Ex-Texas QB Connor Brewer's Best SEC Transfer Option Is Tennessee, Not Alabama

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterJuly 11, 2013

Former Texas QB Connor Brewer / Photo: 247Sports.com
Former Texas QB Connor Brewer / Photo: 247Sports.com

Another quarterback has hit the market, and this one has the attention of several of college football's heavy hitters.

Connor Brewer was granted his release from Texas and has already heard from a host of FBS programs, including Alabama, Tennessee, Notre Dame and Stanford, according to a report from AZCentral.com.

“I’ve had a lot of success," Brewer said. "I think I still have a chance at that. I felt I’d have a better opportunity at another place. I want to go to a place where I can play sooner.”

Brewer, the former 4-star standout and fourth-best pro-style quarterback in the class of 2012, redshirted this past season and will have to sit during his transfer year if he goes to an FBS program. If playing time is a major factor for the 6'2", 195-pounder, Tennessee would be a more attractive SEC option than Alabama.

Sure, AJ McCarron is entering his senior season in Tuscaloosa; but 4-star true freshman Cooper Bateman and 4-star class of 2014 commit David Cornwell will factor into the equation.

At Tennessee, a similar situation could exist, but it isn't necessarily set in stone. 

Redshirt freshman Nathan Peterman and true freshmen 4-star Josh Dobbs and 3-star Riley Ferguson will all factor into the Volunteers' quarterback plans; and Brewer could also be fighting with Justin Worley, who will be a senior in 2014.

Either situation is going to be an uphill battle. 

The logjam at Texas was the primary reason Brewer decided to transfer, and he probably will run into the same problem at Tennessee or Alabama.

But with Tennessee's situation being a little more unstable thanks to a coaching change, it's more likely that he can earn playing time on Rocky Top than at Tuscaloosa.

Sure, that could change if one of the quarterbacks in Knoxville emerges as a star this year. But the duo of Bateman and Cornwell is more daunting than the trio of Peterman, Dobbs and Ferguson, with a year of Worley mixed in.

Plus, new Tennessee head coach Butch Jones is more likely to rotate quarterbacks than Alabama head coach Nick Saban.

Jones benched Munchie Legaux in favor of Brendon Kay late last season at Cincinnati after a three-game stretch that saw Legaux complete just 41.9 percent of his passes while throwing six interceptions and only two touchdown passes. Those aren't acceptable stats by any means, and that stretch included the Bearcats' first two losses. Still, it was a rather quick trigger.

Including injury substitutions, five quarterbacks attempted 100 or more passes in a season from 2010-12 at Cincinnati. Other than the starter, no Alabama quarterback has more than 48 over that three-year period—and this is a team that gets the benefit of putting it into cruise control quite often.

If Brewer chooses either of the SEC schools mentioned in the report, he'd join a crowded quarterback competition. 

Could he rise to the top? Absolutely. He has the talent.

But it would be more likely to occur at Tennessee than Alabama.


* All recruiting rankings are from the 247Sports.com composite index unless otherwise noted.