|Height: 6-3 | Weight: 207 | College: Hawaii|
One of the most accurate passers in the history of college football, Brennan is the owner of 21 NCAA records in just over two seasons in a Warriors' uniform.
A model of consistency, he established many Bowl Subdivision records, including 34 consecutive games with at least 200 passing yards and 20 games with at least 400 yards in total offense. His average of 387.89 yards per game in total offense and a pass completion percentage of .712 are among myriad notable national marks he set among the 31 NCAA records that he established in just 38 games at Hawaii.
On the way to shattering numerous national Western Athletic Conference and school passing and total offense records, he has drawn the praise of opposing head coaches.
"Colt is as mobile and accurate quarterback that I've seen in a while," Boise State head coach Chris Peterson stated. "He has a great feel for the game and to stop Hawaii, you have to stop Colt."
At Mater Dei High School, Brennan earned three letters in football and one in basketball. The team's MVP in 2001, he added All-League first-team gridiron honors. He led the squad to a 9-5 record his final year, completing more than 68% of his passes with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions, adding 200 yards and four scores on the ground.
The team went 11-2 his junior year and 9-1 during his sophomore campaign, when he led the team to the CIF championship with a win over powerhouse DeLaSalle High. After his senior year, he was invited to play in the County All-Star Game. He also lettered as a forward on the basketball team as a senior and the squad captured the CIF title.
Brennan turned down a scholarship offer from Utah State to enroll at Worcester Academy (Mass.) in 2002. He started seven games that season, completing 101-of-158 passes for 1,707 yards, 15 touchdowns and only four interceptions, but missed two games with a finger fracture. The All-New England Prep School choice helped the team to a 5-4 record, throwing for 287 yards and three scores on 16-of-22 attempts in an upset victory over Mount Ida and gained 390 yards with four scores in a triumph over Valley Forge.
Brennan enrolled at the University of Colorado in 2003 as a walk-on. He was listed fourth on the depth chart, but never appeared in a game at the school. His college career almost ended before it began when, on Jan. 28, 2004, he was arrested by campus police and charged with entering a co-ed's room. Uninvited, he was intoxicated at the time of the incident and the woman claimed he exposed himself and fondled her. He pleaded guilty to burglary and trespassing, but a charge of unlawful sexual contact was vacated by the court for lack of evidence. He was dismissed from the team.
Brennan transferred to Saddleback Community College, where he appeared in nine games during the 2004 season. He ranked third in the California junior college ranks with an average of 19.7 pass completions per game, seventh with an average of 253.7 yards passing and seventh in total offense (287.7 yards per game). He completed 177-of-259 passes (68.3%) for 2,532 yards, 23 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also rushed for 57 yards on 66 tries (0.9-yard average) with a score, finishing with 2,589 total yards.
When coach June Jones recruited him to Hawaii, Brennan found someone with complete confidence in his passing skills. Jones slowly brought Brennan along in the early stage of the 2005 season before turning the starting reins over for 10 games. Brennan led an offensive attack that ranked second in the nation in passing (384.25 yards per game) and led the 1-A ranks in total offense (476.17 yards per game).
He ranked ninth nationally with a 155.49 pass-efficiency rating, leading the country with an average of 371.25 yards in total offense, 358.42 aerial yards and 19.17 points responsible for per game. His 4,301 yards was the best in the nation, as he completed 350-of-515 pass attempts (68.0%), with 35 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He finished second on the team with 154 yards and two scores on 99 carries (1.6-yard average) and totaled 4,455 yards on 614 offensive plays.
To most quarterbacks, Brennan's 2005 stats would represent an entire college career. But the 2006 season was even more impressive, and Brennan did it in record-shattering fashion. The Sammy Baugh Award winner and Davey O'Brien Award finalist finished second in the voting for Cingular National Player of the Year Award honors. He earned All-American first-team recognition from The NFL Draft Report, adding second-team accolades from Walter Camp. He was named Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year and finished sixth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy.
Brennan would go on to set 18 NCAA, 17 WAC and 41 school records. He led the nation in pass efficiency (185.96), total offense (422.5 yards per game), points responsible for (27.71 ppg), yards passing (5,549), completion percentage (72.6) and yards passing per game (396.36). He hit on 406-of-559 tosses for 5,549 yards, including a national-record 58 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions. He finished second on the squad with 366 yards and five scores on 86 carries (4.3-yard average). He participated in 645 plays, gaining 5,915 total yards.
Brennan continued to torch opposing defensive backs in 2007, but he suffered a right ankle sprain in the team's third game vs. Nevada-Las Vegas that forced him to leave in the third quarter. Brennan re-injured the ankle the following week vs. Idaho and was forced to sit out the Charleston Southern game. He came back vs. Utah State, but his ankle didn't cooperate, forcing Brennan out just prior to halftime.
