Former University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan was feeling better and was alert yesterday at The Queen’s Medical Center, a family spokeswoman said.
The hospital issued a brief statement that Brennan was listed in stable condition yesterday; he had been in serious condition on Friday.
However, a family member yesterday said Brennan suffered a broken cheekbone, a broken orbital and a punctured lung in addition to broken ribs and a broken clavicle. He did not suffer a back injury, the family spokeswoman said yesterday.
Brennan and two others were injured Friday morning in a two-vehicle collision in West Hawaii.
Police on Friday said Brennan was a passenger in an SUV driven by Shakti Stream, 27, his girlfriend and a Kona resident. The SUV was traveling north on Queen Kaahumanu Highway near the 90-mile marker when it crossed the center line and collided with a oncoming Saab sedan driven by a 47-year-old Waikoloa woman.
Both women were in serious condition Friday, the Associated Press said. There was no update on their conditions today.
A Hawaii County police officer yesterday said the cause of the accident remained under investigation and did not provide additional details of the crash.
Brennan’s parents, Terry and Betsy, arrived in Honolulu about 1 p.m. yesterday from their home in Irvine, Calif.
Terry Brennan said today that his son’s "head issues are favorable." Doctors had examined him for possible head injuries.
Another family member in town is cousin Brent Brennan, a wide receivers coach for the San Jose State football team, which played UH last night at Aloha Stadium.
Colt Brennan enjoyed a storybook career with the Warriors, choosing to return to UH for his senior season rather than enter the NFL Draft.
He led the Warriors to a 12-0 regular season in 2007 and a Sugar Bowl appearance, UH’s first Bowl Championship Series invitation, against Georgia. He also finished third in Heisman Trophy voting.
Brennan was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
During a brief career in which he never threw a pass in a regulation game, Brennan had four surgeries, including a hip operation that forced him to miss the entire 2009 season. He was released before the start of training camp this summer.
Brennan then signed with the Oakland Raiders, lasting through the preseason before being cut.