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Colt Brennan signs with CFL team

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:53 p.m. HST, Feb 28, 2012

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).

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kainalu wrote:
If only he would have done that from the beginning, otherwise declared after his Junior season. He would have had more opportunity to latch on with an NFL team had he come out after his Junior season, where he surely would have been drafted high enough for the team to afford him that opportunity. Otherwise, I'm glad to see him back somewhere - anywhere! Good luck, Colt!
on February 28,2012 | 11:30AM
jkjones wrote:
totally agree with kainalu. Colt should have gone the CFL route like so many other successful nfl QBs. from the get go, Colt was doomed, no matter how well he performed in his inaugural nfl preseason. Wrong team, wrong coach....if colt has maintained his skills, he will succeed.....best wishes to Colt Brennan.
on February 28,2012 | 12:55PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
I would have been a super hard choice to shoot for the moon when the stars were shining so bright. Oh well, go kick okole in Canada Colt.
on February 28,2012 | 02:29PM
chstephie wrote:
He is going to freeze his okole off in Saskatchewan brrr :>
on February 28,2012 | 10:21PM
frontman wrote:
Hope they have a good cleaning crew for the time he pukes on the field then fades into the dust.
on February 28,2012 | 04:15PM
summer43 wrote:
Good luck Colt. We love you. Hope to hear more about you...
on February 28,2012 | 11:42AM
squidman22 wrote:
Don't squander this yet again "second chance". Concentrate on your football. Don't be influenced or be around the wrong people or wrong places. I know you know Colt, but its easy to get sidetracked in life. I want you to succeed and wish you the best. No matter what anyone says, you'll always be Hawaii's hanai son.
on February 28,2012 | 11:48AM
entrkn wrote:
Everyone in Hawaii is pulling for you Colt.
on February 28,2012 | 11:51AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Actually, most of us could not care less. Yesterday's news. Say, where is that Timmy Chang phenom these days?
on February 28,2012 | 03:03PM
Manapua_Man wrote:
I guess when people have low self esteem about themselves... they feel it necessary to make negative remarks about others. Get off the sofa and eat a salad.
on February 28,2012 | 06:23PM
Halemaumau wrote:
Mahalo for that Manapua Man... right on man.
on February 28,2012 | 07:36PM
Mach2 wrote:
ok - EXCEPT - the negligent homicide he was involved in and never did the right thing on the BI - bacci on you Colt
on February 28,2012 | 09:27PM
allie wrote:
No one here cares hon.
on February 29,2012 | 01:06PM
onikai wrote:
He is and will always be remembered fondly as a great player from Hawaii!! Great News!!
on February 28,2012 | 12:21PM
Fred01 wrote:
Has anyone else ever been to Regina? Poor Colt. It is the absolute opposite of Hawaii.
on February 28,2012 | 12:56PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
I've been there in the dead of winter. It's just like North Dakota...just not as warm.
on February 28,2012 | 01:43PM
allie wrote:
I am from ND. It is cold but we have warm hearts
on February 29,2012 | 01:05PM
dalawyer wrote:
Better practice throwing a frozen pigskin around Colt! Regina is brutal during the winter! Best wishes on your pursuit!
on February 28,2012 | 01:15PM
fairgame947 wrote:
TERRIFIC! Now with Chad, Solly, Adam and other great UH players in the CFL Hawaii fans will have to pay even more attention to the CFL. GO Warriors!!! Great News!
on February 28,2012 | 02:49PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Good Luck Colt. Stay Clean and Stay Focused. Whatever Happened to Timmy Chang? Where is He Now?
on February 28,2012 | 04:10PM
64hoo wrote:
he's probally delivering pizza with bryant moniz.
on February 28,2012 | 04:28PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
This is great news. Here's hoping Colt takes the CFL by storm.
on February 28,2012 | 04:19PM
Nakoafan wrote:
A great opportunity! Go get 'em Colt!
on February 28,2012 | 04:53PM
RKC808 wrote:
I really want Colt Brennan to do good. He brought Hawaii Football up to a level never achieved before. I dont think the NFL gave him a fair chance to make it. He is better than some of the quarterbacks currently in the NFL. Luck was not on his side I guess. I definitely will be following him in his new CFL career.
on February 28,2012 | 05:26PM
allie wrote:
he won't
on February 29,2012 | 01:06PM
HIBF4711 wrote:
Why is this news? Good for the Colt-Meister and all that but why is this news worthy? He is always getting into some kind of trouble...Colt, dump the little minx and get your life straightened out....maybe join the marines and kick some Taliban but...
on February 28,2012 | 09:20PM
Mach2 wrote:
he is remembered as a man who did not own up to his responsiblity w/ Ms. Stream for that crash on the Big Island that so severly injured an innocent person - was she texting? on the phone? drunk? asleep? that is negligent homicide and there should have been more accountability - bacci on you Colt!
on February 28,2012 | 09:25PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
"Negligent homicide"? Who exactly was killed? Would you have Colt prosecuted for the heretofore unknown crime of riding in the passenger seat while the driver gets into an accident?
on February 29,2012 | 11:01AM
allie wrote:
very true
on February 29,2012 | 01:04PM
niimi wrote:
Colt was a great QB at UH; however, he seemed far from humble. He talked too much. And he talked too much while in the NFL.
on February 28,2012 | 09:44PM
Mach2 wrote:
yeah - did you see the senior bowl that year? remember the sugah bowl? oh well.... he needs to own up to what happened in that accident that permanently changed the victim's life
on February 28,2012 | 09:54PM
Mach2 wrote:
remember the sugah bowl....
on February 28,2012 | 09:56PM
kennie1933 wrote:
If Colt did not return for his senior season, there would not even BE a Sugar Bowl for UH. Yes, we lost, but we can say we made it to a BCS game. There are a lot of teams who cannot say the same. He scarificed what would have been a better move (leave after junior season) to take UH to an undefeated regular season. Oh by the way, the Japanese word (romanized) is BACHI.
on February 28,2012 | 11:20PM
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