A concussion on a head-on collision vs. Fresno State would sideline him for the final 10 minutes vs. the Bulldogs and the following week, he saw just limited action vs. Nevada. In the Sugar Bowl vs. Georgia, he was shaken up in the fourth quarter and replaced for the final 14 minutes of Hawaii's only loss for the year.
Brennan managed to rank fifth in the nation in passing efficiency (159.85), fourth in points responsible for (23 per game) and passing yards (4,343), third in total offense (364.17 yards per game) and pass completions per game (29.92 per game) and second in average yards passing per game (361.92 ypg). The Hawaii quarterback connected on 359-of-510 passes (70.4%) for 4,343 yards, 38 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He scored eight times on 82 carries, recorded a solo tackle and amassed 4,370 yards in total offense.
In 38 games at Hawaii, Brennan started 35 times. He completed 1,292-of-1,584 passes (70.39%) for 14,193 yards, 131 touchdowns and 42 interceptions. He rushed 267 times for 547 yards (2.1-yard average) and 15 scores. On 1,851 offensive plays, he totaled 14,740 yards and 146 total touchdowns.
Including nine games at Saddleback College, Brennan participated in 47 collegiate games. He piled up 16,725 yards with 154 touchdowns and 46 interceptions on 1,292-of-1,843 throws (70.1%). He gained 604 yards with 16 scores on 333 carries (1.8-yard average). He totaled 17,329 yards on 2,176 offensive plays, an average of 368.7 yards per game.
Positives: Has a tall, lanky frame, with good upper-body structure, tapered thighs and room to carry additional bulk -- at least 20 pounds -- with no loss in quickness Runs with a normal stride, showing the valid speed and balance to force defenses to account for him when running with the ball Very mobile in the pocket, which causes problems for a slower defense to cover him on roll-outs Slides and adjusts to pocket pressure with ease, showing the body control to easily throw on the move Has good acceleration driving back from center to his throwing point Has the nimble feet to throw on the move and the arm strength to stretch the defenses when passing from the outside hashes Shows ease of movement sliding in the pocket and while he lacks blazing speed, he is a threat to gain valid yardage running with the ball Does a good job of taking plays from the chalkboard to the field and excels at adjusting to defensive coverage, making good pre-snap decisions Plays with good intensity and won't get rattled under pressure Quick decision-maker who has the confidence in his arm to make all the plays Demonstrates good body control running with the ball, but needs to work on ball security (seven fumbles in 2006, nine in 2007) Fires the ball out quickly and has the vision and patience to scan the field and wait for secondary targets to open Even though he is used more in the shotgun, he has the good quickness to set and throw coming back from the center Throws on the move as well as he throws from the pocket due to his fine balance and body control Has a compact throwing motion and knows how to vary his release and delivery, carrying the ball at chest height and throwing over the top when in the pocket, or with a three-quarters sidearm delivery when passing on the move Even with that release, his passes are high enough to not get batted down at the line of scrimmage Has the arm strength to air the ball out, showing very good timing and ball speed Plays with good awareness and always seems to know where his receivers are, doing a nice job of checking down and making progression reads Has better timing and accuracy working the short-to-intermediate areas Gets good trajectory on his deep throws, but must step into them better Has very good anticipation skills and delivers a catchable ball that gets to his target without the receiver having to adjust (throws the ball to get it there when the receiver is about to come out of his break) Does a fine job of stepping up or sliding when flushed out of the pocket (struggled with an ankle injury most of the 2007 season) Knows when to throw, as he has the knack for anticipating when his receivers will be coming out of their cuts Does a solid job of locating secondary targets and checking down, demonstrating very good vision on route-progression reads Knows how to adjust his delivery when throwing on the move Respected leader with good huddle presence Has a good command of the offensive game plan and his teammates respect his ability to create and improvise with the ball in his hands Has a feel for pocket pressure, knowing when to slide or step up to find the throwing lanes, as it is rare to see him step back or fall away from his tosses Has the scrambling ability to throw on the run with good short-to-intermediate area accuracy, showing the nimble feet to buy time and the natural instincts to know when to run with the ball.
Negatives: Has good quickness and a strong throwing arm, but his overall core strength is marginal and he might struggle absorbing punishment at the next level Field smart, but needs to make a better effort academically Puts in the effort in the training room, but has marginal lifting habits Does not have the size, strength or body mass you look for at his position Can fire the ball with good strength, but when he throws off the wrong foot, his deep throws tend to wobble Puts a lot of effort behind his deep throws, but his footwork needs to be refined Will lose his composure under a fierce pass rush, but will generally step up and avoid Will generally throw with a high release, but when he fires low, he gets lots of passes deflected (see 2007 Louisiana Tech game) Has good arm strength, but must throw with better velocity when attacking the seam Now scans the field well, but did lock on to his primary target too often in the early stages of his career Will throw the ball with a three-quarters sidearm delivery when rolling out, but needs to refine that delivery (better when going over the top), as he will drop his arm too low at times and this affects his trajectory, resulting in deflected passes Not the type that will force the ball into traffic when pressured, but possibly due to his ankle injury negating his foot speed in 2007, he struggled to maintain balance on roll-outs, resulting in a high amount of his passes being intercepted or deflected.
