December 29, 2007

Hawaii notebook: Brennan and Tebow have little in common

NEW ORLEANS - Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan said one of his highlights during his recent trip to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony was the opportunity to spend some time with Florida quarterback Tim Tebow.

While he enjoyed their conversations, Brennan laughed that he and Tebow actually have very little in common in regards to the type of systems that the Warriors and Gators run.

"It was real funny watching me and Tim Tebow talking. You talk about all this system quarterback stuff, we could hardly relate on anything we talked about," Brennan said. "All he talked about were fronts and linebackers. I said dude, I throw the ball. I'm like, where' the safety at? I don't pay attention to that. He's like how are you making theses reads then? It was different.
"All he talked about were eight-man fronts and what the defensive ends were doing. I don't look at those guys every play. I'm looking at the corners and the free safeties."

Naturally, the conversation turned to Georgia, which whipped Tebow and the Gators 42-30 in Jacksonville.

"He said that's the best defense he played and they gave him the most trouble," Brennan said. "Obviously, that's a great opportunity for me because I was in the Heisman ceremony with Tim and if I came out and had some success against Georgia it would validate a lot of things with me."

As for Tebow's advice to having success against the Bulldogs:

"He said just get rid of it because they're coming. They're a very physical and very fast defense," Brennan said. "They're Georgia. They live up to their reputation and they're just as good as they are any year."

Warriors have come a long way

Hawaii wide receiver Davone Bess since he and Brennan have come a long way since they made their first career start in the 2005 season opener against Southern Cal.

It wasn't pretty.

The Trojans demolished the Warriors 63-17, in what was the worst loss for Hawaii in Junes Jones' nine years as head coach.

"That first year, we had no idea what we were doing. We were running around with our heads cut off," Bess said. "Colt was puking, my feet were hurting, and we were just out of it. It was like we were just excited to be on the same field with Matt Leinhart."

But Bess said the days of Hawaii being intimidated are over.

Since that loss to Southern Cal, Hawaii has played the likes of BCS teams Michigan State, Wisconsin, Alabama, Oregon State and Arizona State, which the Warriors beat 41-34 in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

This year, the Warriors played and beat Washington 35-28, a victory that propelled Hawaii into the Sugar Bowl against Georgia.

Native Texan adopting Hawaiian culture

Strong safety Jacob Patek is about as Texan as one can get.

So, it was a bit strange to see the senior walk into one of Hawaii's press conferences dressed in lava-lavas, a traditional Polynesian dress for men.

"The guys just feel good wearing them," Patek said. "It's part of who we are as a team."

Parents of one of the Hawaii players gave each senior on the team a set of lava-lavas to wear during the Sugar Bowl.

There's just one caveat:

"Always were some thing under them," Patek said.

Jones not worried about any Dome time

Jones isn't too worried that his Warriors won't get to practice in the Louisiana Superdome until Monday.

The Warriors have been holding their practices at the New Orleans Saints practice facility in nearby Metairie.

"No," Jones said. "We'll get in there on Monday during our walk-through. That's all we need."

Georgia has practiced in the Superdome since arriving Wednesday.

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