A 2020 Hawaii football team leader spoke about his outlook for the program on Wednesday afternoon.
Todd Graham? Sure. He was all over the news.
But presumptive 2020 starting quarterback Chevan Cordeiro also lent his voice in a 1-on-1 interview with Hawaii Warrior World as he came off the Clarence T.C. Athletics Complex practice field from a workout with teammates.
Cordeiro, who will be a third-year sophomore in the fall, connected with Graham almost immediately. He actually took the initiative, sending the new coach a welcoming text message shortly after the announcement of his hire on Tuesday night.
Wednesday morning, Graham spoke to the team.
“I mean, shoot, it was crazy. He came in, he was real motivational, he just told us about his past,” Cordeiro said. “He has strong faith. It was real motivational. Everyone was quiet, just staring at him. He really got our attention. I mean, we’re all bought in. We all know our one goal is winning the Mountain West championship and … we have a strong connection with each other. We’re like brothers and I mean, we got one goal.”
Graham, for his part, seemed just as receptive to work with Cordeiro, whom he saw at least once last season during the Saint Louis product’s stints spelling starter Cole McDonald.
New #HawaiiFB head coach on returning quarterback Chevan Cordeiro:
“I like him a lot. He’s the first guy I called.” pic.twitter.com/51haZWHZj8
— Hawaii Warrior World (@hawaiiwworld) January 23, 2020
For more on Cordeiro’s thoughts, check Thursday’s print edition of the Star-Advertiser.