Former Washington Redskins 6th round draft pick Colt Brennan passed away at the way-too-young age of 37 two years ago. Brennan was a star in college at the University of Hawaii and brought that hype with him to Washington in 2008. Brennan was a cult sensation during his brief time here, and was the inspiration for the annual Mason/Brennan Preseason Hype! Awards here at Hogs Haven.
This was started as a tongue-in-cheek tribute to players that fans push to the moon before they play a snap, or after one great performance in the preseason. But it also puts the focus on some of the unheralded players who fans hype up and have a fighter’s chance at making Washington’s roster. Colt Brennan was a great college player that lit up the preseason, but injuries and other issues saw him flame out in the NFL early. RIP Colt and thanks for the inspiration.
(*Editor’s note: The text from the below description is word-for-word from the original fanpost that started this award in 2013)
Every season, a new class of draft picks and undrafted free agents are signed during the preseason. The majority of these players will never be on the roster for a regular season game, but the few diamond in the rough late round/UDFA players who do bring hope to players and fans. That racetrack betting slip that you find on the floor that someone didn’t scout properly.
Redskins fans are very familiar with the hype that comes with the offseason, especially over the last two decades of dreary seasons. Between the overpriced free agent signings, and the overhyped preseason performances by rookies, we were the perennial offseason champions. Names like Marko Mitchell, Marcus Mason, Brandon Banks, and everyone’s favorite Colt Brennan became legendary in training camp and preseason, only to be relegated to the practice squad or the bowels of the depth chart, never to be heard from again. Last year’s preseason hero was Alfred Morris who rose up due to injury and necessity after being deemed a practice squad candidate by many, and we all know how that turned out.
Hype is a very real, and very exciting part of football in the preseason. We all read the daily training camp reports and get excited at the prospect of a late round pass rusher getting sack after sack on 3rd string offensive lineman, or a wide receiver catching everything thrown his way, or a running back who’s not injured.
The Mason/Brennan award has been given out unofficially by the fans for years to each preseason’s most hyped players, but now we’re going to make it official, and bring it to a vote. This week’s vote will cover the draft and training camp. Place your vote for who you feel has been the most hyped player up to this point, whether the hype is deserved or not. After each preseason game a new vote will be taken to see how the hype changes.
1. Player must have been drafted late or signed by the Redskins as an undrafted free agent. Players that have only been on other teams practice squads that are signed by the team are also eligible.
2. A player that has been on the team for several years is still eligible if most of that time has been spent on the practice squad, inactive, or with very limited productivity/time
The Keenan “the Barbarian” Robinson Amendment: only 6th round draft picks or later for their first two years in the league.
Mason Brooks, OG - UDFA (2023) - Brooks was a priority UDFA signing after this year’s draft. His hype blew up in training camp three weeks ago, and has continued throughout camp as he battles veterans and make Juan Castillo jump for joy. Brooks didn’t jump out during the Browns game, but his mullet did during training camp.
All aTwitter: 20 August 2023 - Commanders say goodbye to fans at training camphttps://t.co/qQezUsemSI— COMMANDERS FOOTBALL (@HogsHaven) August 20, 2023
Mitch Tinsley, WR - UDFA (2023) - Another priority UDFA signing on offense, Mitch Tinsley has been making some highlight reel plays in camp, and made more plays vs the Browns. Expect him to shine again vs the Ravens and Bengals as he fights for one of the last spots on the team.
Clutch grab by Tinsley on third down. Commanders now closing in on the red zone— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) August 12, 2023
Kazmeir Allen, WR - UDFA(2023) - Allen’s hype has been building back up from when he was initially signed as the Dax Milne replacement. A few training camp TDs and some preseason returns have relit his hype fire.
