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Football signs Duke transfer, will compete for starting quarterback spot

Fresno State football coach Tim DeRuyter announced Friday the signing of a grant-in-aid agreement with Brandon Connette for the 2014 season.

This agreement will allow Connette to enroll at Fresno State and be eligible to play for the Bulldogs in the 2014 season.

Connette comes to Fresno State from Duke where he graduated in December with a degree in economics. Because he earned his degree, NCAA rules allow him to transfer without having to sit out a season.

A southern California native, Connette wanted to transfer to a program closer to his family, specifically his mother who is battling cancer.

Last season at Duke, Connette played in 13 games, completing 90 of 145 passes for 1,212 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also holds the career rushing record at Duke with 31 touchdowns.

"Our staff is fired up to have Brandon join our team this summer and strengthen our competition for quarterback," DeRuyter told "He is a high-character, very intelligent young man that I think will fit in very well with our team.

Connette will not be able to participate in offseason workouts until he is enrolled in summer school in June.

“Given his experience of helping Duke and their spread offense go to the ACC championship,” DeRuyter said,” “I think he is well positioned to compete to be our starting quarterback this fall."

Prior to Connette’s commitment, the most likely candidate for quarterback for next season was junior Brian Burrell, who lacks experience.

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