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Report: Former Duke QB to visit Fresno State

Brandon Connette

Former Duke quarterback Brandon Connette is looking to move closer to his family back home for his final year of eligibility. Fresno State needs a starting quarterback. The two could be a match just waiting to seal the deal according to a report.

Connette will visit Fresno State next week and is expected to make a transfer official as soon as possible, according to Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com. Connette will be eligible to play right away this fall if he transfers because he is scheduled to graduate from Duke this spring. After scoring 27 touchdowns for the Blue Devils in a season that ended with an appearance in the ACC Football Championship Game and Chick-fil-A Bowl against Texas A&M, Connette is simply looking to get closer to home after his mother underwent surgery in December to remove a brain tumor.

As far as football is concerned, Connette couldĀ benefit from getting a chance to play in Fresno State’s system as well. He may not be the next Derek Carr, who leaves Fresno State having rewritten the record book during his collegiate career, but a chance to open things up in the passing game in Fresno State’s offense could help improve in the passing game.

Connette appeared in 13 games for the Duke Blue Devils in 2013. He completed 62.1 percent of his passes for 1,212 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was intercepted six times but also was a solid contributor on the ground with 337 rushing yards andĀ 14 rushing touchdowns. He could bring some of that to Fresno State as well. Fresno State has just five offensive starters returning in 2014. Connette would not be a complete plug for the Bulldogs, but he would be a solid addition to an offense looking to replace big players at key positions on offense.

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3 Responses to “Report: Former Duke QB to visit Fresno State”
  1. pvdiaz12 says: Apr 16, 2014 1:28 AM

    This would be a great addition to my dogs! Welcome to the Central Valley buddy.

  2. deeboy says: Apr 16, 2014 10:31 AM

    Connette is a warrior. After having Carr under center for 4 years, the offense will need to change a little to maximize Connette strengths. The one place where Fresno will improve is inside the 5-yard line. Duke was literally unstoppable in those situations in 2013, primarily because Connette runs like a fullback. He’s a decent thrower, but is a little erratic at times. And if for some reason, he doesn’t win the starting QB job, he can line up at fullback, tight end and H-back. He’s done then all during his time at Duke.

    If Connette does transfer to Fresno State, the dogs will have some new fans on the East Coast (at least for 2014). The Duke football family loves Connette and will root for him wherever he ends up.

  3. arob31 says: Apr 19, 2014 8:38 PM

    Well said deeboy…Brandon will be missed a lot here in Durham. Everything you want in a player and leader. And if you get inside the ten, he is money in the bank. Great set of hands too.

    And last season as the year went on, he become a very decent passer who can hit the deep ball when called upon.

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