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'Dreadheads' key to Hawaii

NEW ORLEANS - Colt Brennan is in good hands with the 'Dreadheads,' the guys on the other end of all those passes thrown by Hawaii's record-breaking quarterback.

'Hands down, they're the best receiving corps in the nation,' Brennan said of his starting receivers. 'That's biased, I know. But they are.'

Jason Rivers, Ryan Grice-Mullen, Davone Bess and C.J. Hawthorne, who all have dreadlocks that flow from the bottom of their helmets, make up the Dreadheads and have combined for 340 receptions for 4,273 yards and 43 touchdowns.

The dreaded foursome will be key for No. 10 Hawaii as it faces No. 4 Georgia in the Sugar Bowl on Tuesday night.

While they all have similar hair and collectively could potentially pass for a Milli Vanilli cover band, each brings a different aspect to the Warriors' high-powered offense that leads the country in scoring.

Rivers (82 catches, 1,060 yards, 13 TDs), aka 'Grandfather Dreads,' is the oldest of the group and is a big, physical, possession receiver. He owns the nation's longest streak with 49 straight games with a reception.

Bess (101 catches, 1,213 yards, 12 TDs), aka 'Father Dreads,' was the first of the four to sport the dreads and has an uncanny ability to make defenders miss. He is the nation's career leader, among active players, in receiving touchdowns with 41.

Grice-Mullen (100 catches, 1,214 yards, 12 TDs), aka 'Daddy Dreads,' brings confidence and eats up defensive backs in single coverage. He ranks second nationally in receptions a game (8.3) and fifth in the nation in receiving yards (111.2).

Hawthorne (57 catches, 786 yards, six TDs), aka 'Baby Dreads,' is the smallest and fastest of the group. He's had a remarkable season, considering he was a starting defensive back last year.

Rivers, Grice-Mullen and Bess each have more than 1,000 yards receiving this season, becoming only the second trio on a team to reach the mark, joining Texas Tech's Carlos Francis, Wes Welker and Nehemiah Glover in 2003.