University of Hawaii quarterback Beau Reilly is transferring to Texas A&M-Kingsville.
Reilly, who is taking final exams this week, his wife and their 14-month-old son will be moving on Thursday. They were celebrated in an emotional church service on Sunday.
“I’m happy for him,” UH head coach Nick Rolovich said. “I think he’s going to get an opportunity to play.”
Reilly initially signed with Colorado State in 2011. But he went on a church mission, then transferred to UH in 2014. He redshirted that year, although he was considered the No. 2 quarterback at the end of that season. He also finished as the No. 2 quarterback in 2015 despite not playing in a game.
Reilly, Ikaika Woolsey, and Aaron Zwahlen were the only scholarship quarterbacks in spring training the past April. In training camp, Reilly was told he would not be in the quarterback rotation. But Rolovich kept Reilly with the top offense as a player/mentor.
“He was a good mentor for the younger quarterbacks,” Rolovich said. “He handled it in a real positive way.”
Zwahlen said Reilly is “a student of the game and a great teacher of the game.” Zwahlen added that Reilly was helpful “on the field and off the field. He taught me a lot about life.”
Slotback Dylan Collie and his wife live in the same apartment complex as the Reillys.
“He was one of the greatest teammates simply because he cared enough,” Collie said. “Even though he knew he wasn’t going to play, he still put in every single effort needed to mentally be there. He’s, hands down, one of the smartest guys when it comes to football. He’s got a very high IQ. His ability to be able to help the quarterbacks with just simply reading and understanding defenses, you can’t replace that. He’s going to be a phenomenal football coach one day. I love Beau, and I’m going to miss him like crazy.”
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