Connette Could Make Fresno State Formidable
Brandon Connette has been an impact player at Duke over the last four years. With degree in hand and a year of eligibility remaining, he heads to Fresno State to compete for the starting quarterback job. On paper, he looks a lot like Kain Colter. That could make the Bulldogs a very tough out as a late night opponent on the road.
Colter was a slightly more accurate passer over his career but both players sport a 2 to 1 touchdown to interception ratio. Colter managed to rush for 28 touchdowns in his career. Connette has already rushed for 31 despite more modest rushing numbers overall. Connette was only lightly used as a receiver, catching 12 passes in his career. Colter ended his career with 63.
Connette didn't just rack up these numbers against the weakest teams. He rushed for four touchdowns and passed for another in Duke's victory over Miami in 2013. He also passed for four touchdowns and rushed for two more against Pittsburgh in a game Duke lost in part due to his 4 interceptions. He produced the decisive pair of touchdowns with some light work at Virginia. He similarly produced the decisive score at Wake Forest. He had a huge day in a close victory over Troy. In prior seasons, he produced the decisive points against Wake, Navy, and Virginia.
While NU fans might fear another Russell Wilson type situation, Connette doesn't compare on paper to Wilson (other than the rushing touchdowns) in his time at North Carolina State just prior to landing at Wisconsin. Still, Connette makes the game appear much tougher just as Colter did for Northwestern. Connette also may have more help than he did at Duke. With Connette aboard, the game at Fresno State now looks a lot tougher.