(Honolulu-AP) -- Hawaii coach June Jones today predicted the Warriors in two years will have their first Heisman Trophy winner. Jones says sophomore quarterback Timmy Chang will win the honor given annually to the nation's top college football player if he stays healthy and continues doing what he's been doing. Chang has thrown for 3300 yards and 19 touchdowns this season.
He became Hawaii's career passing and total yards leader this season. Jones, a former NFL quarterback and coach, wouldn't say why he picked Chang's senior year to win the award and not next season. But Chang may have a tough time gaining nation attention because most of Hawaii home games start at 6:00 pm local time, five hours behind Eastern Standard Time.
He's also battled injuries, including a wrist injury in the third game of last season that sidelined him for the rest of the year. He was granted a medical hardship and allowed to return this season as a sophomore.
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