Timmy the Kid, the Hawai'ian Gunslinger

Hawai'i quarterback Timmy Chang has excelled in Coach June Jones' run and shoot offense, compiling eye-popping statistics during his career. In this article, we take a look at the prospect many experts believe will go high in next year's NFL draft.

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     Hawai'i fifth-year senior quarterback Timmy Chang leads the Rainbow Warriors into Bronco Stadium Friday night with some mighty statistics.  This season, Chang has completed 166 of 282 passes for 1,977 yards (8th in the nation) with 15 touchdown passes and only 3 interceptions.  Chang's career passing yards (14,791), attempts (2116), completions (1196) and 94 touchdown passes are tops among active NCAA quarterbacks.  The all-time record for career passing records is 15,031 yards set by Brigham Young's Ty Detmer in 1988-91, leaving Chang just 240 yards shy.  Chang is also just 79 yards short of Detmer's WAC record of 15,031 yards of total offense.  Chang also just passed Peyton Manning to move into 7th on the career list for TD passes.  The senior is averaging over 320 yards passing per game for his college career.  On a dubious note, Chang is also the active leader in interceptions with 70 and is just 3 shy of that record as well.   


     On a web site promoting Chang for the Heisman Trophy, his head coach at Hawai'i, June Jones, said the following:  "I see his ability to anticipate, I see his vision, and I see his release, which is Dan Marino-like, to be major pluses."

     At the beginning of this season, NFLDraftBlitz.com listed the following among his positives:   


One of the most prolific passers in NCAA history.  Chang has averaged just over 320 yards a game for his career.  With only 2,218 yards to go, he should overtake Ty Detmer as the all time leader in passing yards.  Will hit tremendous hot streaks.  Above average arm strength.  Good mental makeup.  Chang will not be fazed by interceptions or poor performances.


     As for Chang's negatives, the web site had this to say:

      Streaky.  Chang plays in a run-and-shoot offense at Hawaii that is nothing near that of an NFL    scheme.  The majority of his snaps have come from the shotgun.  It is not uncommon for Chang to lock into a single receiver during a drive.  No threat to run.  His accuracy is suspect.  His throwing motion needs to be refined for the NFL.


     The senior Rainbow Warrior quarterback was on both the Davey O'Brien Award and Maxwell Award pre-season Watch lists for 2004.  Chang was selected as the 2004 WAC pre-season Offensive Player of the year after earning Honorable Mention in 2003, All-WAC Second Team as a sophomore in 2002 and being named as the WAC Freshman of the Year in 2000. 


     The 6-2, 194-pound quarterback from St. Louis High School in Oahu …earned three letters in both football and basketball and was elected a prep all-American by eight major organizations and publications.  In his high school career, Chang completed 491 passes for 8,115 yards and 114 touchdowns, finishing as the sixth-ranked high school passer of all-time in touchdown passes and 21st all-time in passing yards.   In his senior year, Chang passed for 64 touchdowns, one short of the national record.  He was named as the C. David Baker National Prep Football Player of the Year by the Dick Butkus Football Network.


     Chang's statistics and records are listed below.  He is very comfortable in Coach Jones' style of offense and has had plenty of experience.  Without a doubt, he is one of the most highly-publicized quarterbacks to ever visit Bronco Stadium.  Whether the Bronco defense is up to the challenge will go a long way in deciding Friday night's outcome.  One thing's for sure:  Chang will keep the statisticians busy!



  In his three seasons at the helm of Hawai‘i's Run-and-Shoot offense Timmy Chang has set or tied 36 new school-records and eight conference records:


Quarter: 30 vs. San Jose State, Oct. 28, 2000 (2nd qtr., completed 12)
Half: 45 vs. San Jose State, Oct. 28, 2000 (1st half, completed 20)
Game: 70 vs. Rice, Sept. 27, 2003 (completed 42)*
Season: 624 in 2002 (completed 349)*
Career: 1,834, (completed 1,030)*

