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Former UH QB Cordeiro is finding love for the game after transferring

Former UH QB Cordeiro is finding love for the game after transferring

  • San Jose State quarterback Chevan Cordeiro throws a pass during the second half of an NCAA football game against Auburn, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Nearly a year after transferring from the University of Hawaii to San Jose State, quarterback Chevan Cordeiro said he has a renewed love for football.

During a Zoom call with reporters today, Cordeiro acknowledged what he perceived as a “toxic” atmosphere that sapped morale last year under then-UH coach Todd Graham. Four days after the end of the 2021 regular season, Cordeiro entered the transfer portal. That led to more defections, state senate hearings on the welfare of the football program and Graham’s resignation. Timmy Chung, a former record-setting quarterback at UH, was hired as Graham’s successor in January. The Rainbow Warriors wrap up the regular season with a road game Saturday against SJSU under Cordeiro.

“I just wanted to change,” Cordeiro said. “Now my teammates in Hawaii love soccer. I love football again. To all who transferred (from UH), have fun. That was the purpose of the show, just trying to make a difference.”

Cordeiro recalled the struggles of his fourth – and final – season with the Rainbow Warriors. The televised shows caught Cordeira and Bo Graham, who was the offensive coordinator at the time, arguing on the sideline.

“Last year, it was hard to wake up and go to practice,” Cordeiro said. “I didn’t have a smile on my face. And now, I mean, I love coming to practice, watching film with (offensive coordinator Kevin) McGiven and (football analyst) Lyle (Moveao), coach (Brent) Brennan. Just hanging out with the team in the locker room.”

Cordeiro said his former UH teammates understand why he gave up his captaincy to transfer.

“We still have that connection,” Cordeiro said. “They are still my brothers. I fought with them for four years. It was a grind. We have been through hard times. Now there is light at the end of the tunnel. They are happy. I am happy. I can’t wait to see them.”

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