Tape It Up: Hawai'i: Colt Takes A Concussion

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Hawai'i: Colt Takes A Concussion

Hawai'i won again on Saturday, keeping its perhaps (given its absurdly easy schedule) far-fetched dream of a BCS Bowl alive for one more week, but the Warriors were definitely not happy as they took to the locker room after a 37-30 win over Fresno State. The problem was their star quarterback, Colt Brennan, who sustained a concussion in the fourth quarter of the game. He took the hit after throwing his 121st career touchdown pass, tying the NCAA career mark, but his status was not immediately get-up-and-go.

Brennan left the game with 11 minutes left to play after completing 28 of 39 pass attempts for 396 yards and two scores. Linebacker Marcus Riley flattened him on a third and 7 play in which he scrambled towards the Fresno State sideline, then stayed face-down on the turf for the breath-stopping five minutes while trainers tended to him. Brennan eventually walked off the field, with help, and into the locker room, but he was clearly in pain.

The QB officially suffered a mild concussion and gave a statement to reporters that he was "looking forward to getting back on the field for next week's game." He was scheduled for plenty of testing on Sunday to see just how much field time he will see in the next few weeks.

This is the crucial stretch for Brennan's Warriors as they continue tiptoeing toward a bowl berth. They next face Nevada before the showdown with No. 17 Boise State that will determine the WAC Champion, and which of the two BCS-buster darlings will make it to one of the biggies (if either of them). If there is any single player that this team needs on the field in that Boise showdown, it's the man responsible for 3,296 yards passing and 28 touchdown passes.

Head coach June Jones was certainly confident in Brennan's ability to bounce back:

"If you play football you're going to have concussions," Jones said Saturday night. "I just talked to him. He's ready to play right now."

Just because Brennan thinks he's ready to go does not mean that he is ready. The senior suffered a sprained right ankle earlier this season that limited his playing time and hampered his performance perhaps more than he was willing to admit. The Warriors would do well to ensure that Brennan is healthy enough to play, and pick their spots - not to say that Nevada is a gimme win, but they will absolutely, positively need their signal-caller behind center if they are going to knock off blue-turf Boise State in two weeks.

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