Compares To: ALEX SMITH-San Francisco Smith is several inches taller and more powerful than Brennan, but both rely on their athletic agility to step up and avoid pressure. Brennan has that moxie on the field that reminds some of Brett Favre, but it is his quick reads that sees him get the ball out instantly to his targets. He is a mobile passer whose scrambling keeps defenses honest, but lacks the size and certainly lacks the core strength you look for in a quarterback that can absorb punishment at the next level. In a spread or West Coast offense, Brennan is a nice fit. But despite good arm strength in the short-to-intermediate areas, he isn't capable of consistently attacking the deep secondary.
Brennan's average of 387.89 yards per game in total offense is an NCAA Division 1-A record, surpassing the previous mark of 382.4 yards per game by Tim Rattay of Louisiana Tech (12,618 yards in 33 games, from 1997-99) His 10,370 yards in total offense during his first two seasons at Hawaii shattered Rattay's previous NCAA record of 8,808 yards (1997-98) in a two-year span His 14,740 yards in total offense for his entire Hawaii career rank behind Timmy Chang of Hawaii (16,910 yards, 2000-04) as the second-best average in school, Western Athletic Conference and NCAA Division 1-A history Was responsible for 100 touchdowns over the course of the 2005-06 seasons, topping the old NCAA two-year record of 85 by David Klingler of Houston (threw for 83 TDs, ran for two more, 1990-91) For his major college career, Brennan was responsible for 146 total touchdowns, topping the old NCAA career-record of 135 by Ty Detmer of Brigham Young (1998-2001) His average of 3.84 touchdowns responsible per game broke Tim Rattay of Louisiana Tech's previous NCAA mark of 3.55 (1997-99) Brennan's 604 points responsible for between 2005-06 was the most by an NCAA player over a two-year span, topping David Klingler of Houston's mark of 514 (1988-91) His major college total of 886 points responsible for shattered the NCAA three-year record of 702 points by Rattay and the four-year record of 820 points by Ty Detmer His average of 23.32 points responsible for per game broke the old NCAA all-time record of 17.8 points by Detmer His 63 touchdowns responsible for in 2006 broke the old NCAA 1-A season-record of 57 by B.J. Symons of Texas Tech in 2003 (threw for 52, ran for five) Brennan's 380 points responsible for in 2006 topped Symons' NCAA season-record of 348 in 2003 His 167.91 passing efficiency rating is just shy of the NCAA Division 1-A career-record of 168.9 by Ryan Dinwiddie of Boise State (2000-03) His 185.96 passing efficiency rating in 2006 broke the old NCAA season-record of 183.3 by Shaun King of Tulane in 1998 Completed 70.39% of his passes (1,115-of-1,584), an NCAA all-time record, topping the previous mark of 68.2% by Bruce Gradkowski of Toledo (766 of 1,123, from 2002-05) Became the fifth player in NCAA history to throw for over 5,000 yards in a season (5,549) in 2006, joining B.J. Symons of Texas Tech (5,833 in 2003), Ty Detmer of Brigham Young (5,188 in 1990), David Klingler of Houston(5,140 in 1990) and Kliff Kingsbury of Texas Tech (5,017 in 2002) His 9,850 yards passing from 2005-06 was the best total over a two-year span by an NCAA Division 1-A player, topping the old mark of 9,748 by Ty Detmer of Brigham Young (1989-90) His average of 373.5 yards passing per game set an NCAA career-record, surpassing Detmer's old mark of 326.76 yards per game (1988-91) His string of 14 consecutive games of 200-plus yards passing in 2006 tied the NCAA record first set by Ben Roethlisberger of Miami (Ohio) in 2003 His 13 games of throwing for at least 300 yards in 2006 set another NCAA single-season, surpassing Ty Detmer of Brigham Young (in both 1989 and '90) Threw for over 300 yards in 12 straight games in 2006, tying Detmer's NCAA records set in both 1989 and '90 Threw for 58 touchdowns in 2006, breaking the NCAA season-record of 54 by David Klingler of Houston in 1990 His two-year total (2005-06) of 93 touchdown passes broke Klingler's NCAA record of 83 (1990-91) Has averaged 3.45 touchdown passes per game during his career, ranking just behind the NCAA all-time record of 3.48 by Tim Rattay of Louisiana Tech (1997-99) Became the sixth player in NCAA Division 1-A annals to throw for over 100 touchdowns (131) during a career, joining Detmer (121), Timmy Chang of Hawaii (117, 2000-04), Rattay (115), Wuerffel (114) and Chad Pennington of Marshall (100, 1997-99) Joined Timmy Chang (17,072 yards, 2000-04) as the only player in school history to throw for over 10,000 yards (14,193) in a career Holds the school record with 20 games of 400 yards passing or more His four 500-yard passing performances broke the old school record of three that was set by Nick Rolovich (2001) His 559 yards passing vs. Arizona State in 2006 is a record and his 548 yards vs. Louisiana Tech in 2007 rank second on the Hawaii game chart, ahead of Rolovich's 543 yards vs. Brigham Young in 2001 His 5.549 yards passing in 2006 set a WAC season-record, topping Ty Detmer of Brigham Young (5,188 in 1990) His 5,915 yards ion total offense in 2006 broke the old conference annual record of 5,022 yards by Detmer in 1990 Brennan's pass completion percentage of .726 in 2006 set school and WAC season-records For his major college career, he set 31 NCAA, 27 conference and 72 school records.
