Hawaii’s Greg Alexander was officially named the starting quarterback today for the Rainbows’ game at Utah State on Saturday.

Alexander, who played at Piner High, was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week after coming off the bench to throw two fourth-quarter touchdowns in Hawaii’s 38-31 over Nevada.

Alexander, a junior, completed 17 of 22 passes for 205 yards and tossed a 24-yard touchdown to Malcolm Lane with 20 seconds left to win the game.

“I really like how he handled the pressure at the end of the ball game,” Hawaii coach Greg McMackin said at his weekly press conference. “Looking right into his eyes, he was a cool guy on the sideline and he was focused.”

Alexander will be making his second start of the season.

He started in Hawaii’s 56-10 season-opening loss at Florida and completed 11 of 21 passes for 57 yards with two interceptions. He had played in garbage time of a 27-7 loss to Boise State before getting another chance last week.

The Rainbows have started four quarterbacks this season …

Kansas State junior wide receiver Aubrey Quarles, a former all-state selection at SRJC, has 30 catches for 333 yards and a touchdown for the 4-4 Wildcats.

Quarles had season-highs with 9 catches for 102 yards in a 44-30 win against Texas A&M on Oct. 11.

But he followed with just 2 catches for 11 yards in a 14-13 loss to Colorado. Last week, Kansas State coach Ron Prince decided to start Ernie Pierce in Quarles’ place after watching Pierce in pre-game warm-ups.

It’s hard to argue with the decision. Pierce had 11 catches for 176 yards in a 58-35 loss to Oklahoma …