Warrior Beat: Maxwell Award is watching McDonald

Quarterback Cole McDonald has been added to the watch list for Maxwell Award as the nation's best college football player. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

Quarterback Cole McDonald has been added to the watch list for the Maxwell Award.

The award, which has been presented since 1937, goes to college football’s most outstanding player.

“That’s cool, I guess,” McDonald said. “I don’t know much about it. I don’t really look at awards. I focus on the team. I focus on the game.”

This season, McDonald has completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,100 yards and 24 TDs. He has been intercepted twice in 240 pass attempts.

“Stats don’t mean anything,” McDonald said. “The awards will come as long as the team is winning.”

The Warriors are 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the Mountain West heading into Saturday’s nonconference road game against Brigham Young. The Warriors are scheduled to depart today.

“Quarterback is such a glorified position,” McDonald said. “It’s based on how everyone else is around you. If the O-line’s not good, I’m not going to have time to throw. If the receivers can’t get open, I have nobody to throw to. It’s just a testament to the team and how gifted and good these guys are around me, and how good they make each other and myself.”


  1. ai-eee-soos October 10, 2018 12:20 pm


    BEAT the byu PUDDY CATS !!!

  2. ai-eee-soos October 10, 2018 12:23 pm

    Right ON, Cole.

    “I focus on the team. I focus on the game.”

  3. Andrew October 10, 2018 12:23 pm

    Perfect game to make a statement with the spotlight on ESPN2.

  4. SteveM October 10, 2018 12:41 pm

    “…If the O-line’s not good, I’m not going to have time to throw. If the receivers can’t get open, I have nobody to throw to….”

    Well said, Cole McDonald!

    Maybe add: “If the running backs can’t run, I’m gonna get blitzed every play”.

  5. turfwar October 10, 2018 12:53 pm

    Well said Cole!

  6. H-Man October 10, 2018 1:19 pm

    But even if the O-line blocks, receivers get open, running back does his job, the QB still must be able to execute the play, go through progressions and deliver the ball accurately on target. Yes its a team effort for success, but the QB has the key role. Then add leadership too. Cole can do all this. Well, most of the time because it’s hard. Cole is being modest for the good of the team.

  7. Andrew October 10, 2018 3:54 pm

    Hopefully the feeling of sitting out a week and watching from the sidelines really lit a fire under him and the offense comes out with it’s best performance of the season yet.

  8. Da Punchbowl Kid October 10, 2018 4:55 pm

    His words are award worthy. Keep doin’ it Cole!

  9. kalua pig October 10, 2018 5:41 pm

    beat byu.

  10. burro sabio October 10, 2018 6:40 pm

    Beat the cougars and swat the roach.

  11. WaWa October 10, 2018 7:11 pm

    I think I’ve seen it here before, if anyone can help me. How would a UH Alumnus get tickets in the UH section for the BYU FB game? I live in Utah. Thank you-

  12. azwarrior22 October 10, 2018 7:28 pm

    Ask Tom-Warrior-Nation. He often posts here and get tickets for all road games.

  13. winning October 10, 2018 8:28 pm

    Furuta needs to two hand the ball when going thru traffic. Defenders are going after the ball. He has short arms, no can help.

  14. cappie the dog October 10, 2018 9:36 pm

    It’s a non-conference game.

    Why not give Cole McDonald an extra week to heal?

    If Hawaii was undefeated, it’s possible that they’d be ranked, and on the fringe of being in the “Group of Five” conversation.

    But they’re 6-1.

    The real prize is winning the MWC West.

    I hope this is gamesmanship.

    I hope Coach Rolovich is bluffing.

    As BYU prepares for Cole, in actuality, Cordero puts on his helmet at game time.

    The true freshman should be brimming with confidence after his show-stopping game-winning touchdown.

    I think Cordero will get off to a faster start.


    All dead.

  15. cappie the dog October 10, 2018 9:45 pm

    New Elvis Costello album out on Friday; his first since 2012.

    I wish he’d return to Hawaii and perform a set list of rock songs.

    His 2007 performance was jarring.

    I own all his albums, but his performance with the Honolulu Symphony was putting me to sleep.

  16. burro sabio October 10, 2018 10:08 pm

    Cappie, the only way to keep Cole from playing is to leave him home. Gamers want to be on the field.

  17. suckkabooya October 10, 2018 10:10 pm

    Corderio will be identical to Milton in three years. Moussa (though I haven’t seen him play yet) seems similar (identical?) to Taamu from what I understand. Best tandem in the country in three years. Awesome.

  18. Tom-warriornation October 10, 2018 10:12 pm

    Wawa: email me: tomkitaguchi@yahoo.com

    Congrats Cole, well said!

  19. Tom-warriornation October 10, 2018 10:15 pm

    Come join your fellow Hawaii fans to support our team at Fresno and SDSU with great seats behind our Warrior bench. Text 415-324-0585.

  20. Akamai Okole October 11, 2018 12:39 am

    Great Evening All!

    Lotsa 1st Amendment Exercisin’ going on ’round here…


  21. Akamai Okole October 11, 2018 12:40 am


    59 -28 Akamai Okole

  22. Akamai Okole October 11, 2018 12:44 am

    Congratulations QB1

    …kicked up the importance of the game.

    Although I am sure he will say that individual awards do not matter versus team accomplishments, this type of recognition is “legacy building” stuff that sure can help in recruiting.

    So in that sense, winning the award is a team thing.

  23. roygbivs October 11, 2018 2:38 am

    There’s no I in TEAM.


  24. roygbivs October 11, 2018 2:41 am


    Warriors… . Come out and play….

  25. cappie the dog October 11, 2018 4:32 am

    Exorcise the ghost of the missed 19-yard field goal.

    That game changed the trajectory of Bob Wagner’s career.

    The pass was there.

    The receiver just dropped the ball.

    And it stopped the clock.

  26. Old School Dave October 11, 2018 6:59 am

    BYU will start their own true freshman hometown hero at QB in Zach Wilson vs UH. The UH D needs to prevent and pressure Wilson from having a breakout game that Cougar fans are expecting.


  27. burro sabio October 11, 2018 8:24 am

    Safea Villaruz-Mauai of Waiakea, a junior, Tai Atkins, Sr of Kamehameha-HI, verbal commit to Trap. Gotta feed the Cappie.

  28. Andrew October 11, 2018 10:21 am

    Nebraska coach Scott Frost also accusing Oregon State for tampering with one of their RBs that wants to transfer.

  29. winning October 11, 2018 10:21 am

    Wonder if coaches thinking about redshirting any QB? Interesting. Depends on, I think, capable backup to Cole. Are they equal? What about the others? HMMMM. If they redshirt CC then he probably will start for 2 years and let Moussa be the backup for now. HMMM

  30. winning October 11, 2018 10:24 am

    McKenzie Milton another Drew Brees? maybe. Is 5’11” his true height?

  31. burro sabio October 11, 2018 10:25 am

    Roaches serve no useful purpose in the world or on blogs.

  32. Lowtone123 October 11, 2018 11:16 am

    UH 27 BYU 24

  33. Andrew October 11, 2018 12:36 pm


    Well considering Cordeiro has only played in one game, they can still redshirt him. Unless another injury occurs or UH begins to really start blowing out teams, I forsee both Moussa and Cordeiro being redshirted. Whether both stay beyond this year is another question

  34. Stephen Tsai October 11, 2018 1:36 pm

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=47105

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