All-American third-team choice by The NFL Draft Report and Associated Press First-team All-Western Athletic Conference first-team pick and named WAC Offensive Player of the Year Finished third in the voting for the Heisman Trophy Finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award (both given to the top quarterback in the nation) Despite several injuries, including multiple ones to his right ankle, Brennan still managed to rank second in the nation with an average of 361.92 yards per game passing Also ranked fifth nationally in passing efficiency (159.85), fourth in points responsible for (23 points per game) and passing yards (4,343), third in total offense (364.17 yards per game) and third in pass completions per game (29.92 per game) Completed 359 of 510 throws (70.4%) for 4,343 yards, 38 touchdowns and 17 interceptions Rushed 82 times for 27 yards (0.3-yard average) and eight scores On 592 plays, he accounted for 4,370 yards in total offense Also recorded a solo tackle 213 of his 359 pass completions were good for first downs, as 54 of his throws were caught for 20 yards or longer Helped convert 60-of-116 third-down plays (51.7%) and 6-of-13 fourth-down snaps (46.2%) Turned the ball over six times on nine fumbles and was sacked 29 times for losses totaling losses of 138 yards Had 42 of his pass attempts deflected by the opposition Ran for 16 first downs on his 82 rushing attempts.
|2007 Game Analysis|
Northern Colorado Brennan threw for 416 yards and six touchdowns on 34-of-40 passes (85.0%), as he led the team to six scoring drives on the seven series that he played in a 63-6 victory. He also gained 23 yards on three rushing attempts Brennan threw for 20 first downs and ran for two others, as he converted both fourth-down plays he was involved in, leading an offense that totaled 577 yards The Warriors found the end zone early and often, tallying 28 points in the first quarter and led 42-0 at the half Brennan was on fire in the first half, setting a new school record for completions in the first quarter (19) and half (34). He also broke his own record of passing yards in a half, finishing with 416 yards, 27 more than his previous mark of 389 set in last year's Hawaii Bowl. He also tied school marks for touchdowns in a quarter (4) and half (6) Brennan capped an 8-play, 80-yard, game-opening series with a 15-yard screen pass to Kealoha Pilares for a touchdown He then fired a 30-yard scoring strike to Jason Rivers on the next series Brennan found Davone Bess with a fourth-&-6 throw for 21 yards to the UNC 5 and on the next play, he hit Bess in the corner of the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown A 28-yard sideline throw to Ryan Grice-Mullen was followed by a 30-yard touchdown throw to C.J. Hawthorne at the start of the second quarter Rivers grabbed a 25-yard seam pass from Brennan and a third-&-1 pass interference call by UNC put the ball near the goal-line, where Colt then lobbed a 2-yard scoring pass to Bess to end a 7-play, 63-yard series He threw a third-&-1 pass to Grice-Mullin and then ran for 10 yards to the UNC 26. On the next play, he found Grice-Mullin with a 26-yard touchdown strike "It feels great to be back and the fans were awesome," Brennan said. "We had a great practice yesterday and knew in the hotel today that something felt right. I'm surrounded with a lot of veteran talent and that makes you better on offense and as a football player. They came out just like we had planned for. We were very prepared. I know that with our offensive line, they have a lot of motivation. I have a lot of trust in them." Record Watch-Brennan moved into a tie for sixth place on the NCAA career passing touchdown list with 99, sharing the spot with Matt Leinart of Southern California Brennan set or tied five new school records in the game, including completions in a quarter (19, the old record was 15 by three players, last by Timmy Chang vs. Fresno State in 2003); completions in a half (34, the old record of 29 was set by Timmy Chang vs. Fresno State in 2003); yards in a half (416, the old record was 389 by Colt in 2006 vs. Arizona State), and his four touchdowns in a quarter, tied with Nick Rolovich (2001 vs. BYU) and Timmy Chang (2004 vs. Idaho) His six touchdown passes in the first half tied a school record that Rolovich first set vs. Brigham Young in 2001.
