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Colt Brennan

Colt Brennan with coach Jim Zorn.
No. 5     Washington Redskins
Personal information
Date of birth: August 16, 1983 (1983-08-16) (age 26)
Place of birth: Laguna Beach, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
College: Hawaiʻi
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 6 / Pick: 186
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Injured Reserve
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× First-team All-WAC (2006-2007)
  • 2× WAC Offensive P.O.Y. (2006-2007)
  • 2× Third-team AP All-American (2006-2007)
  • 2× O'Brien Award finalist (2006-2007)
  • Sammy Baugh Trophy (2006)
  • Unitas Golden Arm Award finalist (2007)
  • Heisman Trophy finalist (2007)
  • College records
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Colton "Colt" James Brennan (born August 16, 1983 in Laguna Beach, California) is a American football quarterback for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Redskins in the sixth round (186th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Hawaii.

Brennan holds the NCAA D-I record for most touchdown passes in a single season with 58. He holds 30 other NCAA Division I FBS records.



While at Hawaii, Brennan grew dreadlocks to better bond with his wide receivers, and learned enough Samoan so that he could use it to call plays from the line of scrimmage; Hawaii has a number of players of Samoan descent. His parents are Betsy and Terry Brennan of Irvine, California. His father Terry is the CEO of Leighton & Associates of Irvine.[1] Brennan was a communications major.[2] On December 16, 2007, Brennan received his Bachelor of Arts in communications and a 27-second standing ovation.[3] Hawaii-based venture capitalist Barry Weinman, wore Brennan's #15 jersey while delivering the commencement address at the 2007 graduation.[4]

Early years

Brennan attended Mater Dei High School in California. He helped Mater Dei to the league championship in basketball as a senior. While at Mater Dei, he was the backup quarterback to Matt Leinart until Leinart graduated.[1] After graduating from Mater Dei, Brennan attended Worcester Academy in Massachusetts for a postgraduate year, where his primary receivers were David Ball, now a wide receiver for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL, and Carl Elliott, the former starting Point Guard on George Washington's basketball team.

College career



Brennan originally attended the University of Colorado in 2003 as a walk-on. He spent the year as a redshirt.

Expulsion from the team

On January 28, 2004, Brennan entered the dorm room of a female CU student, uninvited, and, according to the victim, "exposed himself and fondled her',"[5] a charge which Brennan denied.[6] Brennan, who was intoxicated at the time of the incident, was arrested and eventually convicted of charges of felony burglary and trespassing[7] (serving one week in jail along with probation until he graduated from college), but a guilty verdict for unlawful sexual contact was vacated by the court for lack of evidence.[1] Brennan was court ordered to take a polygraph test about the incident and passed. He later showed those results to Saddleback College President Richard McCullough.[8] After the incident, which was caught up in the middle of the time when CU was flooded with other accusations of sex crimes and revelations of wild recruiting parties involving Colorado football players, he was kicked off the team.[9]

Saddleback College

Brennan then transferred to Saddleback College in California in 2004 and helped lead the school to a conference championship. He was named honorable mention All-America, state offensive player of the year by the JuCal Transfer, and first-team all-conference for his performance that season. He repaired his image well enough for the University of Hawaiʻi head coach June Jones to offer him a walk-on opportunity. Looking to put some distance between himself and his past problems and interested in Jones' quarterback knowledge, Brennan accepted the offer and turned down an offer from San Jose State.[1]

University of Hawaiʻi


Brennan joined Hawaiʻi in 2005 and quickly earned the starting spot at quarterback. He started 10 of 12 games, the only games he did not start being against USC and San Diego State. He either tied or broke 11 school offensive records in what was a successful first season with the Warriors. He led the country in total offense yards (4,455) and touchdowns thrown (35). His 4,301 yards passing is the eighth-most in Western Athletic Conference (WAC) history. Against New Mexico State, he recorded career-high numbers in passing yards (515), touchdowns (7), and pass completions (38). He also had nine 300+ yard performances on the season, including four 400+ yard games and a 515-yard performance.


