Monday, May 5, 2008

On Day 2, QB Brennan Among Seven Picks

The Redskins went into the NFL draft expecting to take a quarterback in the later rounds. Team officials followed through--but were able to draft a quarterback some had projected to go in early rounds.

The Redskins drafted Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan with their final sixth-round pick, at No. 186 overall.

Brennan was regarded as among the top quarterbacks in the draft and had a record-setting season last year, but he fell due to a poor performance in the Sugar Bowl and injury concerns.

Brennan is the owner of 21 NCAA records. Last year, he set a record with his 34th consecutive game of throwing for at least 200 yards. His 20 games with at least 400 yards in total offense also set an all-time mark.

His average of 387.8 yards per game in total offense and a pass completion percentage of .712 are just some of the other notable national marks he set at Hawaii.

Brennan ran the classic run-and-shoot offense, a pass-happy scheme devised by former Hawaii head coach June Jones.

Brennan was a third-team All-American choice last year. He completed 359-of-510 passes--a 70.4 completion percentage--for 4,343 yards, 38 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.

His junior season was even better. Brennan completed 406-of-559 passes--a career-high 72.6 completion percentage--for 5,549 yards, 58 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Brennan, who grew up in Irvine, Calif., expects to make a quick transition to the West Coast offense run by Jim Zorn.

"It's what I grew up in our here in southern California," he said. "I have some background in it. I really can't wait to get back in it. I know I can run it. I'm just grateful for the opportunity."

Brennan decided to undergo hip surgery this offseason, so he might not be available to work with the team in mini-camp and OTAs.

Asked about his health, Brennan said: "I'm doing great. The doctor said that I'm on the path to full recovery. The surgery was a complete success. I'm about six weeks to being 100 percent.

"Basically, I can't wait to get out there and let their doctors and staff get me through the rehab process."

He expects to be fully healthy ready for training camp.

Brennan was ecstatic when he learned he was drafted.

"To be honest, as the day was progressing I was really thinking, 'Maybe I'm a free agent guy, maybe I'm a seventh-round pick,'" he said. "When I got the phone call, I couldn't have been more excited. I'm just so excited to be a Washington Redskin."