Cole McDonald

Redshirt junior quarterback Cole McDonald addresses the media after the Rainbow Warriors won 52-31 against Army. McDonald came off the bench to throw for 250 yards and three touchdowns.

Cole McDonald will forgo his senior season with the University of Hawai'i Rainbow Warrior football team and has declared for this year's NFL draft.

The redshirt junior made the announcement Wednesday afternoon through his social media. 

"Coming to Hawai'i has been the greatest experience of my life so far," McDonald said in his post. "I learned about the aloha spirit, the kindness of the people, the spirit of aloha, and the pride that emanates every day on the island. Hawai'i changed me and taught me so many things. I would not be able to learn anywhere else. I have grown to truly love the island and its people."

McDonald finishes his UH career throwing for 8,032 yards, 70 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. He was also named Hawai'is MVP in the 2019 SoFi Hawai'i Bowl where he led the 'Bows to beat BYU 38-34. 

With McDonald gone, redshirt freshman quarterback Chevan Cordeiro is left as one of UH's top quarterbacks. 

Editor in Chief

Chavonnie Ramos has served as the Editor in Chief of Ka Leo since January 2019, and has been with student media since 2016. She is a senior majoring in Journalism and English at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.