Bryant Moniz

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Bryant Moniz
No. 18     Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Bryant Moniz.jpg
Moniz in 2010 with Hawaii.
Born: (1989-01-01) January 1, 1989 (age 30)
Wahiawa, Hawaii
Career information
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight215 lb (98 kg)
High schoolLeilehua (Wahiawa, Hawaii)
Career history
As player
2012Georgia Force
20142015Calgary Stampeders
2016Saskatchewan Roughriders
2018–presentHamilton Tiger-Cats
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-WAC (2011)
  • Second-team All-WAC (2010)
  • Grey Cup champion (2014)
Career stats
Games started–Games played5–5
Passing yards875

Bryant Moniz (born January 1, 1989) is an American professional gridiron football quarterback for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

Early years[edit]

Moniz was born in Wahiawā, Hawai'i. He attended Leilehua High School in Wahiawa, where he was the starting quarterback for the Leilehua Mules for three years from 2004 to 2006. As a sophomore, Moniz passed for 2,879 yards and 27 touchdowns and led Leilehua to the state championship game. He was selected as an all-state player in both football and soccer.[1]

Fresno City College[edit]

In 2007, Moniz enrolled at Fresno City College in Fresno, California. As Fresno's starting quarterback in 2007, Moniz passed for 2,268 yards and 18 touchdowns. Moniz later recalled his semester in Fresno as follows: "I lived in a studio with all eight of my animals (two bulldog puppies, two poi dogs and four rabbits). I was a real student-athlete at Fresno. I had a 4.0 (grade-point average) in my one semester there. I didn't have a car. My girlfriend was there, so I didn't go to too many parties. I pretty much went to school and played football."[2]

After one semester in Fresno, Moniz returned to Hawaii in 2008 with his girlfriend, Kiley Kealoha. The couple had a daughter who they named Cali in tribute to their time in Fresno.[2]

University of Hawaii[edit]

2009 season[edit]

In January 2009, Moniz enrolled at the University of Hawaii and joined the Hawaii Warriors football team as a non-scholarship walk-on player. Moniz began the 2009 season as Hawaii's third-string quarterback, but won the starting job after quarterbacks Brent Rausch and Greg Alexander were injured.[3] Moniz delivered pizzas to pay his school expenses and to support his daughter Cali,[4][5] becoming "somewhat of a folk hero."[6] He played his first game as a starter against Fresno State on October 10, 2009. Although Hawaii lost 42–17, Moniz passed for 283 yards, including two touchdowns and two interceptions. In his second game as a starter, Moniz passed for 360 yards and rushed for another 32 yards against Idaho. Later in the season, Moniz missed three consecutive games because of a tear in his left biceps.[7] For the season, Moniz started eight games for the 2009 Hawaii Warriors football team. He completed 182 of 319 passes for 2,396 yards and 14 touchdowns. With a quarterback rating of 239.6, he ranked 29th nationally during the 2009 college football season. He also ranked 32nd in the nation with 251.3 yards of total offense per game.

2010 season[edit]

Through the first twelve games of the 2010 season, Moniz led the Warriors to a 9–3 record as he completed 287 of 434 passes for 3,934 yards and 28 touchdowns.[8][9] After eight games, he led the nation in passing yards and total offense.[10][11][12] He threw six touchdown passes in a 66–7 win against Charleston Southern on October 2, 2010. The following week, he totaled 581 yards of total offense (532 passing yards and 49 rushing yards) in a 41–21 win over Louisiana Tech.[8][13] He led the Warriors to an upset victory over previously unbeaten Nevada on October 16, 2010, as he completed 26 of 36 passes for three touchdowns and no interceptions.[14]

2011 season[edit]

In the fourth game of the 2011 season, Moniz tied an NCAA record by throwing seven touchdown passes in the first half in a 56–14 victory over UC Davis. Moniz completed 30 of 40 passes for 424 yards in the game.

The following week, Moniz completed 34 of 55 passes for 410 yards and four touchdowns against Louisiana Tech. After nine games, Moniz has completed 245 of 390 passes for 2,710 yards and 22 touchdowns. As of November 6, 2011, he ranked eighth among all NCAA Division I FBS players in passing yardage.[15]

On November 12, 2011, in the game against Nevada, Moniz broke his right tibia after being sacked. Hawaii lost that game 42–28, and Moniz was out for the season.[16] Moniz finished his career with 10,169 passing yards and 75 passing touchdowns, both of which are third in school history.


