Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Non-AQ Top 25 Players: No. 15
By Andrea Adelson
System quarterbacks are always the source of much debate. We heard all about whether Case Keenum deserved mention in the Heisman race because of the system he plays. We heard the same arguments about Hawaii quarterbacks Timmy Chang and Colt Brennan. So it should come as no surprise that one of the same knocks has been held against this player. Still, there is no denying what he accomplished in 2010.
Hawaii quarterback Bryant Moniz led the nation with 5,040 passing yards.
The former walk-onpizza delivery guy turned in one of the best seasons in school history. Sure he plays in a pass-happy system, but you still have to be able to make the throws, and he was plenty capable despite his awkward delivery. Moniz passed for a nation-leading 5,040 yards, second on the school single-season list behind Brennan’s 5,549 in 2006. Moniz also ranked No. 1 in the nation in total offense (367.3 yards per game), passing touchdowns (39) and passing yards per game (360), while completing 65 percent of his passes. A miserable performance in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, in which he threw four interceptions, forced me to keep him in this spot. Still, Moniz helped the Warriors win a share of the WAC and make it back to a bowl game. His story is pretty remarkable when you consider he was No. 6 on the depth chart when he walked onto the team in January 2009.