Louisiana Tech Brennan set carrer highs, as he connected on 43-of-61 passes (70.5%), good for 548 yards, four touchdowns and an interception 25 of his completions resulted in first downs, with six of those throws gaining at least 20 yards each He converted 9-of-15 third-down plays and scored once on the ground, running for three first downs He saw seven of his passes deflected by the opposition At the start of the second quarter, Colt found Jason Rivers with a 47-yard flag pass and then converted a third-&-3 play into a 14-yard pass to C.J. Hawthorne. On third-&-2, Brennan ran for 8 yards to the Tech 15. A second-&-goal pass to Ryan Grice-Mullen for 3 yards got the ball to the Tech 3. On third-&-goal, the QB kept the ball and ran for a 3-yard score to end an 11-play, 99-yard drive On second-&-10 at the Hawaii 33, Brennan turned the ball over on a fumble (muffed handoff to tailback Leon Wright-Jackson) and Tech recovered it, setting up an 18-yard touchdown run by Daniel Porter midway through the second quarter, giving Louisiana Tech a 21-14 lead He made up for that miscue with a 64-yard scoring strike to Ryan Grice-Mullen, followed by a 17-yard touchdown toss to Grice-Mullen in the third quarter Davone Bess caught a 29-yard pass, as Brennan then ran for 6 yards before coming back to Bess with a 19-yard scoring pass that capped an 8-play, 86-yard fourth quarter drive With under six minutes in regulation, Brennan had a pass intercepted, but he tackled Marquise McBeth at the Hawaii 31 after a 16-yard return, as Tech would then score on a 1-yard plunge by Dennis Morris that gave the opponent a 38-35 lead with 3:01 left on the clock Brennan then led the team on a drive that ended with a field goal, forcing overtime, where he had a third-&-9 pass for 19 yards caught by Grice-Mullen to set up Brennan's first-&-goal 6-yard touchdown pass to Jason Rivers that gave Hawaii a 45-38 triumph Record Watch-His 548 yards passing were 11 yards from his own school mark of 559 set during last year's Hawaii Bowl vs. Arizona State Brennan moved into fifth place on the NCAA career touchdown passing list with 101 It marked the eighth time in his Hawaii career that Brennan threw for over 400 yards in a game He tied NCAA record for consecutive games with 200+ yards passing in a game (28) For the fourth time during the head coaching era of June Jones, three receivers recorded 100-plus receiving yards in the same game - Jason Rivers (176), Ryan Grice-Mullen (162) and Davone Bess (118).
Nevada-Las Vegas Hawaii ran its record to 3-0 on the season with a convincing 49-14 victory, as Brennan was responsible for five touchdowns - three rushing and two passing. The senior quarterback, who played only the first three quarters, threw for 298 yards, completing 26 of 32 passes, but saw his consecutive game streak of at least 300 yards passing snapped at fourteen contests He had thirteen first-down completions with six tosses for 20 yards or longer He ran for three first downs, had three passes deflected and converted 3-of-6 third-down plays A third-&-2 pass to Jason Rivers netted 11 yards and was downed at the UNLV 2. Two plays later, Brennan snuck into the end zone for a 1-yard score that ended a 67-yard, 11-play late first quarter series Early in the second quarter, he hit Davone Bess with a 29-yard sideline toss before firing a 41-yarder over the middle that was snatched by Kealoha Pilares at the UNLV 1. Brennan then ran the ball in from one yard out, finishing a 5-play, 82-yard drive Later in the second quarter, Brennan found Ryan Grice-Mullen with a third-&-10 pass for a 13-yard touchdown UH took the ball on its opening drive in the third quarter and went 73 yards in seven plays before Brennan ran the option right and plunged over from 3 yards to give Hawaii a 28-7 lead. In that series, Brennan completed an 11-yard pass to Leon Wright-Jackson to give him his 29th consecutive 200+ yard passing game, breaking the NCAA record. The old mark of 28 was held by Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury Hawaii added two more scores in the quarter, including a 2-yard lob from Brennan to Jason Rivers to finish an 88-yard, 10-play series.
Charleston Southern Did not play Was on crutches all week and received a painkiller injection due to his right ankle sprain and the coaches decided to hold him out of the game as a precautionary reason.
