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Florida QB Brissett transfers to NC State

Posted January 17, 2013

— Wolfpack head football coach Dave Doeren announced Thursday that Jacoby Brissett, a 6-4, 229-pound quarterback from West Palm Beach, Fla., has decided to transfer to NC State. Brissett, who will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out next season, played in 13 games and started three contests over the last two seasons at the University of Florida.

“I’m extremely excited to welcome Jacoby to the Wolfpack family,” said Doeren. “I’ve known him since he was a freshman in high school when I recruited him for Wisconsin. I think the world of him as a competitor in football and basketball and as a student who carries a 3.5 GPA. He is a very humble person who will do a tremendous job with our fans and will be a great ambassador for the NC State football program. I look forward to having him around our team.

“Jacoby is an NFL-style quarterback with a tremendous arm and great accuracy and he has some of the best hand-eye coordination I’ve ever seen. He has the ability to throw the ball deep, intermediate and short. He has great touch and arm strength.”

A graduate of Dwyer High School, Brissett played in eight games as a true freshman for the Gators in 2011, starting a pair of contests. Last season, he saw action in five games and started one.

Brissett completed 23-of-35 passes for 249 yards and a TD in 2012 as a sophomore, posting a 134.90 efficiency rating. Against Louisiana, he came off the bench with UF trailing 20-13 in the third quarter, and led a pair of touchdown drives to secure the 27-20 win. He started the Gator’s 23-0 victory over Jacksonville State, completing 14-of-22 passes for 154 yards.

As a true freshman, he got the starting nod against No. 1 LSU in Baton Rouge and then at No. 24 Auburn in back-to-back weeks. He was the first true freshman quarterback in Florida history to take his first career snap as the starter.

In high school, Brissett led Dwyer to its first state championship during his junior campaign. As a senior, he threw for 2,743 yards and an area-best 32 touchdowns with just one interception, while also rushing 63 times for 368 yards and seven scores. Dwyer posted a 12-2 record and reached the state 4A semifinals that year and he was named the Palm Beach Post’s Offensive Player of the Year and won the Lou Groza Palm Beach County High School Player of the Year award. He competed in the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and was ranked a four-star prospect by and, as well as the No. 75 overall prospect and No. 3 quarterback in the nation.

Brissett has started spring semester classes at NC State and will go through spring practice with the Wolfpack.


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  • Ken D. Jan 18, 2013

    Yet another sports story hijacked by smack talkers. Guys, there are entire forums on this site dedicated to smack talk. Can't we at least keep news stories for more serious commentary?

  • uBnice Jan 18, 2013

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    Thank you. And that is good news for NCSU and their players.

    But you are right, it does not answer the question of graduation rate. I hope that the graduation rate has improved also and continues to improve for NCSU football players.

  • london12 Jan 18, 2013

    the following excerpt from a November N&O article doesn't answer the question of graduation rate, but does offer that grades were raised under his tenure:

    "I appreciate the opportunity to have coached at North Carolina State ptand I feel that the program is in a better place now than when I started," O'Brien said in a statement released by the school. "I'm proud of the young men that I have coached here, for their accomplishments on the field and in the classroom. Wolfpack football is as sound academically as it’s ever been with a [single year] APR of 990 to be reported this spring. I appreciate all of my coaches and wish them the best and I look forward to life after football."

    Read more here:

  • uBnice Jan 18, 2013

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    What UNC did was indefensible. Hence, I offer no support to what they did.

    Now, tell me how NCSU can justify bringing in players year after year and not graduating them? Players who should not be at NCSU because of their reading and writing skills and when their eligibility is complete, then they are sent back to their communities broken, with no resources or education?

    By the way, what was the graduation rate of NCSU football players under Tom O'Brien?

  • early exit Roy Jan 18, 2013

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    If the coaches had only realized we could have sent some of our athletes to unc for classes our graduation rate might be higher also. If you pull YOUR athletes that graduated from unc without going to classes you would be at the bottom. You seem to forget you are a diploma mill. I know why you didn't go to state. You have a real problem with reasoning and understanding how no show classes can improve your graduation rate. About 75% of your basketball/football players were academic exceptions and 60% of your fb players were in the bottom 20% of their high school class. Now explain to all of us how these people graduated? Even some of the testimony from the investigation at unc were made by advisors who said many of your athletes SHOULD NOT HAVR BEEN IN COLLEGE because of their reading and writing skills.

  • uBnice Jan 18, 2013

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    I think you would do similar things that you would do with degrees in:
    1. American Studies
    2. German Studies
    3. French Studies
    4. Women's Studies
    5. etc., etc. etc.

    And I think NCSU offers degrees in each, even the etc.

  • NCSU pays players Jan 18, 2013

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    teach engineering classes at ncsu

  • joeBob Jan 18, 2013

    what exactly do you do with a degree in African Studies?

  • uBnice Jan 18, 2013

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    What?! NCSU has the lowest graduation rate in all the ACC. What exactly is NCSU preparing them to do later?!

    It is better to have a "compromised" degree from UNC than no degree at all from NCSU.

    Graduate your players! By the way, what was O'Brien's graduation rate? I still can't get anyone to tell me that.

  • Sports Talk Only Jan 18, 2013

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    At least State prepares their athletes for better things later. UNC....not so much. Well, except for suspensions, permanent ineligibilty, how to lose a lawsuit, how to get caught cheating. Maybe things like that. Yeah.





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