Brennan entered 2006 as the undisputed starter at quarterback, was named to multiple award watch lists and was voted the WAC's preseason Offensive Player of the Year. He led the nation in scoring and passing efficiency, finishing the regular season with a 182.8 rating, and completed 72.15% of his passes, the best in Division I-A.

During the regular season, Brennan passed for 53 touchdowns, falling 1 touchdown pass short of the NCAA Division I-A single-season record (set in 1990 by David Klingler of Houston). On December 24, 2006, at the Hawaiʻi Bowl, Brennan threw for five touchdowns to break the record. (Statistics accumulated during the postseason now count towards records.)[10] The team finished the season with an 11–3 record, finishing second in the WAC behind Boise State.

Brennan finished 6th in heisman trophy voting in the 2006 Heisman race, behind Troy Smith, Darren McFadden, Brady Quinn, Steve Slaton, and Mike Hart.[11] During the season, Brennan passed for 5,549 yards, 58 touchdowns, and the highest passer efficiency in the nation. According to Jones, "Colt is a money guy. Colt is what I said he is: the best college quarterback in America, and he proved it tonight." [12] During a press conference on January 17, Brennan announced that he was returning to the University of Hawaiʻi for his senior season.[13] He didn't feel he was fully prepared for the NFL and needed another year to get ready. He returned to Hawaiʻi as a Heisman front runner and one of the NCAA's most prolific passers.[14] named him one of the top-10 quarterbacks going into the 2007 season.[15]


On November 23, 2007, he broke the major college career record for touchdown passes, throwing five touchdown passes against then #17 Boise State. He threw the record-breaking 122nd in the first quarter, a six-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Grice-Mullen to surpass the mark set by former Brigham Young University Quarterback Ty Detmer in 1991. With the pass, Brennan also broke Detmer's record for most touchdowns responsible for with 136.[16] The Hawai'i team would go on to beat Washington 35-28 in the final game of the regular season to finish with a 12-0 record,[17] finishing the 2007 season ranked #10 on the AP Top 25, earning a bid to 2007 BCS Sugar Bowl against the #5 ranked Georgia Bulldogs. The Sugar Bowl turned out to be a one-sided affair, as Georgia defeated Hawaiʻi 41–10. Brennan completed 22-of-38 for 169 yards, while throwing three interceptions. Throughout the game, Georgia was able to effectively apply pressure rushing only three defensive linemen, allowing Georgia to drop eight men into coverage.[citation needed] This game cost Brennan the all-time passer efficiency rating that he held prior to the game. He was later quoted as saying, "This is not how I wanted my career to end."[18]

June Jones

June Jones, Brennan's coach at Hawaiʻi, had a large impact upon his career, making him one of the most prolific passers in NCAA Division 1 history. In a short January 6, 2008 interview Brennan said of Jones: "He's obviously done a lot for me because he gave me a chance and that's really what I was looking for... He really gave me the confidence to take my game at the next level and give me the confidence to play like an All-American." Jones was instrumental in bringing Brennan to Hawaiʻi during his sophomore year. After the Hawaii Warriors lost the 2008 Sugar Bowl against the University of Georgia, Jones revealed in a press conference that he would no longer be coaching at the University of Hawaii.[19]

Awards and honors


Some of Brennan's achievements include:

  • Second all-time in most career touchdowns responsible for (146). Achieved November 23, 2007.
  • NCAA record for most 400 yard games (20). Achieved in 2007.
  • Tied NCAA record for most career touchdown passes by a quarterback-receiver combination (39 to Davone Bess). Achieved November 23, 2007.
  • NCAA single-season record for most touchdown passes, achieved in 2006 (58)
  • NCAA two-season record for most touchdown passes, (96, achieved 2006-2007)
  • NCAA record for passing efficiency (season), posting a 186.0 mark in 2006
  • NCAA record for most points responsible for (season) with 385. (2006)
  • NCAA record for highest pass completion percentage (70.4%).
  • Second all-time in career touchdown passes (131) behind Graham Harrell.
  • Fourth all-time in total passing yards with 14,193 behind Graham Harrell, Ty Detmer and Timmy Chang.

