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Duke QB Transfer Brandon Connette to Visit Fresno State

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The former Blue Devil is in need of a change of scenery because of an illness in the family, and the Central Valley is on the short list of landing spots.

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Spring football in Fresno wrapped up a week and a half ago without a true front-runner in the race to replace Derek Carr.  Now it might be that the eventual answer will come from an outside source.

Brandon Connette will visit Fresno State when classes resume next week and could be the next Bulldogs signal caller, according to CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler.  The former Duke quarterback was one half of a signal calling duo that led the Blue Devils to a surprising ACC Coastal title in 2013, accounting for 13 passing touchdowns and 14 more on the ground.

Connette, a Corona native, wished to be closer to home because his mother has been battling cancer in recent months.  After his transfer was announced, it was speculated that he might be interested in San Jose State (where his brother is a safety), San Diego State and Fresno State.  The Spartans, however, seem content to roll with their own tandem of Joe Gray and Blake Jurich, while Quinn Kaehler still figures to be the Aztecs' starter despite missing the spring with injury.

The Bulldogs, meanwhile, are still sorting through Brian Burrell, Myles Carr and Zack Greenlee, none of whom have any more than sparse game-day experience.  Connette would be eligible to play immediately because he graduated from Duke, and he figures to be atop the depth chart if Tim DeRuyter brings him into the program.