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July 9, 2013

Longhorn QB elects to transfer

When Connor Brewer committed to Texas in early February of 2011, he was the first commitment in the Longhorns' 2012 recruiting class. Now, after a redshirt season in the program, Brewer has elected to transfer.

A source close to Brewer confirmed on Tuesday night that Brewer has decided to leave the Texas program. A transfer destination is not expected to be announced until Brewer knows for certain where he'll wind up.

A Scottsdale (AZ) Chaparral product, Brewer was hand-selected by former Texas co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin, who left UT to become head coach at Arkansas State in December of last year.

Brewer enrolled early at Texas in January of 2012, allowing him to go through spring football in March of that year. But with Texas featuring two experienced quarterbacks during the 2012 season in David Ash and Case McCoy, Brewer took a redshirt during the season.

Heading into 2013, Ash is the established starter and McCoy an experienced back-up. Brewer was in a battle to be third on the depth chart, but the strong spring performance of true freshman Tyrone Swoopes clouded Brewer's position on the depth chart.

A four-star prospect coming out of Chaparral, Brewer committed to Texas over offers from Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Michigan, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Washington.

An Under Armour All-American, Brewer helped lead Chaparral to three straight state championships. As a senior, he completed 180 of 286 passes for 3,001 yards with 43 touchdowns against just 5 interceptions.

The decision to leave Texas was not one that was taken lightly. Brewer had - and still has - extremely strong feelings about the Longhorn football program but he decided to make a move that was best for his future, a source said.


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