Former Duke quarterback Brandon Connette transfers to Fresno State

Friday April 25th, 2014

Brandon Connette Ex-Duke quarterback Brandon Connette is transferring to Fresno State. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Former Duke quarterback Brandon Connette has transferred to Fresno State, the Bulldogs announced on Friday. Connette, who graduated from Duke in December, will be immediately eligible to play this fall.

In a statement, Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter said the Bulldogs have added a talented quarterback in Connette.

"Our staff is fired up to have Brandon join our team this summer and strengthen our competition for quarterback," DeRuyter said. "He is a high-character, very intelligent young man that I think will fit in very well with our team. Given his experience of helping Duke and their spread offense go to the ACC championship, I think he is well positioned to compete to be our starting quarterback this fall."

Earlier this month, the Blue Devils announced that Connette would seek a transfer to be closer to his hometown of Corona, Calif., where his mother, Nancy, is battling cancer. Connette tweeted that he was "officially a Bulldog" on Thursday.

Connette completed 106-of-182 passes for 1,410 yards with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 39 career games at Duke. He also rushed 228 times for 735 yards and set a school record with 31 rushing touchdowns. Now, Connette will jump right into a competition to replace record-setting passer Derek Carr at Fresno State. Brian Burrell, who backed up Carr last season, battled with Zack Greenlee and Myles Carr during spring practice, but Connette will add an interesting wrinkle to that group in fall camp.

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