Warrior Beat: McDonald wins MWC weekly award

Quarterback Cole McDonald is the first Warrior to be named a Mountain West Player of the Week for offense in the program's 78-game membership. / Photo by Jamm Aquino, Star-Advertiser

It took 78 games, but the Warriors finally have a winner of the Mountain West’s Offensive Player of the Week award.

Quarterback Cole McDonald, a third-year sophomore from La Mirada, Calif., earned the honor after completing 30 of 41 passes for 428 yards and six touchdowns in a 59-41 victory over Navy this past Saturday. There were four drops.

The Warriors joined the Mountain West as a football affiliate in 2012 after 33 seasons in the Western Athletic Conference. Since then, UH has had four defensive players and four members of special teams to have won Mountain West weekly awards.

McDonald is the NCAA leader with 846 passing yards.

In his two-season UH career, McDonald has completed 70.1 percent of his throws. He has not been intercepted in 87 career passes.


  1. Boolakanaka September 3, 2018 7:34 am

    muamua, e matua aulelei Cole ia mafai ona avea Samoa

  2. Stephen Tsai September 3, 2018 7:40 am

    Welcome, Boolakanaka.

  3. Boolakanaka September 3, 2018 7:44 am

    ST, hope you are enjoying your long weekend, and getting in some much needed relaxation!

  4. tommui September 3, 2018 8:20 am


    Boolakanaka: So what is your prognosis on the Bulldog’s chances in the Ivy this year?

  5. tom-warriornation September 3, 2018 8:51 am

    Congrats Cole!

    Come join Cole’s family and friends (60 in group) at SDSU and sit with us behind our team; I expect to have 200+ Hawaii fans. $35. Cole’s parents will be at the Rice game this Sat.

    Also not too late to get tix for Army and SJSU. Text Tom at 415-324-0585; or email: tomkitaguchi@yahoo.com


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    Head Football Coach
    University of Hawaii

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  7. islandman September 3, 2018 9:51 am

    62. papajoe previous day post- Furuta made a fair catch on a Navy kickoff in the 2nd quarter.

  8. Boolakanaka September 3, 2018 9:57 am

    #4 Tommy, look for the College of Eli to be on top of the Ivy by the end of the year!

  9. TrustMeIKnowFootball September 3, 2018 10:55 am

    Congrats to Cole! But # 49 Williams has really come into his own and has really stood out in my eyes this past game. From being recruited as a safety now playing DE. 2 sacks and a very underrated cover OLB. I think with more playing opertunity expect a big year from him. Go Warriors!

  10. Whats up September 3, 2018 11:44 am

    Congrats to Cole McDonald, well deserved.

    Rice Football Owls run a similar offense to Colorado State with tall WR’s. Houston has the Defensive Tackle Ed Oliver the project overall #1 NFL draft pick and still Rice gave Houston all they handle until the 4th quarter. So the Hawaii Warrior players got to take Rice seriously and not buy into that 17 point favorite.

    Watching Nick Saban Alabama game and the Alabama offense looks very similar to Hawaii RnS/RPO with former St Louis QB Tua Tagovialoa running it. I was just watching Tua throw and run and score at will against Louisville… And I was thinking, “Oh boy now Alabama with that loaded roster on Offense and Defense will not have to old man Pro-style run, run, pass and wear down teams with physical football. Now Alabama can play just like RnS/RPO exciting high scoring offense and still have unbelievable talent on defense”.

    The NFL teams are running the RPO and even Nick Saban knows that he needs to change his schemes according to what talent is coming out of High School and College respectively.

    And now the Hawaii High School QB’s will be premium targets after Marcus Mariota, McKenzie Milton and Tua Tagovialoa let the cat out of the bag.

    On the positive side is now Hawaii High School Football will finally get the respect nationally is deserves. And Rolo switching to an RnS/RPO that Hawaii High School Football players are very familiar with, it should translate to building a local pipeline to readily replenish talent on the roster.

    Go Warriors!

  11. Rankin' O September 3, 2018 1:32 pm

    #10 Don’t forget Jordan Taʻamu at Ole Miss. Threw for 336 yards this week.