Idaho Brennan returned to the field vs. the Vandals, collecting 369 yards with three touchdowns on 30-of-49 chances, but he was also intercepted five times and sacked twice in a 48-20 victory Receiver Ryan Grice-Mullen caught 16 & 19-yard passes before Brennan hit his target with a third-&-11 toss for a 13-yard score on the team's game-opening drive The Warriors QB escaped the pass rush to connect with Malcolm Lane on a 41-yard touchdown toss at the start of the second quarter and on the next series, he hit Davone Bess with a 26-yarder before coming back to Bess with a 24-yard touchdown toss On four of his next five drives, Brennan was intercepted He made up for those miscues with a 1-yard scoring plunge on third-&-goal midway through the third frame, but was picked off for a fifth time on the first drive of the fourth quarter Record Watch-His five interceptions tied a school game-record, but he also extended his streak of tossing at least one touchdown in a game to 30, including 22 contests with at least two touchdowns.
Utah State Brennan gained 219 yards on 19-of-25 attempts (76.0%) with a touchdown, but left the game 0:52 before halftime and did not return after he re-injured his right ankle
His 38-yarder to Ryan Grice-Mullen set up a 1-yard scoring run by Kealoha Pilares midway through the first quarter He found Grice-Mullen with another 38-yarder and then threw a 22-yard touchdown to Davone Bess with 5:42 remaining in the first half A 3-yard lob to C.J. Hawthorne at the USU 37 was Brennan's final play of the game, as he limped to the sidelines and into the locker-room.
San Jose State Brennan rallied the Warriors to a 42-35 overtime victory, as he hit on 44-of-75 tosses for 545 yards and four touchdowns, but erratic throwing also resulted in four of his passes being intercepted and eight others getting deflected. He also fumbled twice and was sacked four times for minus 21 yards A fumble and an interception was all the Hawaii QB had to show for his first sixteen minutes of action, but he settled down to recover his own fumble near the goal line and then flip a 16-yard touchdown to Ryan Grice-Mullen on the next play Cornerback Dwight Lowery picked off a Brennan pass and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown at the start of the second half The QB was again intercepted twelve seconds later, but came back to hit Grice-Mullen with 20 & 13-yarders before throwing a 34-yard touchdown to C.J. Hawthorne Chris Owens then picked off a Brennan pass, but the passer returned to the field to flip an 11-yard scoring pass to Davone Bess to put Hawaii behind, 35-28 Brennan ran for a 2-yard touchdown with 0:31 left in regulation to force the contest into overtime Jason Rivers got into the act, grabbing Brennan's game-winning 9-yard score to give the Warriors a hard-fought 42-35 decision.
New Mexico State In a 50-13 triumph, Brennan became the school's career leader after throwing six touchdowns, giving him 119 to date. He completed 29 of 46 passes for 425 yards and was only picked off once, which came on Hawaii's first play from scrimmage
The Warriors marched back with a 65-yard drive that the QB capped with a 16-yard score to Jason Rivers Ryan Grice-Mullen followed with a 20-yard touchdown catch, but Brennan then turned the ball over on a fumble to start the second quarter Undaunted by his turnovers, he found Grice-Mullen with a 42-yard touchdown to end the first half In the third quarter, he fired a 23-yard touchdown to Davone Bess and Grice-Mullen then grabbed an 11-yard scoring lob The fourth quarter saw Brennan again connect with Bess, this time on a 12-yard score that ended an 11-play, 95-yard series After the game, head coach June Jones said, "I was obviously happy with the result, but we're going to have to play better the next few games. Colt was not at his best tonight, but six touchdowns are still pretty good. I hope the week off gets him and the team healthy and ready for Fresno."
Record Watch-With 119 touchdown passes, Brennan broke the old school career-record of 117 by Timmy Chang (200-04) His 119 scoring strikes are two shy of the Western Athletic Conference and NCAA 1-A record of 121 by Ty Detmer of Brigham Young (1988-91).
Fresno State Brennan completed 71.8% of his passes (28-of-39) for 396 yards, a pair of touchdowns and one interception, but he was forced to leave the game after a head-on collision on a 1-yard sack five minutes into the fourth quarter The team got on the score board early, as the QB uncorked a 67-yard touchdown bomb to Jason Rivers on the third play of the game He kept the ball on second-&-goal for a 3-yard touchdown and started off the second quarter with an NCAA-record-tying 5-yard touchdown to Davone Bess that ended an 80-yard, 10-play series His lost fumble led to a Fresno State touchdown with 0:41 left in the second quarter and he was intercepted in the end zone for a touchback with six minutes left in the third quarter Brennan would leave the game at the 10:43 mark in the fourth quarter after taking a head-on collision with FSU linebacker Marcus Riley. "I'm doing fine," Brennan said after the game. "I'd like to thank everyone for the support they gave out there. I'm looking forward to getting back on the field for next week's game against Nevada." "I'm glad we could get the win," head coach June Jones said. "We started off pretty good and then got ourselves in a football game. (Colt) is fine. He'll be ready for the next game." Record Watch-Brennan tied the NCAA Division 1-A record with 121 touchdown passes and 135 total touchdowns, equaling marks first set by Ty Detmer of Brigham Young (1988-91).
