Wake up, UA fans…QB Connor Brewer is leaving Texas

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If that blur that went streaking through Sky Harbor airport emitted a blue and red coloration, it was probably Rich Rodriguez heading for Texas.

The University of Arizona‘s head football coach – and the rest of college football – just found out that Connor Brewer is ready to transfer out of the Texas Longhorn program and hasn’t decided yet where he’s heading. Understandably, RichRod would like that to be Tucson.

And he might even have a good chance of it happening.

Three years ago, Arizona was one of the two original major-college programs to offer a scholarship to the highly-recruited quarterback out of Chaparral High School in Scottsdale.  The other was Nebraska.

Instead, the 6’1″, 180-pound QB with the rocket arm picked the University of Texas on Feb. 11, 2011.  Now, after a redshirt freshman season in Austin, the 4-star recruit has evidently decided that his future as a Longhorn might be spent mostly on the bench.  He is being released from his scholarship today.

“We appreciate everything Connor has brought to our program,” his head coach, Mack Brown, said in a statement issued by the school.  “He is a tremendous young man and is a great teammate and student.  We hate to see him leave, but, at the same time, we understand his reasons.”

Those reasons, however, haven’t been aired out.  However, it’s pretty obvious that Brewer has reason to question his position on the quarterback depth chart.  The Horns’ starting quarterback, David Ash, has a couple more years of eligibility left and, should he be out of action for any reason this season, senior Casey McCoy would likely step in as the designated back-up.  Then there’s a true freshman named Tyrone Swoopes who was very impressive in spring practice and another much-ballyhooed freshman, Jerrod Heard, arriving in time for the 2014 season.

Things were definitely getting crowded – and probably a little discouraging.

But in Tucson, it’s a different story.  Rodriguez lost a quarterback to graduation that was directing 343 yards of offense each game.  Matt Scott left the program as the leading passer in the Pac-12 and was able to carry the Cats to an eight-win season and a bowl victory in Rodriguez’s first year as head coach.

So Rodriguez will probably have to pick between a cadre of transfers to lead the Cats in 2013.  The only one with any experience under center for the Cats is B.J. Denker from Cerritos College, who played in six games last year as the back-up to Scott.

Jesse Scroggins had two seasons (one redshirted) at USC before jumping to a JUCO program at El Camino College.  Scroggins arrived last January, so has had no experience in Rodriguez’s offensive system.  Nick Isham was on board last year, but the transfer from Louisiana Tech saw no game time.

The only other QB on the roster is redshirt freshman Javelle Allen from Prosper, Texas.

Should Brewer decide to take up Rodriguez’s offer, he would most certainly move immediately to the top of the list.

The local standout was the first quarterback in Arizona high-school history to lead a team to three straight state championships, losing just two games during that entire prep career.  His 100 career touchdowns set a new state big-school record as he finished his career with 7,574 yards passing.

And his accuracy was unrivaled for a high school quarterback; he threw just 17 interceptions in his three years running the Firebirds’ offense.  Rivals.com had him ranked as the No. 10 pro-style quarterback in the country his senior year and ESPN listed him at No. 7 at his position.

Add to that resume a year of experience with a top major-college program like Texas, regardless of whether he got into games or just practiced and worked the sidelines holding a clipboard.  It’s an important time for a young player to mature and develop.  He called his time in Texas a “great experience” and said in the school’s statement that “it was a dream come true and I have loved every minute of being a Texas Longhorn.”

Brewer would make the difference in Arizona’s rebuilding efforts to move up the national ladder.  With him, they would be an instant contender in the Pac-12 as well.

And to make his transition back to the desert even easier, his old high school coach, Charlie Ragle, is on staff now at UofA.  Maybe they could capture the old magic together.

Hey, maybe Coach RichRod should be sending Charlie to the airport.