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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Funaki / Colt

"Someone" profiles Inoke Funaki.
Funaki, who will be a junior in the fall, was the No. 3 quarterback behind starter Colt Brennan and Tyler Graunke last season. Brennan completed his NCAA eligibility at the end of the Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl, and Graunke is suspended from team activities after breaking team-oriented rules.

Funaki, who will turn 25 next month, is on track to enter the March 31 start of spring practice as the No. 1 quarterback.
Without a doubt, he said, "I definitely want the job. Nobody wants something handed to them. You want to have the spot because the coaches have trust in you, and they know you can do the job. That's why I'm working very hard."

Funaki, who is 5 feet 11, said he weighs between 200 and 205 pounds — his range during last season. But he said he is in better shape.

"I'm putting in that little extra when I work out," he said. "When I run, I try to do a little bit more. Everybody looks to the quarterback. Even if he doesn't want to be the leader, he's the guy the team looks to. I want to set an example."
Gotta love Funaki. And with Graunke hopefully coming back soon, it's gonna be a crazy spring at the QB position, and a crazier fall when the JC QBs Brent Rausch and Greg Alexander come in.

Dave Reardon talks to Colt Brennan as he prepares and gains weight for the NFL Combine.
Colt Brennan says it's nothing new.

"Whenever I get criticized, I always seem to prove them wrong in the end," said Brennan, who was third in the Heisman Trophy voting after leading Hawaii to an undefeated 2007 regular season.

Questions abound as the former UH quarterback heads to Indianapolis for the NFL Combine. This time they are about weight, arm strength and adaptability from the run-and-shoot to a traditional NFL system. The questions are amplified after sub-par performances in the Sugar Bowl and Senior Bowl.

Some of his plusses are accuracy and scrambling ability. And Brennan has often used an underdog attitude to his advantage.
Speaking of criticism, Adam Schein of FoxSports.com has a compendium of Colt criticism.
The issues for Brennan range from the physical to the mental to the schematic.

A consistent, major concern for these NFL executives was the fact that Brennan played in the shotgun formation.

One general manager told me, "His offensive scheme is a big issue, playing in the shotgun. 1-2-3 and out. It's totally different getting under center. He is going to have to adjust to the pro-style attack. He won a lot of games and you have to respect that, but he didn't have to read defenses. That's a problem."

He then added, "Arm strength is a big time question mark. His release point needs to be fixed."

And that was before the ultimate exclamation point.

"He's not a sure-fire make-the-team-guy."
The fools! All the best to Colt, and let's hope he has a great combine.


  • At Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 10:04:00 AM HST, Anonymous fuzzylogic said…

    That FoxSports article doesn't give much credit to Colt for his never giving up and always fighting the opposition. If Colt reads this article it is only more ammunition for him to keep trying harder. I like when Colt proves people wrong.

  • At Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 11:08:00 AM HST, Blogger wildwahine said…

    I take critics with a grain of salt, it's based on stats, perception and opinion. We all can do that and the stats never changes, but our perception and opinion are just that, and that differs from person to person. IMO, Good luck to Colt, hey they criticized Eli M. saying he wasn't as good as his brother Peyton, look who came thru in the clutch? And all great QB Joe M. was a 6th round pic, and he had his critics........so what? Make up your own minds. GOOD LUCK COLT & GOOD LUCK TO UH QB's, may the best QB get the start.....my guess, I'll pick the Jucos, the bummer, they aren't coming till summer.

  • At Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 11:59:00 AM HST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    wildwahine, right on with the post. I think right now Colt is not getting his respect. As he builds his confidence at the next level the Colt we know and love will get his.

    As for the QB 2008, I like Tyler but I too can't wait to see the JUCOs.

  • At Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 12:14:00 PM HST, Anonymous Kaimuki boy said…

    Inoke - represent the boyz from the North Shore!

    The Fox article will only make Colt shine even brighter. Prove them wrong again Colt. The commentator must be on crack. Is Vince Young a sure-quick-ready-QB? I don't think any college QB is ready for NFL.

    wildwahine - you go girl.

    Tombo - awesome stuff as usual

  • At Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 1:44:00 PM HST, Anonymous Steve K said…

    We all know Colt is an awesome QB. And Yes, I think Colt is not getting the respect but I think he will shine in the combines. Tombo...awesome site...

    Aloha from the beautiful PW Northwest.

  • At Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 6:18:00 PM HST, Blogger imua94 said…

    Steve K, right on giving some love to Da Warriors from the PacNW. I live in SW Washington. I do not know about all of you but I cannot wait for 2008 season.

    Imua Warriors!

  • At Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 10:53:00 PM HST, Blogger Tombo Ahi said…

    check out this blog post by "Lisa H" pointing out the ridiculousness and contradictions in these guys statements. good stuff. and thanks again for your comments.

  • At Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 5:46:00 AM HST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hawaii fans take it SO PERSONALLY when any comments are made about UH not being the absolute best or their players being the absolute best. I think that you miss the point of most of these comments. It is great that the football team was undefeated and did it all with no football budget/facilities/etc., but you are a big fish in a little pond. I recently read a post about one of your OL players who was not invited to the combine and how his bench press reps would get him noticed, etc. His reps do not matter if he is not fast enough to keep the DT/DE from runnning around him to the QB. He may have been great in college, but he will probably not make it in the pros. Just like most high school players do not go on to college, most college players do not go on to the pros. It is not personal to say that Colt is not the best QB in the universe. I would probably have been star struck like 99% of the UH fans if I watched him crank huge numbers all year long, but when you play against the top players in the nation at combines and bowl games, etc., then you have to admit that you can judge the player more accurately regarding what he will or can do at the next level because he is playing against the other players that are going to be at the next level. Most college QB's that had huge numbers in HS do not throw for 4k 5k or 6k yards like they did in HS because they are playing against better opposition. Because of the Sugar Bowl loss I will point to Stafford from UGA who passed for ridiculous numbers in HS and has not thrown for ridiculous numbers in Div 1. It is not just UH that gets ridiculed for playing a weak schedule and then getting crushed in a bowl game. Look at Ohio St. and you will see the same thing. Or even Kansas. It is ok to be a fan of whatever team you want and love the players and think they are great, but stop freaking out when suggestions are made that do not suggest that they will be the supreme rulers of the universe. Playing in front of nearly 100K fans each week with bazillions of dollars in budgets, recruiting, tickets sales, NFL quality players, drafts, etc., is the norm for SEC Pac 10 etc, divisions. For UH, it is new and was a big deal. Just don't be unrealistic about it. UH fan, you are just now starting to learn how to deal with the attention of playing winning seasons, having "star" players, playing in bowl games, etc. Just calm down and enjoy the ride, before you kill yourselves.

  • At Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 4:54:00 PM HST, Blogger Tombo Ahi said…


  • At Friday, February 22, 2008 at 6:35:00 AM HST, Anonymous Synonymous said…

    Anonymous has too much free time

  • At Friday, February 22, 2008 at 12:45:00 PM HST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    the responses of tombo ahi and synonymous are average UH fan responses to anything other than "all hail UH!" and "can I please wash Colt's undershorts?!?" (Please refrain from comments like "you couldn't carry them" and "they don't call him Colt for nothing!". tombo's and syn's responses represent what happened to you in the Sugar Bowl. You got blasted with reality and you would rather act like it did not happen and that the author of said blasting is the loser.

  • At Friday, February 22, 2008 at 3:17:00 PM HST, Blogger Tombo Ahi said…

    did somebody fart?


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