Nevada Because of his concussion, Brennan did not start the game, hitting on both pass attempts for 21 yards, but for the first time in his collegiate career, he did not throw a touchdown, snapping his string of 34 consecutive contests with at least one scoring toss.
Boise State Facing elite competition for the first time in 2007, Brennan guided the Warriors to a 39-27 triumph. He was successful on 40-of-53 passes, gaining 495 yards with five touchdowns and a pair of interceptions, extending the team's winning streak to a school record 12-0 record, as the Warriors captured the WAC title "I think we proved something tonight with all of the so-called experts who picked Boise to beat us," Brennan said. "It was a great win for us, the school and the state. The faith on this team is huge. We believe in ourselves." Brennan's first touchdown came on a 6-yard lob to Ryan Grice-Mullen, followed by the QB's 1-yard scoring run to start the second quarter He hit Davone Bess with a 23-yard touchdown toss and after fumbling on a 4-yard sack, Brennan returned in the second half to find Bess again with a 22-yard score On third-&-5, the Hawaii passer rolled out to find Jason Rivers with a 7-yard touchdown to cap a 10-play, 70-yard drive He then left the field at the end of the third quarter after connecting with C.J. Hawthorne with a 38-yard scoring strike Record Watch-Brennan became the sole record-holder of the NCAA's marks for touchdown passes (126) and total touchdowns (141), breaking his deadlock with Brigham Young's Ty Detmer.
Washington With their undefeated regular season slipping away, Brennan reached into his hat and pulled a rabbit out, rallying the warriors to a 35-28 decision, as he threw for 442 yards and five touchdowns on 42-of-50 chances (84.0%), on a day that the sold-out Aloha Stadium crowd watched the Warriors erase a 21-point first half deficit and score the game's final 28 points Four of Brennan's scoring strikes were caught by Jason Rivers, good for 7, 3, 13 and 40 yards His game-winning toss was a 5-yarder to Ryan Grice-Mullen with 0:44 left in the game "Coach Jones trusted me on that last call," Brennan said. "I told coach 'we got 'em' so I changed it to a pass play because I knew they were going to be in man. I've got the most talented receiving corps in the nation." Record Watch-Brennan completed his final 17 passes of the first half, breaking the UH record of 16 set by Jason Whieldon in 2003.
Georgia (Sugar Bowl) Brennan had his lowest career passing total as a starter, going 22-for-38 with 169 yards and three interceptions. He was sacked a season-high eight times as UH allowed eight sacks for the first time since the 2002 Hawaii Bowl vs. Tulane After getting sacked for a 4-yard loss just one minute into the final quarter, Brennan was pulled from the game, sitting on the sidelines as Hawaii suffered their only defeat for the season Record Watch-Brennan ends his career with the Warriors with 31 NCAA records held. He added two records to his list of accomplishments, breaking the NCAA record for career total offense per game (387.9) and career completion percentage (70.4).
All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report, earning second-team honors from Walter Camp and third-team accolades from the Associated Press First-team All-Western Athletic Conference and WAC Offensive Player of the Year Winner of the Sammy Baugh Award (nation's top passer) and was a finalist for the Davey O'Brien Award He finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting, as he led the nation in passing efficiency with a season-record 185.96 rating, also leading nationally in total offense (422.5 yards per game), points responsible for (27.71 per game), yards passing (5,549) and yards passing per game (396.36 yards per game) He went on to set 18 NCAA, 17 Western Athletic Conference and 41 school records during the 2006 campaign Earned National Player of the Week honors for his performance vs. Utah State Had the highest completion percentage (.726) of any other Division 1-A passer Completed 406-of-559 attempts for 5,549 yards, an NCAA season-record 58 touchdowns and 12 interceptions Finished second on the team with 86 carries for 366 yards (4.3-yard average) and five scores Participated in 645 plays, leading the nation with 5,915 yards in total offense Turned the ball over three times on seven fumbles and was sacked 26 times for losses of 135 yards Threw for at least five touchdowns in eight contests Fumbled seven times, turning the ball over three times.
|2006 Game Analysis|
Alabama Brennan opened the season with 30 of 44 passes for 350 yards, two scores and one interception Flipped a shovel pass to Reagan Mauia for a 16-yard score in the third quarter and hit Ryan Grice-Mullen with a 31-yard touchdown late in the final frame.
Nevada-Las Vegas Followed with two touchdowns and 296 yards on 24-of-35 attempts, lobbing 7-yard scores to both Ryan Grice-Mullen and Davone Bess, adding a 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Boise State Hit on 25-of-36 tries for 388 yards, five scores and only one interception
Davone Bess had touchdown catches of 18 and 14 yards, while Jason Rivers snatched 11 & 8-yard scoring tosses from Brennan.
