Former University of Hawaii star quarterback Colt Brennan has signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League, the team announced Tuesday.
The team also signed quarterback Drew Willy, who spent time with four NFL teams and one season with the UFL’s Las Vegas Locomotives.
The Roughriders listed Brennan and Willy as import players. In the CFL, each team is allowed by have 46 players on its active roster, 42 for game days. Three of the 42 are quarterbacks and can be either imports or non-imports. Of the remaining 39, no more than 19 may be imports.
Saskatchewan lists two quarterbacks on its current roster — Cole Bergquist, who played for Montana, and Darian Durant, who played for North Carolina.
Brennan joins another former UH standout who couldn’t stick with an NFL team. Chad Owens, a star receiver and kick returner who was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars, was named the most outstanding special teams player in the Canadian Football League for the 2010 season.
After a stellar career at UH, where he led the Warriors to the Sugar Bowl after the 2007 season and was a Heisman Trophy finalist, Brennan was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL draft. He started strong, completing 36 of 53 passes for 411 yards and three touchdowns.
But he was placed on injured reserve because of hamstring and hip injuries. In 2010, the Redskins traded for quarterback John Beck and later released Brennan in August. Brennan was picked up by Oakland, which also cut him.
In June 2011, Brennan signed with the Hartford Colonials in the United Football League for the 2011 season. But the league suspended operations of the Colonials a few months later and Brennan was not selected by any of the four remaining UFL teams in a dispersal draft.
While at UH, Brennan broke numerous records, including the NCAA Division I record for most touchdown passes in a single season with 58 and an NCAA record for highest pass completion percentage (70.4 percent).