The Warrior football team will welcome an unfamiliar face to its starting quarterback position this season.
Junior Sean Schroeder, a Duke University transfer, has been named the Warriors’ starting quarterback and will lead the team’s new pro-style offense under first-year head coach Norm Chow.
‘THE OLDER GUY’
Schroeder was born and raised in southern California. He attended Dana Hills High School and was rated as the 29th best quarterback in the nation by ESPN. As a senior, he threw for 2,826 yards and 31 touchdowns with a 65.6 completion percentage.
Schroeder then went on to accept a full scholarship to play at Duke University. He redshirted as a freshman in 2009, and did not see game action in the next two seasons.
He graduated in three years with a degree in political science. As a graduate, NCAA regulation allows Schroeder to play immediately following his transfer to Hawai‘i. He is now a graduate student pursuing his master’s degree in human resource management.
“I bring a leadership presence to the huddle and a level of maturity because I am the older guy,” said Schroeder.
In the competition for a starting quarterback, Chow looked for two requirements – command of the huddle and pro-style offense. Schroeder excelled in both of these areas.
“He’s smart. He’s mature. He’s had a whole language [pro-style offense] to pick up, which he’s done very effectively,” said Chow.
The transition from Duke to Hawai‘i has been smooth for Schroeder because of the similar offenses run at each school.
“It’s very, very similar at Duke – some of the pro-style system. Coach [David] Cutcliffe, my head coach at Duke, and coach Chow, are kind of known in the college football world as offensive geniuses, and they kind of run similar offenses,” said Schroeder.
Despite the early praise from his coaches, Schroeder understands the challenge in leading this year’s team in the new Mountain West Conference and rebounding from last season’s 6-7 record. However, he has not let any obstacles come in the way of setting high expectations for the upcoming season.
“Hopefully, I can get this team to a bowl game and challenge for the Mountain West title. That’s our goal,” said Schroeder.
Hawai‘i fans will get a first look at Schroeder and the Warriors in action at No. 1 USC on Sept. 1 in a nationally televised game at the LA Coliseum.