Report: Arizona QB Brewer will transfer

Connor Brewer joined the Wildcats in the summer of 2013 after transferring from Texas.

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Arizona Wildcats quarterback Connor Brewer, who was fourth string last season, has been released from scholarship and intends to transfer, according to a tweet by ESPN’s Joe Schad on Tuesday night.

This will be the second transfer for Brewer, a former four-star recruit from Scottsdale Chaparral. He attended Texas in the 2012 season, transferred to Arizona in the summer of 2013 and became eligible in 2014.

He competed for the job in the spring and fall but was behind redshirt freshman Anu Solomon, senior Jesse Scroggins and junior Jerrard Randall. Brandon Dawkins, who redshirted this season, will join the mix this spring.

Brewer will have a degree, according to Schad, which would make him eligible next season as a graduate transfer if he stays in the Football Bowl Subdivision. He has two seasons of eligibility left. He would be immediately eligible at a lower-division school withouth the degree.

At Arizona, Brewer rejoined his childhood friend and former Chaparral teammate DaVonte’ Neal, who spent one season at Notre Dame before also joining the Wildcats after the 2012 season. Brewer helped lead Chaparral to three consecutive state titles as he threw for 100 touchdowns and the team posted a 41-2 record in that span.

Brewer, known more as a pro-style passer, seemed somewhat of an odd fit for Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez’s system.

"He’s a very smart kid," quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Rod Smith told duirng fall camp. "He puts the ball in good places. He doesn’t have the greatest arm. He doesn’t wow you with his athleticism. But he’s pretty cerebral. He has good control, a presence about him."’

Brewer appeared in two games in mop-up time and did not attempt a pass.

His greatest contribution might have been the player who followed him from Texas to Arizona — former five-star receiver Cayleb Jones. Jones, eligible this season as a sophomore, led the team with 73 catches for 1,019 yards and nine touchdowns.

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