Hawaii football has been known for having some good football players. There have been many football players who contributed to Hawaii’s success in the past. Some players get highlighted more than others. Hawaii is currently going through a rough season. Rainbow warrior fans need some positivity during these hard times. Additionally, fans need to be reminded of the good times Hawaii football experienced. I have decided to highlight five Hawaii football players who made a significant impact on the gridiron. Read and enjoy.
Hawaii football coach Timmy Chang comes in at number one on the list. Timmy Chang was the heart and soul of June Junes run and shoot offense. Chang finished his career with 17,072 passing yards and 16,910 yards of total offense. Chang also threw 117 touchdown passes. Hawaii to three straight bowl games and threw for 4,000 passing yards three times. Former Hawaii wide receiver Jason Rivers called Chang a magician because of his play.
Chang has been celebrated by Hawaii football fans because of his play. Hawaii football was on top when Chang was under center.
Colt Brennan was another decorated Hawaii football quarterback. Brennan passed for 131 touchdowns while playing for Hawaii. Brennan also had a record-breaking season in 2006. Brennan passed for 5,549 yards, threw a whopping 58 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. He also played under June Jones and ran the run-and-shoot offense. The Rainbow Warriors went 7-1 in 2006 and made an appearance in a bowl game.
Sadly, Brennan passed away and didn’t get a chance to continue his football career. Nevertheless, Brennan is not forgotten. Fans, coaches, and players will always remember the impact he had.
Greg Salas was one of Hawaii’s best-skill players. Salas was named first-team All-Wac for his outstanding season in 2009. Salas recorded 106 catches, had 1,590 receiving yards, and scored eight touchdowns. He broke Hawaii’s single-season record with 119 receptions. Salas also recorded 1,889 receiving yards during his senior season.
After leaving Hawaii Salas spent six seasons in the NFL. Salas played for multiple teams and continued his football career.
Jason River was another highly decorated receiver for Hawaii’s football program. Rivers recorded 224 catches, 3,325 receiving yards, and scored 30 touchdowns. He played a significant role in Hawaii’s run-and-shoot offense. Rivers and Chang formed a dynamic quarterback-wide receiver duo.
Offensive linemen are only recognized when they are called for penalties. Vince Manuwai was a great offensive lineman for Hawaii football. Manuwai started 35 games for the Rainbow Warriors and was named second-team all WAC in 2001.
Manuwai continued to play in the NFL. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 3rd round of the 2003 draft. In 2006 Manuwai helped the Jaguars rush for 2,541 yards. He was a vital part of the Jaguar’s offense and was a great football player.
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