Forget Colt Brennan: Davone Bess Is Hawaii's Best NFL Prospect
Like many college football fans, I got my first good look at Hawaii tonight as they battled Boise State for the WAC championship in Honolulu.
I was immediately struck by the Warriors' team speed.
From Keoloha Pilares to Ryan Grice-Mullen to C.J. Hawthorne, June Jones' offense is loaded with talented players not named Colt Brennan.
These guys are are all great football players—and astonishingly explosive in open space.
Perhaps it's time for Notre Dame and Nebraska to recruit in Hawaii?
Potshots aside, the player that impressed me most was Hawaii wideout Davone Bess.
Colt Brennan's favorite target is clearly a superstar in his own right. But for as much as I've read about Brennan over the past three years, I haven't heard a peep about Bess.
Which is strange—because it's very clear that the guy is really, really good.
At 5'10" and 195 pounds, with strength, good hands, great route-running ability, and explosive speed, Bess reminds me a lot of Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith.
I'm sure that scouts across the country have had their eyes on Bess for the last few years—but it's definitely time he shared some of his quarterback's very bright limelight.
It'll be interesting to monitor Bess' draft status as we get closer to April—as it looks to me that he has the very real potential to be a starting WR at the next level.
I wouldn't be surprised to see a team make a run at him as early as the second round.
As for Brennan—he looks like a fine player. He's certainly very accurate and has an above-average arm.
It's hard to ignore the fact that success in the run-and-shoot offense doesn't often translate well to the NFL, but Brennan will get his chance in the pros—and we'll all see how good he really is in due time.
In the meantime, Hawaii picked up another fan tonight. The Warriors sure are fun to watch, and deserve a BCS berth following tonight's win—assuming they can get by Tyrone Willingham and Washington at home next week.
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