Bryant "Mo" Moniz has traveled to northern Georgia after he signed with the Georgia Force of the Arena Football League. Moniz, who was the University of Hawaii Warriors starting quarterback for the past couple seasons, will be active for Georgia's next game against the Kansas City Command Saturday May 26.
The AFL is in the middle of their season which started a couple months ago. Georgia's current record is 6-4.
Moniz was born and raised in Wahiawa and played high school ball for the Mighty Mules of Leilehua. After a season in junior college, he walked on at Hawaii. Before his first year with the Warriors was over, he was the starter - until he broke his shin bone down around his ankle two years later in a critical game at Reno, Nevada. The injury in 2011 ended his career at Hawaii and probably ended the Warriors chances at a bowl game. And note that he entered 2011 as a Heisman hopeful before a subpar season for him and the team ruined that chance.
The 6'1" 200 pounder is a very athletic quarterback who can be a pocket passer or throw on the move. He threw for 10,146 yards and 75 touchdowns with only 30 interceptions during his college career at Manoa. He's quick, strong with a decent arm and is exceedingly tough. His chances at a job in pro football didn't look good when he wasn't drafted, plus no one signed him as an undrafted free agent.
Seemingly, he is healthy from the broken ankle but since he doesn't have classic NFL size or athletic abilities, Mo's football career seemed over until Georgia came calling. Also, because his injury didn't allow him to take part in the running and jumping drills at a Pro Day camp (source - Star Advertiser), there was little scouts or coaches could gauge as to whether he was capable or not.
Moniz kept it simple and succinct in how he felt about the opportunity when he said: "It's pretty cool."
Sources - University of Hawaii, Star-Advertiser
Through thick and thin, Daryle has been a huge fan of Hawaii since visiting there 40 years ago and dozens of times since. Go 'Bows!
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