- The Washington Times - Monday, April 28, 2008

Colt Brennan has seen his share of tribulation. After dealing with multiple college transfers and a general lack of respect for his college-passing prowess, the wait to be drafted yesterday in the sixth round of the NFL Draft was nothing out of the ordinary for the 24-year-old former Hawaii quarterback.

The newest Washington Redskins passer starred at powerful Mater Dei (Calif.) High School but walked on at Colorado after a year in prep school. He was kicked off Colorado’s team before playing a down after being accused of sexual assault of a female student. He was cleared of that charge but was convicted of burglary and trespassing.

After a year at junior college, Brennan landed at Hawaii, where he set 31 NCAA passing records but didn’t gain a lot of respect because the Warriors use the run-and-shoot offense. Brennan then hurt his hip in the Senior Bowl, causing his pro stock to fall even further.

“I’m just a really diverse kid who has a lot of passion who has been through some ups and downs who really has a lot to prove and can’t wait to show not only the team but the community that I’m going to be not only a great person but a great football player,” Brennan said.

Brennan will miss this weekend’s minicamp and the organized team activities, which end June 12, as he recovers from hip surgery. But Redskins coach Jim Zorn, a former quarterback and quarterbacks coach, is enthusiastic about his newest project, noting that Brennan ran conventional offenses before going to Hawaii.

“Hopefully Colt will be truly physically ready to start practicing in training camp,” Zorn said. “He’s not a strong-armed, fireball [passer]. The thing that I look for is ‘Can he hit what he’s throwing at?’ Colt has done that. He’s been a 70 percent passer. And he’s got the ability to move around. He’s got a bit of sidearm release. We’ll try to bring that up a little bit. If he understands what’s going on, we could hit pretty good on a guy that can come in and support [starter Jason Campbell and veteran backup Todd Collins].”

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