  12. Chicken Grease September 3, 2018 2:08 pm

    Man. The ONE season that the golden arches apparently do not sponsor ESPN 1420 AM radio Curran/Veneri broadcasts of the game (well, at least not enough for Veneri to sing the “Iiiiiiii’m lov . . .” tune! Would have been the ULTIMATE in marketing with QB McDonald’s last name and all.

    Do we we get the 2nd sandwich for free, at least? 🤪

  13. Da Punchbowl Kid September 3, 2018 3:07 pm

    Congrats Cole, well deserved!

    So it begins…


  14. kalua pig September 3, 2018 3:18 pm

    we need to change it up and wear all green uniforms for the rice game.

  15. isleboy September 3, 2018 3:52 pm

    Last time Hawaii wore all green Von Appen was coach. We all know what happened
    when he was at Manoa. Couldn’t beat the sisters of the poor. Rolo and team have a good
    thing going…all we need now are the Hawaiian chants that Mike Post (law and order)wrote
    for Hawaii football. Introduction of defensive players…smoke…chants. Now we talking a
    home field advantage….

  16. kalua pig September 3, 2018 4:14 pm

    what color uniform? all black again?

  17. islandman September 3, 2018 4:21 pm

    11. Chris Hart and Curran sang a song on Aug 28 Call the Coach, roughly something like this :
    Cole McDonald had an arm
    And with that arm, he found ( finds) a slot,
    With a touchdown here
    And a touchdown there
    Here a touch, there a touch
    Everywhere a touch, touch
    Cole McDonald had an arm,

  18. suckkabooya September 3, 2018 4:30 pm

    I think it takes humility and exceptional character to come out on Saturday and play hard. I know people may say that is what is expected every game but under these unexpected circumstances it’s easy to get “caught up with yourself”. I hope the coaches have them focused and with a fresh (and humble) mind-set as the “pinch me” phase of this season closes. Re-set. Re-focus. Still lots of work to do. They can do it. Terrific.

  19. tom-warriornation September 3, 2018 4:40 pm

    Mother of PLACEKICKER/PUNTER 6’1″ 195 LBS #46 ALEX TRIFONOVITCH just donated to our fund!



  20. oneseason September 3, 2018 4:43 pm

    At the same time that I was thinking how the Rainbow Warriors were beating the expectations of the polls, I started to think Hawaii should have an easy time against Rice because the same polls ranked them 128 out of 130; https://athlonsports.com/college-football/ranking-all-130-college-football-teams. But if the predictions got it wrong for Hawaii (121 out of 130), why should I think their number for Rice should be any better? I don’t doubt the Hawaii coaches and players will avoid getting complacent. That said, Hawaii sure has looked great against CSU and Navy. Can’t wait for Saturdays again.

  21. Maddog50 September 3, 2018 5:00 pm

    Marcus Kemp made the final 53 roster for Chiefs, Leo Koloamatangi did same for Lions, Dejon Allen Bears practice squad and of course Rigo. Henderson and JGW on IR with Bengals and Broncos

  22. kalua pig September 3, 2018 5:04 pm

    i also recommend white road jerseys and green pants for the game against army.

  23. Boolakanaka September 3, 2018 5:20 pm

    Unfortunately, Leo was waived today.

  24. Ipu Man September 3, 2018 6:48 pm

    Hope Hawaii defense coaches noticed the “turnovers”
    caused by Virginia Tech that helped bring down the
    mighty Florida State gators. Is there a technique to it?

  25. Inyoface September 3, 2018 7:45 pm

    Seems like everything that’s worked in the past or what hasn’t worked are all coming together now. Even Norm Chow had some input showing we can run the ball and making better facilities. Not counting my chickens before hey hatch just yet but great to see the naysayers get a wake up call.

  26. Inyoface September 3, 2018 7:56 pm

    Green jersey black pants lez go

  27. Hawaii fan from Texas September 3, 2018 10:00 pm

    You mean Seminoles ipu man. Florida state Seminoles. Also, I find it funny that none of the Hawaii players are on the ESPN stats page. No Cole McDonald, or any of the Wide receivers. Go look on ESPN 👀. Last time I checked, Hawaii is D1 right. Even ESPN is sleeping on the Warriors

  28. Captain Ron September 3, 2018 10:40 pm

    Why some you guys like mess around? Black on black is fine – no need to change. I remember hearing that the players like black unis. Just geev em!

