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PRO: The Titans selected quarterback Cole McDonald with a seventh-round pick (224th overall) in the 2020 NFL Draft. He brings prototypical arm strength, size and athleticism to the team's quarterback depth. He passed for 8,032 yards and 70 touchdowns during his career at Hawaii, conducting a wide open offensive attack. He was a two-year starter for the Rainbow Warriors (2018-19) after redshirting for one season and playing one season as a reserve. He became the third Hawaii quarterback drafted in the NFL, joining Colt Brennan and Larry Arnold.
• After going to the University of Hawaii, he got a tattoo of the state of Hawaii on his left arm and grew dreadlocks. The dreadlocks were a result of his relationship with Bryant Moniz, a former Hawaii quarterback who had dreadlocks. "He shared his story with me and how he did it," McDonald says, "and then I decided to do it. Over the years, it became part of my story."
• He helped coach a youth football team during his time in Hawaii.
• McDonald only had one offer coming out of high school. He was set to go to junior college, but at 1 a.m. on signing day, Hawaii called and offered him a spot. Although he never before visited the school, he accepted immediately.
• He is interested in visual and performing arts — "anything that allows people to express themselves."
• During his last two years in Hawaii, he spent time working at weddings doing setup, serving food and cleaning.
• The La Mirada, Calif., native was selected by the Titans in the seventh round (224th overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft.
• After redshirting in 2016, McDonald was a reserve in 2017 before taking control as the starter in 2018. In 33 career games, including 24 starts, he completed 616 of 1,004 passes for 8,032 yards, 70 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. He added 880 yards and 12 touchdowns on 251 career rushing attempts. He finished in Hawaii's top five in nearly a dozen career statistical categories, including finishing fourth in all-time passing yards, attempts, completions, touchdowns and total offense (8,912). During his career he registered 13 career 300-yard games and six games with 400 or more yards. His team was 10-3 when he threw for more than 300 yards and 5-1 with at least 400 yards. Joined Timmy Chang and Colt Brennan as the only quarterbacks in program history to pass for 3,000 yards in two or more seasons.
AS A JUNIOR (2019), appeared in 13 games with 12 starts, completing 326 of 511 passes (63.8 percent) for 4,135 yards, 33 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Added 101 rushing attempts for 383 yards and seven touchdowns. Named second-team All-Mountain West Conference and selected as Hawaii's Alec Waterhouse Team MVP. Ranked third nationally in passing yards, sixth in total offense (322.7 per game), seventh in passing yards per game (295.4), eighth in passing touchdowns and ninth in points responsible for (242). Led the Mountain West with a 147.6 passing efficiency rating. Became the fourth Hawaii quarterback to reach 4,000 passing yards in a season.
• Against Oregon State (9/7), passed for 421 yards and four touchdowns.
• At Nevada (9/28), earned Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week honors after throwing for 312 yards and four touchdowns in a 54-3 win.
• Against Air Force (10/19), matched a career high with 34 completions, passing for 404 yards and three touchdowns.
• At New Mexico (10/26), set a career high with 140 rushing yards, including a career-long 76-yarder.
• Against BYU in the SoFi Hawaii Bowl (12/24), threw for a career high 493 yards and accounted for five touchdowns — four passing and one rushing — in a win. Named the bowl game's MVP.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2018), played in 13 games with 12 starts, completing 285 of 484 passes for 3,875 yards, 36 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also was the team's third-leading rusher with 359 yards on and four touchdowns 134 carries. Ranked sixth nationally in passing touchdowns and placed eighth in passing yards, passing yards per game (298.1), total offense (325.7) and points responsible (246). Finished the season with 40 total touchdowns, the fifth most in UH single-season annals. Registered three games more than 400 yards passing on the season, becoming the sixth UH quarterback in history to do so. Earned All-Mountain West honorable mention, named the team's Coach June Jones Offensive MVP and appeared on the Maxwell Award and Manning Award watch lists.
• At Colorado State (8/25), tallied 418 passing yards in a season-opening win, setting a team record for the most passing yards in a starting debut.
• Against Navy (9/1), set a career high with six passing touchdowns, earning Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week, Davey O'Brien "Great 8" and Manning Award "Stars of the Week" honors.
• At San Diego State (11/24), threw for a then-career-high 452 yards on 29-of-46 passing. Named the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week and added Manning Award "Stars of the Week" honors.
AS A REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2017), played in six games as a backup. Completed five passes on nine attempts for 22 yards and one touchdown. Added 16 carries for 138 yards and a score.
• Against Western Carolina (9/2), made his first career appearance late in the win.
• At UCLA (9/9), led a fourth-quarter scoring drive that included a 58-yard run and an eight-yard touchdown run, the first of his career. Finished with three rushes for 75 yards against the Bruins.
• Against San Jose State (10/14), completed the first touchdown pass of his career when he found Dakota Torres in the back of the end zone for a four-yard score.
AS A TRUE FRESHMAN (2016), redshirted.
• Majored in business management at Hawaii.
• Attended Sonora (La Habra, Calif.) High School, where as a senior he completed 134 of 215 passes for 2,313 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushed for 1,091 yards and 10 scores. Led the Raiders to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division playoffs. Earned All-Freeway League first-team honors and Whittier Daily News second-team All-Area honors. Named MVP of the San Gabriel Valley Hall of Fame All-Star Game.
• As a high school junior, passed for 1,372 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed for 725 yards and six scores.
• As a high school sophomore, accumulated 850 yards passing and 199 yards rushing, with seven total touchdowns.
• Also ran track, competing in the 100-meter, 200-meter and relay teams, and played baseball (shortstop, centerfield, pitcher) and basketball.
• Son of John and Rona McDonald.
• Nickname is "C-Money."
• Has a dog named Lani, which means "heaven" in Hawaiian.
• Follow McDonald on Twitter at @colehunter520.
• Follow McDonald on Instagram at @king_colleee.
• List of favorites includes (TV shows) "The Office," "The Blacklist," and (movie) "300."
• Born Cole Hunter McDonald on May 20, 1998 in Orange, Calif.