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Derek Carr successor? QB Brandon Connette visiting Fresno State

Former Duke QB Brandon Connette could succeed Derek Carr at Fresno State. (USATSI)
Former Duke QB Brandon Connette could succeed Derek Carr at Fresno State. (USATSI)

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Fresno State appears to be looking to the ACC to usher in the post-Derek-Carr era.

Former Duke quarterback Brandon Connette, who scored a school-record 27 touchdowns last year, is scheduled to visit the Bulldogs next week and, if all goes well, is expected to sign there, according to a source.

Connette, a senior who can play right away after graduating from Duke, is looking to get closer to home because of his mother, Nancy, who underwent surgery in December to remove a brain tumor.

Fresno is about a four-hour drive from Connette's home town of Corona, Calif., and he'll get plenty of chances to develop as a passer in Dave Schramm's spread system.

Carr, who could be a first-round pick in May's draft, threw more than 50 times a game and still completed 68.7 percent of his passes.

Expecting Carr's passing production from Connette would be a bit unfair, but Connette has high-level experience after completing 90-of-145 passes for 1,212 yards, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions last season. He was especially effective in the red zone, rushing for 14 touchdowns on 101 attempts as a dual-threat quarterback to complement starter Anthony Boone.


Jeremy Fowler is a national college football insider with CBSSports.com. Fowler joined CBS in 2012 after covering the Minnesota Vikings for the St. Paul Pioneer Press for two seasons and covering the Florida Gators for the Orlando Sentinel for two years. Fowler is also a contributor to the CBS Sports Network.
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