A breakout player can have a huge role in shaping conference championship races and the college football playoff picture. We look at why Hawaii quarterback Chevan Cordeiro can make an impact next season.
We all saw how Joe Burrow’s breakout season helped LSU win the National Championship game against Clemson. Ohio State was able to dominate the Big Ten and make the College Football Playoff after Justin Fields took the next step in his first season as a starter.
Finding the next star or breakout player is unpredictable. Developing young talent is harder than it sounds but Chevan Cordeiro can play a critical role in Hawaii.
Hawaii’s Tradition of Prolific Offenses
Hawaii went 10-5
Hawaii’s success led to head coach Nick Rolovich getting a chance to replace Mike Leach at Washington State. Hawaii brought former Arizona State coach Todd Graham back to college football after being two years away.
Graham went 46-32 with Arizona State, including 2-3 in bowl games. Hawaii is part of the Mountain West and they’ve had their ups and downs but they went 8-6 in 2018 and 10-5 last season.
Todd Graham brought G.J. Kinne as his offensive coordinator. He was his starting quarterback at Tulsa. Graham and Kinne want to continue Hawaii’s recent winning ways and keep their offense rolling.
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors averaged 33.9 points per game last season (24th in the nation) but they also gave up 31.0 points, 98th out of 130 teams.
The new regime will obviously implement their own schemes and this team clearly has to score a lot of points to keep up with opponents like Oregon. Hawaii (+350 to win the MWC West Division at BetOnline) will have to be aggressive early and take many deep shots. Keep this in mind when making college football picks.
What Chevan Cordeiro Can Bring
While Todd Graham may not run the same offense as Nick Rolovich did, Chevan Cordeiro can become one of the top quarterbacks in the Mountain West.
A Hawaii native, Cordeiro was Cole McDonald’s backup for two years. The redshirt sophomore started four games over the last two years and completed 99 of 169 passes for 1,291 yards, 14 touchdowns and five interceptions.
Cole McDonald is now in the NFL and Cordeiro will replace him as the starting quarterback.
Cordeiro’s numbers are fine but his low 58.6 completion percentage is a bit concerning. Particularly because of the offense’s design maximized easy throws and catches.
The Saint Louis High in Honolulu graduate does have traits to help him become a solid quarterback and Graham and Kinne can get the most out of him.
Cordeiro ran for 212 yards and three touchdowns on 40 carries in 12 games last season and Hawaii will likely rely more on the run next season, which benefits him.