Hawaii QB Chevan Cordeiro wins Mountain West award

Chevan Cordeiro, a second-year freshman, was named winner of the Mountain West's top offensive player of the week. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

Chevan Cordeiro today was named the Mountain West’s offensive player of the week following a breakout performance in UH’s 42-40 victory over San Jose State.

In his first start of the season, Cordeiro accounted for five touchdowns — three passing, two rushing — to tie the league’s freshman record.

Cordeiro completed 23 of 31 passes, and was neither intercepted nor sacked. He also gained 55 yards on the ground.

Cordeiro is the fourth Warrior to win the honor this season, following quarterback Cole McDonald, right wideout JoJo Ward and right slotback Cedric Byrd.


  1. Warrior Lifer November 11, 2019 7:31 am

    Well deserved. Happy to see Cordeiro succeed, and good to see McDonald still supporting him. Having two quality starting QBs on the same team is definitely a good problem to have.

  2. Maddog50 November 11, 2019 8:15 am

    Congrats young Warrior. Well deserved! Regarding this week I can only hope we can return a few injured to the field. If not this week surely next. After watching this past game 3X you can tell more than a couple defenders are playing hurt. I hope we can heal up for this game. GoWarriors!!!!!

  3. Chicken Grease November 11, 2019 9:05 am

    That award took just about no time to decide. And it is justified.

    EVEN through the Spectrum broadcast, you heard accolades given at machine gun speed. Rich Miano eloquently succinctly stating that Cordeiro “is a freshman but doesn’t play like a freshman.” Rob DeMello at the end of the game according/querying the “it” factor to Che7an.

    Alone, McD was taking that second after the that doesn’t exist for Cordeiro.

    And we have a quarterback controversy?!

    I wish decision-making were as easy in my job than it is for Coach Rolo’s apparent “toughest decision in” his coaching career. Please.

    Che7an. From God.

  4. sackkabooya November 11, 2019 9:31 am

    Chevan was fantastic in his decision making. He has a good feel as to when to run, looked really poised and appeared to have gained the”faith” from his offensive guys. Unreal trust in each other. But As opponents get more film on him the ability to perform as he did Saturday may diminish. There is going to be some “downs” to go with the “ups” ahead. I hope the coaching staff continues to evolve this offense (designed runs work after all) because there are lots of playmakers ready to step up and help him.

    I the mean time Cole has to look at the way Chevan ran when the progressions were covered. There is the same amount of space for him as well. No need to force into triple coverage. Just run. I would rather tackle Chevan (if I could catch him) than Cole. Cole’s running should set up his passing (like at New Mexico). Rolovich and Stutzmann should encourage this. Trust the run game (like at Nevada) too. Two QB (two totally different methods) system will be unreal, I cant wait to see what’s next. Evolution. Can do. Awesome.

  5. sackkabooya November 11, 2019 9:55 am

    Now that the offense has the ability to rotate O-linemen in and out (like the defense does keeping them “fresh”) there may be better running play capabilities moving forward. Extend drives . Keep that defense off the field as much as you can. Holly has to get in the mix as well. Run hard. Keep Reed (each other) fresh too. Receivers too.

    In the mean time Batoon need to figure out a way to bring more pressure and help out his DB’s. I thought the SJSU QB’s passes weren’t that “hard”. Kind of soft (but with touch) actually. Just their timing was unreal. Like Air Force’s run game. Unreal timing. But it looked like could have been disrupted with pressure (their O-line and even RB do protect real good) disguised here and there. Any way you can help the back end will be needed. This defense isn’t as bad as it looks. I seen them in synch earlier this season. Just have to find it and get it back. Trust each other (Defensive coaches and players). Can do.

  6. H-Man November 11, 2019 10:39 am

    Not saying the defense doesn’t need improvement, but in the SJS game, the defense put pressure on QB Love. He just doesn’t panic and gets the ball off to his receivers quickly and accurately. What disappointed me about the defense was how SJS’s runners could run for 4 to 8 yards after being hit at the line, but looked to just have physical superiority in breaking tackles and pushing our guys around. That was disappointing. But as Maddog pointes out, players are playing hurt this time of the season. Just hoping the DC and his team finds a solution to slow down the opponents’ runners.

  7. H-Man November 11, 2019 10:45 am

    I agree with CG. It was not a tough decision to start Chevan. As CG put it, “please” (give me a break). Head coaches make these kinds of decisions all the time. It goes with the turf of a HC or the head of any organization for that matter.

