Former University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan, the gunslinger and 2007 Heisman Trophy finalist, died Monday in Newport, Calif. He was 37.
Brennan's father Terry informed the Honolulu Star-Advertiser of the news. No cause of death was immediately available.
Terry Brennan told the Star-Advertiser that his son was in the fifth month of an inpatient treatment program.
"He was doing so well, the spark was back in his eyes, and he was healthy and doing great, and it happened," Terry Brennan said.
A two-time Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year winner (2006, 2007), Brennan led the Rainbow Warriors to an undefeated regular season in 2007 before falling to Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.
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Under coach June Jones, the air-raid Hawaii offense flourished with Brennan in control. He threw for 131 touchdowns over three seasons as a starter, but the 2006 campaign stands above the rest; Brennan threw 58 touchdowns (the second-most in single-season history) at 9.9 yards per attempt and a 72.6 completion percentage — and 5,549 passing yards. He finished sixth in the Heisman voting that year and third behind Tim Tebow and Darren McFadden in 2007.
Brennan's 70.4 percent career completion percentage is best all time in the Division I ranks (minimum 875 attempts), while his three seasons with more than 4,000 passing yards and number of games 400 or more passing yards (20) are tied for most all time.
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