Does anyone really care about the draft in late-May/early-June? Like, can't you guys just take the next two months off? Surely you can't be already watching tape of guys for the 2020 NFL Draft.
Oh, we're watching the tape, and don't call me Shirley.
This week the subject of my 5-Play Prospect column is going to be Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonald (surprise!). I'll have plenty of thoughts on McDonald and how I think he stacks up against the rest of the potential 2020 quarterback class going into the season, but before I put those thoughts to keyboard there's something else I need to talk about.
Something far more important...
Something that could change the game of football as we know it...
THAT'S RIGHT, FOLKS. HAWAII IS NOT ONLY HOME TO THE WORLD'S MOST ACTIVE VOLCANO, ONE-THIRD OF THE WORLD'S COMMERCIAL PINEAPPLE SUPPLY, AND IS THE WORLDWIDE LEADER IN HARVESTING MACADAMIA NUTS AND ORCHIDS, THEY ALSO HOST THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE MODERN WORLD, 250-POUND RUNNING BACK DAYTON FURUTA.
Furuta is a home island kid from Mililani High School on O‘ahu. He played linebacker in high school while he was there, but that wasn't the only sport he played. As a four-sport athlete, Furuta also wrestled, competed in judo and played basketball, in addition to being on the football team -- he won the OIA wrestling championship as a junior in 2013.
Furuta redshirted in 2015 during his first year on campus. In 2016, he started the season as a linebacker but was then moved to running back. The following year he made the switch from running back to tight end. So if you're keeping score at home that's three different positions in two seasons -- thicc and versatile: check. Most of his play came on special teams in those first two years of action, so the position label didn't matter too much. But then, in his redshirt junior season in 2018, Furuta was moved back to running back and saw a ton of playing time. He played in all 13 games, starting six of them. He was second on the team in rushing with 493 yards on 93 carries, and he even had two 100-yard games. Such performances earned him the nickname "The Furu-train".
Oh, and did I mention he's 250 pounds? Because he's 250 pounds.
He also has a super cute baby girl named Sky.
Furuta isn't wearing No. 7 anymore, which is just a damn shame since big dudes who wear single digit numbers are an endangered species that deserve to be protected. But going into his final year as a redshirt senior, I'll still have my eyes on him, as he is poised to be the starter once again.
And, if nothing else, we'll at least get those hard-to-believe screenshots of a guy looking like a Hawaiian Jerome Bettis in the backfield.