    And continue to Live Aloha and Play Warrior!!!

  29. suckkabooya September 3, 2018 11:00 pm

    Despite the prevalent opinion of Dylan Collie on this board I think he would have been the perfect opposite wideout to complement this dynamic trio. He certainly had his problems finishing off catches but he was as unselfish as they come. He always ran routes hard to draw attention and allow others to get free. He also knew how to work himself open when he was the primary target. I hope Coach Rolovich can figure out the production issues with the opposite wideout soon. Will be unstoppable. Very good.

  30. Whats up September 3, 2018 11:18 pm

    Use the Rainbow (Norm Chow/ Ben Jay) White Helmet, White Pants, Green pants, Rainbow themed gear for practice only and Retro night. Say, “No” to (Von Appen/ Chow) Rainbow all Green uniforms! Don’t mess up the Winning Warrior swag uniforms!

    University of Hawaii band played the Dark Vader theme song throughout the game and it was appropriate with the boys looking menacing Black on Black Vader style swag! Keep the black pants, Black & Dark green helmet, maybe add that silver helmet (Colt Brennan Hawaii Warrior era) for road games.

    Rolo brings back the Hawaii Warrior era RnS, Hawaii Warrior era Black Uniforms, Hawaii Warrior era wins and now the same folks that pressured “Norm Chow/Ben Jay to bring Rainbow back” wants to mess it up the Winning Warrior era uniforms swag.

    Just relax and enjoy watching the Hawaii Warrior boys look good, feel good, play good in Hawaii Warrior era uniforms.

    Live Aloha/Play Warrior

    Go Warriors!

  31. suckkabooya September 4, 2018 1:14 am

    I think in this new era we need this sleek new look. And the “H” logo needs to be included along with the island chain, that is a big part of the brand that needs to be associated with the program. I do think we need to play a televised MW road game in the all white “throwback” Rainbow uniforms just to help brand the other Men’s (and Women’s) sports while they are so visible and in success mode. It seems to be all coming together. Step by step. Heading straight for the People of Hawaii (and Nation wide) to take notice of the potential of the whole University of Hawaii system. A future profit making “machine” when the process is complete.
    The beginning. So Awesome now.

  32. Maddog50 September 4, 2018 4:42 am

    I just want a winning uniform! You can say all you want but the old adage one game at a time speaks volumes-this staff these coaches know how to prepare and Navy is now rear view. What’s nice is anybody slouching can be replaced at this juncture at almost every position. I don’t expect any letdown as long as the pain of last year remains firmly in the minds of the veteran players. Rice gave Houston almost 3 quarters of good football favorites and underdogs are pre game. Wins and losses post game! Let’s get this one the old fashioned way-earn it. GoWarriors!!!!

  33. Inyoface September 4, 2018 7:00 am

    Starting at 6pm is not a good time for national exposure. 5 was perfect I thought.

  34. Ipu Man September 4, 2018 7:03 am

    How about green and black camouflage unis?
    Will be hard to see our guys by the other team.

  35. Chicken Grease September 4, 2018 7:04 am

    I do think we need to play a televised MW road game in the all white “throwback” Rainbow uniforms . . .

    No. No. No. No. No. No.

    No all-white. Did you MISS the Sugar result or something? White uniform and rainbow is pajama-like.

    It’s like some of you WANT Hawaii to look stupid. You want white and rainbows, go watch My Little Pony or something. Run and shoot might be too much for you.

    Get rid of the rainbow! It belongs much more to Notre Dame than us!!

  36. cappie the dog September 4, 2018 7:05 am

    I switched shifts for nothing.

    Our Margaret Atwood-like world is being put on hold.

    None of the AP writers had the guts to vote for Hawaii.

    4 coaches, surprisingly, did.

    Hawaii has the sort of schedule that can propel themselves into Group of 5 conversation.

    All that’s missing is a second FCS school.

    October 27.