Even though this was brought back for a holding call - I think we have found our return specialist in Kazmeir Allen pic.twitter.com/DCrLRH4rBn— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) August 12, 2023
Kaz Allen returning a punt from the 6. Gutsy, trying to make plays, ended up getting 10 yards but man some risk there.— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) August 12, 2023
Kaz Allen has some quicks. Showed some patience, then hit it and went.— John Keim (@john_keim) August 12, 2023
Jake Fromm just overthrowed Zion Bowens yet it somehow ends up in the hands of Kaz Allen 25 yards downfield #HTTC— Mason Kinnahan (@Mason_Kinnahan) August 19, 2023
Chris Rodriguez, RB -6th round(2023) - Chris Rodriguez is considered a lock to make the team, but his hype has catapulted him to taking Brian Robinson’s starting job!
So, my “take” here is not that Rodriguez is simply going to make the roster, but that by the end of the pre-season he should supplant Brian Robinson as the team’s work horse back. This is less a negative commentary on Robinson - whose recovery from his injuries last season was nothing short of miraculous - than it is an assessment that Rodriguez is simply too talented to languish on the bench as RB3.
Really love the way Rodriguez is running the ball. He's bowling through defenders everytime he touches the ball— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) August 12, 2023
Prediction: Fans are going to love Chris Rodriguez.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) August 12, 2023
He runs so physically. He's got a lot of Brian Robinson to him. He had some legendarily angry runs at Kentucky. He rarely ever goes down with one defender on the stop. Absolute sledge hammer.
One guarantee on this Earth: Chris Rodriguez is going to get you 7+ yards on every single play.— CatsCoverage.com (@Cats_Coverage) August 14, 2023
Chris Rodriguez does a good job of hitting the hole hard when the ball is in his hands. When he gets going, it’s hard to stop him— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) August 18, 2023
Alex Armah, FB/TE - FA signing (2021) - Armah has been with the team for a few years, but hasn’t had a lot of playing time. Is fullback making a comeback in Washington?
Alex Armah really impresses me as a blocker. He did a nice job of engaging with Darrick Forrest in the open field to give Curtis Samuel plenty of room to run down the sideline— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) August 18, 2023
Tariq Castro-Fields, CB - Waivers (2022) - Castro-Fields was picked up on waivers before the start of last season, but he went on IR in October. He’s continued to make plays in camp, and will be in a dog fight for a roster spot.
Nice PBU by Castro-Fields working against Pringle. EB really emphasizing to his players that they need to fight for the ball— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) August 14, 2023
Christian Holmes, CB - 7th Round (2022) - Holmes played just over 100 snaps on defense last season, but was seen by many as a long-shot to make the team this season. He was showing up in camp, and almost made the cut for last week’s list. Holmes turned some heads vs the Browns with some big hits, and is looking to make the team with some more highlight plays vs the Ravens
Christian Holmes with a great pass breakups by delivering a nice hit on Anthony Schwartz— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) August 12, 2023
Holmes has had a nice summer. Nice pop on the last series. Key special teamer (they really like as a gunner).— John Keim (@john_keim) August 12, 2023
Christian Holmes has broken up two passes with big hits after the catch. Good start for him.— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) August 12, 2023
Andre Jones, DE - 7th Round (2023) - Andre Jones is getting the hype that 5th round pick KJ Henry was traded up for to get. When he was drafted, you needed to deep dive on his college career and highlights, but now he’s getting reps with the 1s and looking like another late round find ala Kam Curl. Hype!
Forcing himself onto the roster, which is gonna make for some interesting decisions. Jones size/speed numbers are crazy too https://t.co/46WHm5uVTK— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) August 12, 2023
Andre Jones getting reps with the 1s again. He is making this roster. #HTTC— PedroSchmith (@PedroSchmithYT) August 18, 2023
Andre Jones is getting in the backfield A LOT today. #HTTC— Josh Taylor (@JoshTaylorFB) August 18, 2023
Who wins the Week 1 Mason/Brennan Preseason Hype! Award?
This poll is closed
OG Mason Brooks
WR Mitch Tinsley
WR Kazmeir Allen
RB Chris Rodriguez
FB/TE Alex Armah
CB Tariq Castro-Fields
CB Christian Holmes
DE Andre Jones