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Brandon Connette to transfer

Brandon Connette, quarterback for the Duke Blue Devils will be transferring for his final season of eligibility. Connette’s reasoning for leaving isn’t for petty reasons, but rather for family reasons. His mother was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. Connette wants to be closer to Corona, Calif., where his mother resides.

“First and foremost, our prayers and concerns are with Nancy Connette and her quest for good health,” head coach David Cutcliffe said.  “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.”

“I could not be more appreciative of Coach Cutcliffe for his understanding of this situation,” Connette said in a statement.  “Being away from my family during my mother’s illness has been the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to endure.  I’m thankful that Duke University afforded me so many incredible opportunities, academically, athletically and socially, and will always hold my experience here in the highest regard.”

As of this time it is unclear where Connette will play this season, as he has not named a specific institution.

Where ever Connette ends up, the school will benefit from his leadership and skill on the field. He helped Duke have their first 10 win season in school history, completing 90 of 145 passes (.621) for 1,212 yards. He threw 13 touchdowns and six interceptions on the season. On foot, Connette had 101 rushing attempts for 337 yards and 14 touchdowns.

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