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UH's Colt Brennan has been the WAC player of the week three times in eight games this year.
Brennan best again
Colt Brennan views the individual honors rolling his way as a product of his position and the overall productivity of the Hawaii offense.
So when he was named the Western Athletic Conference offensive player of the week for the third time this season, the Warrior quarterback felt the latest accolade was more of a collective award.
"As a QB that's kind of how it goes," Brennan said yesterday. "When you lose you get the finger pointed at you, when you win everybody gives you a lot of credit. If you watched the game, I had unbelievable play by my receivers, especially Ryan (Grice-Mullins), he had a tremendous day.
"As a unit, I think it's a reward to what we accomplished on Saturday."
Brennan passed for 425 yards and six touchdowns in UH's 50-13 win over New Mexico State, moving within two touchdown passes of the NCAA career record of 121.
He was also announced as a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award yesterday. Brennan was one of three finalists last year and is among 15 quarterbacks up for this year's award.
UH's weekly WAC nomination could have gone to Grice-Mullins, who had 13 catches for 195 yards and three touchdowns against NMSU. Brennan was quick to list the contributions made by the rest of the unit in the win.
"Davone (Bess) had two touchdowns and another big game, Jason Rivers dominated on the outside in man coverage, the O-line did a great job of picking everything up," Brennan said. "It was a great day for the team and I feel like we got back on track and got back to our comfort level and it's a great first step in this last chapter of our season."
The final third of UH's schedule, which commences a week from Saturday against Fresno State, will define the Warriors' season. They enter their second bye in a three-week span at 8-0, alone atop the WAC and ranked 14th in this week's Bowl Championship Series rankings.
"I think everybody's happy, but it's not about being happy about what we've done, it's happy about what we can do," Brennan said.
The Warriors may have to go down the stretch without two key contributors, though. Safety Keao Monteilh (fractured shoulder) is out for the season. Coach June Jones thought backup linebacker Rustin Saole (knee) would be lost as well, but the injury wasn't as bad as first feared. He will be sidelined about three weeks.
DEAN OF THE QUARTERBACKS
Colt Brennan is the NCAA active career leader in five passing categories, and it isn't close
Source: NCAA statistics
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