This probably should have been the guy if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan.
Hawaii just witnessed the emergence of one of their best prospects in recent history. Cole McDonald built an impressive resume over his final two seasons on the “Big Island”.
In 33 career games with 27 starts, he finished with a 61.4 completion percentage, 8,032 passing yards, and 70 passing touchdowns versus 24 interceptions. He also added 880 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns.
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At the most recent NFL Scouting Combine, McDonald posted a 4.58-second forty-yard dash (first among quarterbacks), a 36-inch vertical (first among quarterbacks), a 121-inch broad jump (fourth among quarterbacks), and a 7.13-second three-cone drill (second among quarterbacks). He’s certainly not lacking anything in terms of athleticism.
One of his best moments in college came in a 31-30 overtime win against San Diego State in 2018. McDonald completed 29 of 46 passes for 452 yards and four total touchdowns (three passing, one rushing). In overtime, he threw the go-ahead touchdown on the opening drive which ended up being the game-winner.
He also put on a clinic earlier that season. In his first four games as the starter, he didn’t throw an interception. In his first game as the starter, McDonald finished 26 of 37 on passing attempts with 418 passing yards and three passing touchdowns to go along with 96 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in a 43-34 win versus Colorado State.
One week later in a 59-41 win against Navy, he went 30 of 41 on passing attempts with 428 passing yards and six touchdowns. He finished his career with nine games in which he threw four or more touchdowns and seven games in which he threw more than 370 yards.