Former Central Michigan quarterback Quinten Dormady has accepted an invitation to participate in the revived Hula Bowl, a scouting combine bowl game which has been on a decade-long hiatus, per reports. Central Michigan Life was the first to report, with the bowl confirming the report later via Twitter.
Dormady, who started in 10 of CMU’s 14 games this season, went 190-of-294 (64.6 percent) for 2,312 passing yards for 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions, going 6-4 as the starting QB. The former Tennessee and Houston gunslinger was the original starter out of fall camps, but fell with injury in the Wisconsin game, knocking him out of four games at the start of the MAC season.
Dormady came back for the tail end of the season, leading the Chippewas to the MAC West division title with three-straight wins (and four in five games coming off injury) to secure CMU’s first trip to Mt. Pleasant since 2009.
Dormady is one of two CMU players to accept scouting combine bowl invitations so far, with running back Jonathan Ward accepting an invitation to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
The Hula Bowl is set to be played at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium, returning the bowl game to its roots on the island of Oahu. The game was put on hiatus 11 years ago due to a lack of financial support and a bevy of ownership changes, but has been revived under the leadership of former Hawai’i and NFL player Rich Miano.
Teams will be not be divided by geography, instead being placed onto “Aina” or “Kai” teams (Hawai’ian for “Land” and “Water”, respectively) to be led by former NFL head coaches Rex Ryan and Mike Smith. The rosters will include invited American players from all divisions of competition, with a focus on international players from Japan, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, as well as players with ancestral ties to Polynesian tribes.
The game is set to be played on Sat., Jan. 26 at 10:30 p.m. EST (5:30 p.m. local time) and will be aired nationally on CBS Sports Network.