Professional career

Washington Redskins

Brennan was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round (186th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He was the 10th quarterback selected in the draft. On July 14, he and the Redskins agreed to a four-year contract worth around $1.8 million.

Brennan appeared in his first NFL exhibition game in the 2008 Hall of Fame Game against the Indianapolis Colts on August 3. He was impressive in his debut completing 9-of-10 passes for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns for a 157.5 passer rating in the Redskins' victory.[20] His success continued two weeks later against the New York Jets when he completed 4-of-5 passes for 79 yards and scored the game winning touchdown on a 33-yard pass to Jason Goode.[21]

Brennan led all 2008 NFL rookies in touchdown passes, passing yards and quarterback rating through the preseason .[22] He finished the 2008 preseason with a strong performance, going 36-for-53, for 411 yards and three touchdowns and with no interceptions. For the preseason, Brennan's completion percentage was 67.9% and his quarterback rating was 109.9. He also carried the ball twice for 11 yards.

He was placed on injured reserve on September 4, 2009, ending his 2009 season due to a torn hamstring and a hip injury. The hip injury is similar to one he suffered while in college at Hawaii and will reportedly require surgery.[23]


  1. ^ a b c d Chris Dufresne, Cult of Colt, Los Angeles Times, August 25, 2007.
  2. ^ "University of Hawaii at Manoa, Journalism Program". Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  3. ^ "Hawaii quarterback graduates from college". Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  4. ^ "Brennan Joins 1,200 Others In Graduation Ceremony". Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  5. ^ "Second chance leaves Brennan on verge of history". Retrieved 2007-01-07. 
  6. ^ "SBrennan: QB with a past and presence". Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  7. ^ Song, Jaymes (2006-11-02). "QB Brennan on a roll in his second season at UH". Associated Press via the Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  8. ^ Thamel, Pete (August 26, 2007). "After Brush With Law, Hawaii’s Brennan Seeks Redemption". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  9. ^ "Brennan gets back up". Retrieved 2007-01-07. 
  10. ^ "Brennan breaks NCAA season TD pass mark". Retrieved 2007-01-07. 
  11. ^ "Smith strikes pose with record Heisman win". Retrieved 2007-01-08. 
  12. ^ "Brennan eyeing return to Hawaii, but NFL not ruled out". Retrieved 2007-01-08. 
  13. ^ "Hawaii QB Colt Brennan will return for senior season". Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  14. ^ "Another year would only help Brennan". Retrieved 2007-01-07. 
  15. ^'s QB Power Rankings,, April 2, 2007.
  16. ^ "Brennan breaks NCAA career mark for TD passes". Retrieved 2007-12-03. 
  17. ^ "Hawaii rallies from 21 down to save perfect season". Retrieved 2007-12-03. 
  18. ^ ESPN - Georgia's defense pummels Brennan to fuel Sugar Bowl rout - NCAA College Football Recap
  19. ^ Brennan talks about Coach Jones' impact | KHON2 FOX | Local Top Stories
  20. ^ Redskins rookie Brennan throws 2 TDs in comeback against Colts
  21. ^ "Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets - Recap - August 16, 2008 - ESPN". Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  22. ^ "NFL Stats: by Player Category". Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  23. ^ "Redskins Place Colt Brennan on IR". Retrieved 2009-09-07. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Timmy Chang
Hawaiʻi Warriors Starting Quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Greg Alexander
Preceded by
Brady Quinn
Sammy Baugh Trophy Winner
Succeeded by
Graham Harrell


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