Quarterback Bryant Moniz will answer your questions during Tuesday’s Warrior Beat Show, which will start at about 10 a.m.
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The question, posed by a co-worker, was innocent: How did UH get to the point where it will start a walk-on at quarterback?
The answer is: by chance and by design.
Twenty-one months ago, the Warriors were in the Sugar Bowl, and June Jones — in theory — was the head coach. Jones’ plan was to turn Colt Brennan’s job to Tyler Graunke, with Inoke Funaki as the backup. Jones wanted to add a freshman quarterback (Bo Levi Mitchell) and a JC transfer (Kevin Craft).
Then Jones left, Mitchell de-committed (and eventually joined Jones at SMU), and UH lost the recruiting lead on Craft. Suspensions and personal reasons hindered Graunke, which is why UH decided to pursue two JC quarterbacks — Greg Alexander and Brent Rausch.
Entering the 2009 recruiting season, the plan was to create a class system at quarterback, which is why the Warriors tried to sign high school seniors instead of JC transfers. And, for the most part, the plan was successful. The Warriors entered with one senior (Alexander), one junior (Rausch), two sophomores (Shane Austin and Moniz, who joined as a walk-on) and three freshmen.
Then the injuries hit . . .