  37. cappie the dog September 4, 2018 7:09 am

    I always thought the rainbow belonged to Jesse Jackson.

    I thought the rainbow was more a symbol of ethnic diversity than Boy George appreciation.

  38. Chicken Grease September 4, 2018 7:11 am

    University of Hawaii band played the Dark Vader theme song . . .

    That’d be Darth Vader 🤗.

    That tune be called Imperial March: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bzWSJG93P8

  39. DaveLetterMan September 4, 2018 7:14 am

    Morning Tsaikos!
    What Hawaii needs to get noticed is to keep winning and for their opponents to do good after we beat them. So root for the home team and CSU and Navy.
    Go Warriors!

  40. islandman September 4, 2018 7:19 am

    per Cappie, UH received votes in the Coaches Poll.
    So did Appalachian St. and Fresno St.

  41. A-House September 4, 2018 7:48 am

    2 games late, but our first sight of the UH helmets were like WOW, that’s really nice!!!

    H logo on right and island chain on left.

    kudos to whomever thought of this scheme.

  42. suckkabooya September 4, 2018 8:32 am

    The Rainbow does represent ethnic diversity (all diversity) and is a big part of the history of UH Athletics. It is a symbol that reflects the “Ohana” brand of fellowship and is nothing to fear or be ashamed of. It had become part of the culture long ago, that’s why there is so much backlash against its dismissal. We will transition into full “Warrior” mode one day (for football) but the Rainbow will always be part of UH Athletics.

  43. suckkabooya September 4, 2018 8:37 am

    #32 Chicken Grease

    The run and shoot seems to be to much for not only for me, but for CSU and Navy (thus far) as well…….. Long live the Run and Shoot.

  44. suckkabooya September 4, 2018 9:24 am

    If they (UH) make an “Island Chain” hat or hydro flask with the “H” logo displayed under it it would make its way back to the mainland (or anywhere tourists return to) as Omiyagi (souvenir) guarantee. We need to market that soon. Capitalize on the new era re-branding….. The process. Step by step.

  45. Inyoface September 4, 2018 9:53 am

    Wish we played UCLA with this years squad, we would give them rubs.

  46. suckkabooya September 4, 2018 10:27 am

    Maybe we should market throwback “Rainbow” Warrior pajamas for children and women (for men too if you want but might not sell as good). Black Warrior pajamas for men though. Good Omiyagi too.

  47. Luki September 4, 2018 10:59 am

    Repeating #30…5pm start much better than 6pm…

  48. DaveLetterMan September 4, 2018 11:45 am

    Rolo cracks me up sometimes!

  49. HawaiiMongoose September 4, 2018 11:58 am

    I’m 100% with Chicken Grease on the uniform question. IMHO the white rainbow uniforms should never see the field again. That’s not because of what some people think the rainbow represents or doesn’t represent. It’s about focused marketing and the competitive and financial importance to the program of establishing a high-profile nationally-recognized brand.

    As a G5 school we’re at a huge disadvantage when it comes to national TV appeal and recruiting. An important key to overcoming that disadvantage and bringing in the caliber of talent we need to win is to build a strong compelling image of UH football that sticks in the minds of local and Mainland fans, players, coaches and media. June Jones understood this intuitively and built a national image of UH football based on bold and effective risk-taking (the R&S offense), Polynesian warrior motifs and culture, and menacing black apparel. It worked and UH football achieved unprecedented success which benefitted the entire athletic program.

    Norm Chow was intent on going a different direction even if it meant destroying everything June accomplished. Bringing back the rainbow seemed like a catchy homage to the past but what it actually accomplished was further confusing and diluting the already crumbling “Warrior” branding of UH football. The national media showered the white throwback uniforms with praise but the unspoken subtext was “Here’s a cool gimmick to distract the audience from what a terrible football team this is.” If anything the throwbacks just reinforced how far the program had fallen.

    It still remains to be seen whether Rolo can pull off the rebuilding job but I’m convinced his “Live Aloha/Play Warrior” philosophy combined with the restored R&S and “back in black” approach to branding give UH the best chance of turning things around.

  50. Stephen Tsai September 4, 2018 12:20 pm

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=46641

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