  8. Andrew November 11, 2019 11:05 am

    UH is going to need both Cordeiro and McDonald going forward. Even if Cordeiro is the starting QB going forward, there may be a game coming up that Cordeiro may be off his game, and McDonald will need to come in for relief and maybe he’ll be the comeback hero. The defense is struggling and the recipe to win is pretty much score on as many drives as possible and just hope we have more points in the end. The offense can’t really afford to come up empty on too many drives and expect to win.

  9. NotNasti November 11, 2019 11:19 am

    Unless we find some answers on Defense, EVERY game will be a struggle, no matter who is playing QB. Think about this, if we punted once, we would have lost the game. SJSU scored on every single one of their possessions. Injuries, yes. We need some guys back. Vega, Hicks, Picanco . . . you name it.

  10. Inyoface November 11, 2019 11:37 am

    Jeremy Moussa is setting records at San Bernardino.

  11. Andrew November 11, 2019 11:57 am

    Now that I think about it, at least the defense held SJSU to FGs on several drives rather than all TDs. SJSU also does have a good offense, who also scored 40 on Boise State. Hopefully they can have a better outing against UNV. This losing streak in Vegas needs to end

  12. seewhy November 11, 2019 12:22 pm

    Congratulations Chevan!! 🤙🏽

  13. Kawika November 11, 2019 1:06 pm

    Well done and deserved, Chevan! What a problem to have two capable QBs!

    On another note; you DON’T boo college student-athletes! Classless!! Locals regard UH as their NFL team and think it is okay to do.

  14. Kawika November 11, 2019 1:10 pm

    This former UH assistant was not well liked by local fans.


    Same for another assistant by the name of Paul Johnson.

  15. NotNasti November 11, 2019 1:52 pm

    11. Except that we have a history of making the opposing team’s RB and QB look like Heisman candidates.

    13. I never boo the players, or coaches. I know that they are playing their hearts out. Now the Zebras, that’s another story.

  16. Aiea 7 November 11, 2019 2:36 pm

    rolo gives praise for smith’s play calling indicating this was one of the reasons for the victory over SJ. actually not really, it is the execution of the play by the players that make for winning. give credit where credit is due. based on analysis, you can call the best play but if it is not executed than it is a failure. but no matter what play is called if the execution is successful the result will be a gain. hence the execution of whatever play is called, is the most important part of the win. good players make good coaches, but good coaches hardly makes for good players.

  17. Tempmanoa November 11, 2019 2:49 pm

    For the last few games, I thought that Cole lost his passing touch which killed his accuracy, release, and timing. Same happened last year when he got hurt with his groin problem. That may be his problem again. But I always thought that Cordeiro’s release, accuracy, his throwing arm mechanics, and his vision for the field was better than Cole’s— Cole had size, experience, and speed. I would say Cordeiro starts for now— his to keep until he loses it and Cole wins it back.

  18. sackkabooya November 11, 2019 2:50 pm

    With Vega unavailable I wonder if defense can borrow Sunia. Could use him just like o lineman. Pass block for Muasau and keep him clean. And run block for Scott and give holes to blitz through. Would also let Taala move around a little as one gap DT too.

  19. Jeezy33 November 11, 2019 4:00 pm

    Chevan has a chance to be special… all time great potential is he stays 5 years.

  20. suspense November 11, 2019 4:49 pm


  21. cappie the $2000 dog November 11, 2019 4:55 pm

    at unlv reminds me so much of at air force in men’s basketball. it looks easy, and then the game starts, and it all goes to hell. i like cole mcdonald a lot. he threw four interceptions in the season opener but he got the “w”, and got the team off to a surprising start. i think cordero has an “it” factor and i’ll be surprised if they lose to the rebels.

  22. Maddog50 November 11, 2019 5:59 pm

    Cole McDonald is far from over as far as starts. This change is the product of competition and what is needed or needs to be avoided at the time. Cole is right in the thick of it and I believe will remain so. Both very capable with different yet effective skill sets. I just want to beat UNLV so it matters not all the other noise-

  23. Duster November 11, 2019 6:13 pm

    Switching gears, we are another opponent’s homecoming patsy: https://unlvrebels.com/news/2019/11/11/football-hawai-i-here-for-homecoming-saturday-afternoon.aspx?path=football

    Bulletin board material for the fourth time. No taking the foot off the gas pedal this time.

  24. Duster November 11, 2019 6:15 pm

    And yes, congrats to Chevan!

  25. Da Punchbowl Kid November 11, 2019 6:46 pm

    Good for Chevan! How many teams can say that they have TWO QB POWs? It would be interesting to see them both on the field.

