Hawaii in no hurry to name quarterback
The decision is coming ... just not quite yet.
The Hawaii coaching staff continues to evaluate the play of the three contenders for the starting quarterback job, and head coach Greg McMackin said yesterday that the call will be made "within the next few days."
Greg Alexander, Inoke Funaki and Brent Rausch have been in contention for the position, and McMackin indicated earlier this week that a decision could come as early as today, though the process looks to go possibly to the end of the week.
"There's no real hurry because we don't start getting into game planning until next week. We're just not going to rush into it," McMackin said after yesterday afternoon's practice.
"We have 350 throws (taped) on each guy, in team (drills) or 7-on-7. So that's over 1,000 passes that we've analyzed. And they've probably thrown 1,000 more in ball drills.
"All three of them are good quarterbacks, and we just are adding up all the intangibles and pick the guy who gives us the best chance to win."
In the meantime, quarterbacks coach Nick Rolovich has worked to give the contenders an equal look during practices. But if one is performing well, he'll get a chance to stay in longer before rotating out.
"We've switched up the reps so they all go against the No. 1 DBs, they all go with the No. 1 receivers," said Rolovich.
"I justtold them, 'I told you guys to make it a tough decision and you guys have,' " he said. "But pretty soon we've got to make that tough decision, that's where we're going, support your teammate and you push that quarterback in front of you."
The Star-Bulletin's Jason Kaneshiro and Brian McInnis contributed to this report.