Quarter (Tied) : 15 vs. Fresno State, Oct. 11, 2003 (1st qtr., attempted 20)
Half: 29 vs. Fresno State, Oct. 11, 2003 (1st half, attempted 37)
Game: 42 vs. Rice, Sept. 27, 2003 (attempted 70)
Season: 353 in 2003 (attempted 601)
Career: 1,030 (attempted 1,834)*

Completions Per Game
Season: 27.15 (353 in 13 games)
Career: 25.75 (1,030 in 40 games)

Completions In Two Consecutive Games
79; at UNLV (37), Sept. 19, and vs. Rice (42), Sept. 27, 2003

Completions In Three Consecutive Games
111; at USC (32), Sept. 13; at UNLV (37), Sept. 19, and vs. Rice (42), Sept. 27, 2003

Completions In Four Consecutive Games
140 at UNLV (37), Sept. 19; vs. Rice (42), Sept. 27; at Tulsa (21), Oct. 4; and vs. Fresno State (40),
Oct. 11, 2003

Completions Percentage
(min. 150) 58.7%, in 2003 (353 of 601)
(min. 200) 58.7% in 2003 (353 of 601)
(min. 300) 56.7% (1,030 of 1,834)

Game: 5 at Rice, Oct. 21, 2000 (attempted 48)
Season: 22 in 2002 (attempted 624)
Career: 67 (attempted 1,834)*

Season: 4,474 (2002)
Career: 12,814

Yards Per Game
Career: 320.4, 2000-03 (12,814 in 40)

Consecutive 200-Yard Games
Career: 14 (Sept. 30, 2001 vs. Tulsa through Sept. 6, 2002 at Brigham Young)

Yards Per Attempt
(min. 35 att.) 11.6 vs. Louisiana Tech, Oct. 18, 2003
(46 attempts for 534yards)

Passing Touchdowns
Career: 79

Consecutive Games Throwing A Passing Touchdown
Season (Tied): 11 (Sept. 21, 2002 at UTEP through Dec. 7, 2002
vs. San Diego State)
Career: 13 (Sept. 30, 2000 vs. Tulsa through Aug. 31, 2002 vs. Eastern Illinois)

Total Offense:

Game: 77 vs. Rice, Sept. 27, 2003 (429 yards)*
Season: 663 in 2002 (4,457 yards)*
Career: 1,948 (12,637 yards)*
Yards Gained
Season: 4,457 in 2002 (-17 rushing, 4,474 passing)
Career: 12,637 (-177 rushing, 12,814 passing)
Yards Gained Per Game
Career: 315.9 (12,637 in 40 games)
Touchdowns Responsible For
Career: 83 (79 passing)

* denotes Western Athletic Conference record


Career Highs
Passing Yards in Game: 534, at Louisiana Tech 10/18/03
Passing Attempts in Game: 70, vs. Rice 9/27/03
Passing Completions in Game: 42, vs. Rice 9/27/03
Passing Touchdowns in Game: 5 (3X), vs. Fresno State 10/11/03; at Louisiana Tech
10/18/03; vs. Houston 12/25/03
Passing Completions Percentage:71.74% (33 of 46), at Louisiana Tech 10/18/03
Passing Efficiency: 194.39, vs. Eastern Illinois 8/31/02

32 career games with 300 or more yards
8 career games with 400 or more yards
1 career game with 500 or more yards

Touchdown Passes
Has thrown a touchdown pass in 40 of 46 games
32 career games with multiple touchdown passes
4 career games with four or more touchdown passes
3 career games with five touchdown passes

17 Consecutive 200-yard games (Sept. 30, 2001 vs. Tulsa through Sept. 6, 2002 at Brigham Young)
17 Consecutive games with a TD pass (Sept. 30, 2000 vs. Tulsa through Aug. 31, 2002 vs. Eastern Illinois)
12 Consecutive games with multiple TD passes (Oct. 28, 2000 vs. San Jose State through Aug. 31, 2002 vs. Montana)
9 consecutive games with 300 or more yards (before Nov. 18, 2000 vs. Louisiana Tech through Aug. 31, 2002 vs. Eastern Illinois)


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