RENO, NEV. » This wasn’t how it was supposed to end for Bryant Moniz, but it almost seemed inevitable.
With all the injuries depleting his offensive line and receivers, it’s a testament to Moniz’s elusiveness and toughness that he didn’t get badly hurt sooner than Saturday, in UH’s 10th game of the season.
Regardless of what you might think of the University of Hawaii football team and the performance of its senior leader on offense the past few games, his legacy will be as one of the most prolific quarterbacks in UH history, as well as perhaps the most athletic to have played for the Warriors in the run-and-shoot era.
When he left the field with a college career-ending broken leg in the first half of the 42-28 loss to Nevada, coach Greg McMackin said some of the Warriors players “froze” momentarily — and that was no reference to the chilly air at Mackay Stadium.
“It’s pretty tough when you lose your leader right away,” McMackin said.
Before Moniz season/college career ending injury, Moniz had joined an elite club. Bryant Moniz became the third University of Hawaii quarterback to pass for at least 10,000 yards in his career. He reached the milestone on a 6-yard pass to Billy Ray Stutzmann in the second quarter. Moniz passed for 227 yards a couple Saturdays ago, giving him 10,146 in his three-year UH career. Timmy Chang is atop the program’s career passing yardage list with 17,072, and was No. 1 nationally until Saturday, when he was passed by Case Keenum of Houston. Colt Brennan is second all-time in Hawaii passing yards with 14,193.