's Brady Quinn are tied for the lead with 93 career touchdown passes. But Quinn, a senior with one game left in his career, amassed his scoring passes over four years.
"Oh, my gosh, that's unbelievable," Jones said.
Brennan is 28 touchdown passes short of Ty Detmer's career record of 121. Former UH quarterback Tim Chang is second with 117.
UPERESA, SATELE INVITED
Former UH offensive linemen Dane Uperesa and Samson Satele have been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in February.
Running back Nate Ilaoa and defensive end Melila Purcell also are expected to receive invitations.
The four players signed agreements to allow Domann & Pittman to serve as their agents. Leo Goeas, a former UH offensive lineman who played eight seasons in the NFL, is their certified agent. Larry Goeas, also a former Warrior, is the certified financial manager.
The agreements were sent to the Players Association, and should be officially approved by the end of the week.
Satele, an All-America center, will leave next week to train in Houston, the site of Domann & Pittman's training center.
Ilaoa, Purcell and Uperesa will leave for Houston following the Jan. 14 Hula Bowl at Aloha Stadium.
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