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Avis will choose a winner tonight.
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The question was posed by KITV’s Robert Kekaula during yesterday’s news conference, and after being deferred — UH’s new buzz word — head coach Greg McMackin later declared to Na Koa members that Bryant Moniz was the best quarterback in the nation.
The back story: The original question was where Moniz placed as a quarterback in a league featuring marquee namess such Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick, Boise State’s Kellen Moore and Idaho’s Nate Enderle.
McMackin said Moniz was on the way to becoming the best at running this offense. Later, he amended his statement to saying he was told by offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich and assistant coach Mouse Davis that Moniz was on his way to that status. McMackin said he could not make a rating because he was not involved long enough with UH’s version of the run-and-shoot.
So is Moniz the best quarterback in the nation? Maybe. Maybe not. He does lead the nation in total offense, although UH’s strength of schedule certainly will be debated by supporters of other quarterbacks.
The thing is, the debate is more important than the answer. Despite gaudy statistics, Moniz was not even in the conversation as to where he ranked in his own league. Lack of publicity? Certainly. Lack of availability? Certainly not. UH did propose a one-day-a-week interview policy for Moniz that, like most policies, was quickly ignored. Bright, witty and humble, Moniz is the best marketing tool for a football program without a real marketing plan. Too often, there is the appearance that things will work itself out. That’s slot-machine thinking.
In praising his quarterback, McMackin inadvertently triggered a debate, which might be the best thing for the Warriors. At least they’re in the discussion.
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There is no doubt Andrew Manley is a talented quarterback. That was proven during his Leilehua career and justified when he engineered the winning drive for New Mexico State the past weekend.
At the moment, Manley is a better fit for the Aggies than the Warriors. At NMSU, he gets to play this year.
But in the long run, UH’s final offer would have been attractive, too. In UH’s revised offer, Manley would have grayshirted this fall, joined the Warriors in January, redshirted in 2011 when Moniz is a senior, and then have four years to play four seasons. He probably also could have earned enough credits for a bachelor’s degree before his UH eligibility expired in December 2015.