Despite scoring just 50 combined points in their three losses this season, Hawaii football head coach Todd Graham is still confident in his offense and starting quarterback Chevan Cordeiro.
"We don't have a quarterback controversy. We have a winning controversy," Graham said Tuesday. "We need to win."
And after a 17-13 loss to the defending Mountain West Conference champion San Jose State Spartans on Saturday night, the 1-3 Rainbow Warriors are attempting to regroup.
Hawaii struggled offensively, punting 11 times and converting just 4-of-their-18 third-down opportunities.
Chevan Cordeiro, meanwhile, has now completed just 67 of his 135 throws in UH losses this year, good for only 49.6% completion.
Some fans have questioned whether freshman backup Brayden Schager should get more involved in the offense. Graham reemphasized his trust in his starting QB.
"It's not a Chevan problem, it's a team problem. I've been in this game a long time enough to know when I've got a good product," Graham said. "Everyone out here knows that and our players have a lot of confidence in Chevan, and in Brayden as well. But Brayden's only been here a couple of months, he's still learning and he's going to be a great one. But Chevan is our quarterback."
Now, the Rainbow Warriors are busy preparing for a non-conference clash with former WAC rival New Mexico State in Las Cruces, NM.
For Graham, this week is all about getting back on track.
"The great thing about football is that there are more games to play," Graham said. "But that doesn't take away from that fact that we're 1-3. These things test you as a football team. How are you going to respond from adversity? We just have to play better, we're not executing."