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Cole McDonald filled up the stat sheet on Saturday, but found himself on the bench. Hawaii’s season got off to a great start with an upset win over Arizona, but do they have a quarterback controversy? McDonald showed his greatness on Saturday, but also made some poor decisions. Head coach Nick Rolovich must decide if he’ll give two quarterbacks a chance or stick with his star.
Cole McDonald and his future
I think Cole McDonald should be the starter and not share time. He proved all last year that he’s a star, and one game shouldn’t change that. We knew accuracy was his biggest concern as a passer, but Saturday had more to do with his decision making. Three of his four interceptions were terrible decisions. Two were into triple coverage, and one he threw across his body.
Turnovers play a big role in deciding games, normally. Not saying that McDonald’s turnovers didn’t impact the game, but Hawaii still won with their six turnovers. Besides his interceptions, McDonald actually played extremely well. While accuracy may have been a concern last year, he started the year completing 29 of his 41 pass attempts (70.7%). He also threw for 378 yards and four touchdowns. He might have thrown some bad balls, but he also threw some pretty passes too.
Even though Chevan Cordeiro took over after the fourth interception, Cole McDonald deserves to be the starter. Next week against Oregon State gives him another chance to fine tune his decision making before facing Washington. He’ll need to play his best game against the Huskies in Hawaii’s first road game of the season. For now, everyone just needs to take a deep breath and relax.
Cordeiro showed Hawaii fans what they have to look forward to when McDonald’s gone, but one game shouldn’t dictate the future starter. Just like we shouldn’t overreact to one game for a team, we shouldn’t overreact for a player. Cole McDonald will still be one of the best quarterbacks in the country, and he’ll bounce back in two weeks when the Rainbow Warriors hit the field again.