April 25, 2014
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State head football coach Tim DeRuyter announced Friday that Brandon Connette has signed a grant-in-aid athletic aid agreement with the Bulldogs to enroll in school and be eligible to play for the 'Dogs this coming 2014 season.
Connette graduated with a degree in economics from Duke in December 2013, thus making him eligible to transfer without having to sit out a season per NCAA rules. After four seasons at Duke, which included one year where he received a medical hardship waiver in 2011, Connette has one season of eligibility remaining to fulfill at Fresno State.
"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."
He played in 39 career games at Duke, drawing four starts. Connette completed 106-of-182 (.582) passes for 1,410 yards with 16 TDs and eight interceptions while rushing 228 times for 735 yards (3.22 ypc) and 31 TDs in his Duke career.
Connette led Duke in rushing touchdowns in 2010, 2012 and 2013 and is one of just three quarterbacks in ACC history to rush for 30-plus scores in a career, joining the Georgia Tech tandem of Tevin Washington (38) and Joshua Nesbitt (35).
He holds Duke records for rushing touchdowns and rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. Also on Duke's career charts, he ranks tied for second for most touchdown passes in two consecutive games (7 vs. Pitt  & Troy  in 2013), third in points per game (6.06), seventh in total points (194) and 24th in passing yardage. He is the only player in Duke history to rush for eight-plus touchdowns in three seasons.
Connette is a native of Corona, Calif. where he prepped at Santiago High School, the same high school of current Bulldog linebacker Ejiro Ederaine.
He is the son of Allen and Nancy Connette and his brother, Simon, is a member of the San Jose State football team.
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