  26. THE burro sabio November 11, 2019 6:51 pm

    Pu-lease! Easy for the chirping individuals who don’t have $425,000 and the actual responsibility to make a decision on the line.

  27. Matt November 11, 2019 7:15 pm

    First of all, congrats to Chevan for leading a heroic (and complete) game against the Spartans. It could have seemed lost in terms of hope, but for them to get this win and still be in the tournament race made things much better. But on another note, umm…

    It’s safe to say that UNLV hasn’t been the same team that Sanchez probably would have wanted to see, given the progression prior when Rolo first came to Hawaii. But this year, his team is pretty much is hitting the bottom of the barrel. UNLV against conference foes fork over 228 rushing yards per game and 223.4 passing yards per game. Safe to say that Hawaii could pretty much play havoc with the passing game because they average over 400 yards on that statistic (416 passing yards per game). Now, Hawaii, their last 3 matches, they scored 616 yards rushing (205.3 yards ppg), which emphasizes that they’re making progress with the run game. So that’s the good news. Bad news…do they have enough to winnow down UNLV in Las Vegas despite the passing game numbers? Could be seeing another gritty down-to-the-wire game, and hope that Fresno State can upset San Diego State for us to get that chance if we win.

  28. tom-warriornation November 11, 2019 7:37 pm

    Not too late to get tickets for this Sat’s game in Vegas (I can email to you):

    Come join our Road Warrior group at UNLV on Nov 16; and sit with other UH fans and families of our current players at the 25-50 yard line right behind our beloved Warriors; with the families of QB #13 Cole McDonald, RB #26 Miles Reed, WR #3 Jason-Matthew Sharsh, OL #74 Gene Pryor, LB #12 Kanai Picanco, DE #48 Derek Thomas, P #36 Ben Scruton, WR #87 Rob Funkhouser, KR #11 Justice Augafa, QB #16 Zach Daniel, etc. And let’s spoil their homecoming like we did at Reno!

    Our group is now 800+; and come join our free tailgate; and meet your fellow diehard fans and former players like Greg Cummins, Kody Afusia, David Toloumu, Nicky Clark, Gary Allen, Dave Mutter (maddog), Rick White, Greg McElroy (son is famous ESPN sports anchor), Marc Reno, Eddie Gallegos, Sam Carroll.

    Email me: tomkitaguchi@yahoo.com

  29. UH Fan from Hauula November 11, 2019 9:32 pm

    Great Game for Chevan! Coach should utilize him more. Both Cole and Chevan can make it happen. Best Wishes for the rest of the Season

  30. kalua pig November 11, 2019 9:52 pm

    if penei pavihi could come back from his injury,he can play up to four games and redshirt.

  31. Maddog50 November 12, 2019 3:16 am

    UNLV is gonna come after the Qb and gamble on defense. On Offense they are gonna run run run trying to keep us off the field. They are at times very physical and “chirpy” No time for dumb penalties or taking plays off. The arm tackles won’t come close to stopping these guys. They have nothing to lose and will play loose and hard. All are guys need to do is remember who they are and why they play this one. All on the line, winning record overall and conference bowl bid and righting the wrongs of the losses at Sam Boyd-GoWarriors

  32. H-Man November 12, 2019 11:26 am

    I think it will be mistake if UNLV goes after Cordeiro, We’ll find out on Saturday. But it’s our defense thati’s a concern. Something I didn’t expect since there were so many returning D players, especially at LB. I also thought the D-line was solid. Hasn’t been the case in defending the run. I see them playing real hard, but……so go figure.

  33. sackkabooya November 12, 2019 1:11 pm

    The defense is not as bad as it looks. The “sum of the parts” don’t really add up. Some of it is technique. Just terrible at finishing tackles most/all of them, especially second level but across the D-line too (Vega and Williams on video). But not vs Nevada (I would say second half OSU too kind of) so they have the ability.

    Mautautia was a great finisher that day. Pritchard was physical too. Pass rush was synched with coverage which allowed Okeke to play side to side. Hicks was beast and D-line controlled the line of scrimmage. They have the ability to do this consistently I think. Just the coaching has to encourage this. Attack with Scott. Use your hands in the box. Play angry. Control the line of scrimmage. Disrupt with pressure. And make a big play or two every series. Can do.

  34. Inyoface November 13, 2019 11:19 am

    Hopefully San Diego can beat Fresno. Even though they are favored you can never underestimate Fresno.

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