Eastern Illinois Completed 30-of-41 throws for 409 yards and another five touchdowns, including 29- and 43-yarders to Ian Sample.
Nevada Brennan added 419 yards and four touchdowns on 36-of-47 attempts, as Ian Sample was the recipient of the QB's 17 & 63-yard scoring strikes The Warriors passer also ran for a 6-yard touchdown.
Fresno State The passer was successful on 32-of-39 chances (82.1%) for 409 yards and five touchdowns Davone Bess grabbed scoring tosses of 2 and 20 yards during Hawaii's 68-37 romp.
New Mexico State Colt delivered 22-of-31 throws for 330 yards and five touchdowns, including 34 and 36-yarders to Ross Dickerson.
Idaho Completed 31-of-38 passes (81.6%) for 333 yards and another five scores, including a 34-yarder to Ryan Grice-Mullen.
Utah State Brennan collected six touchdowns, as he hit on 18-of-29 attempts for 413 yards He had 29 and 18-yard scores to Ryan Grice-Mullen and 13 and 60-yarders to Nate Ilaoa as the offense generated 572 yards.
Louisiana Tech The quarterback was good for 406 yards and four touchdowns on 27-of-40 tosses, helping the team amass 618 yards.
San Jose State For the seventh time in his last nine games, Brennan had five scoring strikes, connecting on 28-of-39 chances (71.8%) for 402 yards His longest scoring toss was a 36-yarder to Chad Mock in the first quarter.
Purdue Followed with 33-of-48 attempts for 434 yards, three touchdowns and one interception Rallied the team to a 42-35 decision with a 23-yard scoring strike to Ian sample with 1:27 left in the game.
Oregon State Totaled 401 yards with two touchdowns on a season-high 37 pass completions of 50 tosses, but he was intercepted twice and sacked six times for minus 44 yards, as he also fumbled twice Also ran for a 4-yard score.
Arizona State (Hawaii Bowl) Closed out the season with 33-of-42 tosses (78.6%) for a career-high 559 yards and five touchdowns, including 38 & 79-yarders to Jason Rivers and 7 & 36 yards to Ryan Grice Mullen Record Watch-Brennan's five scoring strikes gave him 58 for the season, an NCAA Division 1-A record His 559 yards passing also set a new school game-record.
Played in 12 games, starting 10 Came off the bench vs. Southern California and San Diego State Set or tied 11 school records Led a unit that ranked second in the nation in passing (384.25 yards per game) and led the Division 1-A ranks in total offense (476.17 yards per game) Individually, he led the nation in total offense (371.25 ypg), points responsible for (19.17 ppg), yards passing (4,301) and yards passing per game (358.42 ypg) Connected on 350-of-515 passes (68.0%) for 4,301 yards, 35 touchdowns and 13 interceptions Gained 154 yards with a pair of scores on 99 carries and participated in 614 plays, gaining 4,455 yards in total offense Was sacked 35 times for losses totaling 208 yards.
Attended Saddleback (Cal.) Community College, appearing in nine games Ranked third in the California junior college ranks with an average of 19.7 pass completions per game and fourth in total offense (287.7 yards per game) Completed 177-of-259 attempts (68.3%) for 2,532 yards, 23 touchdowns and only four interceptions Rushed 66 times for 57 yards (0.9-yard average) and a score Participated in 325 plays, totaling 2,589 yards.
Redshirted in his only season at the University of Colorado.
2002: Missed two games during his prep season at Worcester Academy with a finger fracture.
Campus: 4.71 in the 40-yard dash 32 5/8-inch arm length 9 3/8-inch hands.
Was arrested in January 2004 by Colorado campus police after he entered a co-ed's room while intoxicated and allegedly exposed himself and fondled the woman. He pleaded guilty to charges of trespassing and burglary, but a guilty verdict for unlawful sexual contact was vacated by the court for lack of evidence. Brennan was dismissed from the university due to the incident.
Attended Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Cal.) High School, where he earned three letters in football and one in basketball The team's MVP in 2001, Brennan added All-League first-team gridiron honors Led the squad to a 9-5 record his final year, completing more than 68% of his passes with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions, adding 200 yards and four scores on the ground The team went 11-2 his junior year and 9-1 during his sophomore campaign, when he led the team to the CIF championship with a win over powerhouse DeLaSalle High After his senior year, he was invited to play in the County All-Star Game Lettered as a forward on the basketball team as a senior, as the squad captured the CIF title.
Communications major Son of Betsy and Terry Brennan Cousin, Brent Brennan, is an assistant coach at San Jose State and was a wide receiver at UCLA (1991-95) Brent's father, Steve, played at San Jose State in 1967 Born 8/16/83 in Laguna Beach, California Resides in Irvine, California.