Season Passing Rushing Total Offense
Comp Att Yds Pct TD Int Rating Att Yds Avg TD Yards
2009 182 319 2,396 57.1% 14 10 128.4 58 117 2.0 1 2,513
2010 361 555 5,040 65.0% 39 15 159.1 81 102 1.3 4 5,142
2011[17] 245 390 2,710 62.8% 22 5 137.2 80 299 3.7 8 3,009
Total 10,146 75 30 518 13 10,664

Professional career[edit]

Georgia Force[edit]

In May 2012, Bryant Moniz signed with the Georgia Force of the Arena Football League.[18] Moniz played his first professional game on June 23, 2012 against the Utah Blaze, succeeding R. J. Archer as starting quarterback after Archer signed with an NFL team. He also ran 17 yards on 5 carries.[19] In the 61–38 loss, Moniz completed 27 of 47 passes for 243 yards and 3 touchdowns.[20] Moniz won his second start with Georgia the next week over the Orlando Predators, 56–53. He threw for 7 touchdowns on 21-for-29 passing over 273 yards.[21]

Calgary Stampeders[edit]

Moniz was signed by the Calgary Stampeders on May 23, 2014. He was released in June 2016.

Saskatchewan Roughriders[edit]

On June 25, 2016, Moniz signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.[22] He fumbled in his only two plays from scrimmage as the Riders' 3rd down / short yardage quarterback. He was released from the team on July 11, 2016.[23]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats[edit]

Moniz signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on February 8, 2018.[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bryant Moniz". Hawaii Athletics. Archived from the original on 2012-04-19. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Stephen Tsai (October 7, 2010). "Moniz grew up while in Fresno". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Archived from the original on 2010-10-10. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  3. ^ "Hawaii's Moniz knows how to deliver". December 1, 2009.
  4. ^ John Henderson (September 16, 2010). "Moniz trades delivering pizza for star role as Hawaii QB". The Denver Post.
  5. ^ Stephen Tsai (September 16, 2009). "Moniz delivers as No. 2". Honolulu Advertiser.
  6. ^ Stephen Tsai (April 11, 2010). "QB Moniz on indefinite leave". Honolulu Advertiser.
  7. ^ Stephen Tsai (November 18, 2009). "Tough love for Moniz". Honolulu Advertiser. p. C.1.
  8. ^ a b "Bryant Moniz".
  9. ^ "Bryant Moniz May Be Hottest QB In Nation". October 12, 2010. Archived from the original on March 8, 2012.
  10. ^ "Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Player Report: Total Offense". National Collegiate Athletic Association. October 23, 2010. Archived from the original on December 8, 2015. Retrieved October 24, 2010.
  11. ^ "Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Player Report: Total Passing Yards". National Collegiate Athletic Association.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ Stephen Tsai (October 15, 2010). "How much mo' does the guy have to do? Hawaii quarterback Bryant Moniz tops the nation in total offense but can't get much love from the national media". Star-Advertiser.
  13. ^ "Hawaii routs Louisiana Tech 41–21". Star-Advertiser. October 2, 2010.
  14. ^ Jason Kaneshiro (October 17, 2010). "Redemption for Warriors' Moniz". Star Advertiser.
  15. ^ "NCAA Division I-A Player Passing Statistics – 2011 (Passing Yards Leaders – All Players)". Retrieved November 6, 2011.
  16. ^ "Bryant Moniz out for season with a broken tibia". Hawaii News Now. November 13, 2011. Retrieved November 19, 2011.
  17. ^ 2011 statistics through games played on November 5, 2011.
  18. ^ Tsai, Stephen (May 23, 2012). "Former UH QB Bryant Moniz signs with AFL's Georgia Force". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved July 13, 2012.
  19. ^ "Former Warriors Excel In Pro Football Leagues". Hawaii Warriors. July 3, 2012. Retrieved July 13, 2012.
  20. ^ Georgia Force @ Utah Blaze 6-23-2012 Archived July 6, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  21. ^ "Georgia Force @ Utah Blaze 6-23-2012". Arena Football Online. Retrieved May 9, 2013.[permanent dead link]
  23. ^ Sask. Roughriders [@sskroughriders] (11 July 2016). "ROSTER UPDATE: #Riders release international QB, Bryant Moniz. #CFL" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  24. ^ "Ticats sign quarterback Moniz, offensive linemen Blaser and Freeman". February 8, 2018. Retrieved May 28, 2018.

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