Duke QB Will Transfer to Be Closer to Sick Mother
Connette, who scored 27 total touchdowns last season, is heading back to his home state of California to be closer to his ill mother, who is currently battling a form of cancer.
"First and foremost, our prayers and concerns are with Nancy Connette and her quest for good health," Cutcliffe said, according to ESPN. "We thank Brandon for his many contributions to Duke University and our football program. We want nothing but the best for Brandon – both on the football field and off – and his personal situation is very close to our hearts. He's been an integral part of our program over the past four years, and we wish him continued success going forward."
This would be an extremely difficult situation for any young man, and I’m sure it was never in Connette’s personal wishes to leave Duke—he was a top contributor to one of the top offenses in the ACC and a member of the first team to win 10 games in school history.
Connette was also battling with senior Anthony Boone for the starting quarterback position, as the two split time under center in 2013 (although it was Boone who received the majority of snaps in passing situations).
Having already earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics this past December, Connette will be able to transfer to his school of choice (barring any pending restrictions) and have the opportunity to play right away this fall.
In terms of proximity, both UCLA and USC would be the closest FBS programs to his home city of Corona—and neither would be ideal if he hopes to earn a starting role. However, San Diego State is less than two hours away, and there’s no question that he could compete with Aztec incumbent Quinn Kaehler this summer.
There’s always the Division-1AA route, too, where Connette could end his collegiate career by being the man at local schools like Cal Poly or San Diego. But of course all of this is speculation at this point.
Connette completed 90-of-145 (62.1 percent) of his passes for 1,212 yards, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions last season, but was mostly utilized for his legs in the red zone as he rushed for 14 touchdowns on just 101 attempts.
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