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Texas QB Connor Brewer will transfer

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]exas quarterback Connor Brewer is looking for a new home.

brewerBrewer was expected to battle true freshman Tyrone Swoopes for the backup job, but instead will transfer.

A 4-star member of the 2012 class out of Paradise Valley (Ariz.) Chaparral, Brewer was a January enrollee and redshirted last season.

Brewer was arrested in February for misdemeanor alcohol related charges, but Dennis Gile, his former private quarterback coach said Brewer’s minor brush with the law had nothing to do with the decision.

“What the final, final straw was, I’m not sure. I don’t know if he was getting the absolute fair shot there,” Gile told the Dallas Morning News. “He’s got a guy in front of him that’s going to play at least two more years. They are making a big thing about this Swoopes kid and him being the future of the program. As a kid that’s playing there that probably deserves to step on the field, at least next in line to Ash, I would feel the same way.

“There’s no reason for him to just stay there and sit when he can be the starter somewhere else.”

Brewer (6-2, 195) committed to the Longhorns in February 2011, choosing Texas over the likes of Alabama, Stanford, Miami, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas A&M, LSU, Arizona and many more.

Photo: Ralph Barrera / Austin American Statesman

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UPDATE: Kentucky DB cited for DUI after horrific car accident

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] little more than two months after a car accident left him in the intensive care unit, Kentucky junior defensive back Ashely Lowery has been cleared to resume workouts.

Ashely Lowery's vehicle (Photo from Doug Stutsman via Louisville Courier-Journal)

Ashely Lowery’s vehicle (Photo from Doug Stutsman via Louisville Courier-Journal)

Judging by the condition of his car and the fact that he was not wearing a seat belt, Lowery is fortunate to be alive much less able to workout and play football.

But team doctors have given Lowery the OK to begin working out again.

“He’s allowed to do workouts with his teammates at his own pace,” UK spokesman Tony Neely said on Monday. “The High Performance staff will evaluate his fitness level as it works with him.”

Lowery started eight games at safety as a true sophomore in 2012, finishing fifth on the team with 43 tackles. He missed four games with concussion-like symptoms.

He is projected to start again for first-year coach Mark Stoops this fall.

A junior from Cleveland, Ga., Lowery returned home in early May. Around 4 a.m. Saturday, May 4, he flipped his 2006 Nissan Altima and was ejected, landing 100 feet from the vehicle.

Lowery was initially listed in critical but stable condition following the wreck, but his injuries were quickly downgraded and not considered life threatening.

He was released from the hospital about a week after the accident with only bumps and bruises.

UPDATE: Lowery has been cited for driving under the influence after the wreck, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

According to a crash report from Georgia State Patrol, a urine test performed on Lowery at Northeast Georgia Medical Center two hours after the crash showed his blood-alcohol level at 0.139. The legal limit in the state is 0.08.

UK spokesman Tony Neely told the newspaper that Lowery is still with the team.

“We’ll let the legal process take its course and address it at the appropriate time,” Wildcats coach Mark Stoops said in a statement Wednesday.

No court date has been set and it could take six months to a year to go to court, a White County, Ga. clerk told the paper.

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Former N.C. State linebacker Michael Peek lands at Kansas junior college

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ormer N.C. State linebacker Michael Peek has landed at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.

peek250Peek, 6-2, 222, announced in January that he was leaving the Wolfpack.

The Grayson, Ga. native played in 13 games for the Wolfpack as a true freshman in 2011, totaling seven tackles and a sack. He opened last fall as the second string weak side linebacker, but wound up missing all of the season with a torn ACL.

Since leaving N.C. State, Peek was back home working at a fitness center, unsure of his football future. A connection with former high school teammate Shattle Fenteng, now a highly recruited cornerback for Hutchinson, changed that.

“(Fenteng) was home for break and he asked me if I was gonna play football anywhere,” Peek said. “I told him that I wasn’t and he kept telling me that if I came to (Hutchinson) I wouldn’t regret it, and that it would be a good opportunity to get recruited.

“… I told Shattle I’d think about it, and about the time that I had to clean the bathrooms [at the fitness center]. I thought to myself, “Why am I cleaning toilets when I can play ball somewhere?” So I got the coaches numbers from him and the next thing I know I’m driving 17 hours to Hutchinson, Kansas.”

Peek arrived at Hutchinson in early June and will play his sophomore season for the Blue Dragons. He will be ready to transfer in December, and is hopeful for an opportunity.

“I haven’t contacted any schools yet but I would love to play in the SEC first and foremost, Big 12, Pac 12, but anywhere really,” he said. “I think it would be great to play at UCLA. I’m a lifelong Falcons fan so I think it would be awesome to play for Jim Mora.”

After a difficult 2012, Peek needed some time at home to recharge his batteries.

“The reason I left NC State was that it just felt like a perfect storm of bad things all at once,” he said. “I tore my ACL two weeks before our first game, and I was going to get some good playing time, then the coaching staff got fired. I wasn’t taking school seriously. I was homesick.

“It all just kinda got me down, so I thought it would be best for me to go home and take as long as I needed to figure things out.”

Now Peek says he is focused on helping the Blue Dragons win a championship. He is the third former N.C. State player to transfer to Hutchinson this offseason, joining former Wolfpack offensive linemen Quincy McKinney (6-3, 309) and Eddie Gordon (6-1, 320).

McKinney, a sophomore from Carver High in Columbus, Ga., was the heir apparent to senior Rob Crisp at left tackle, while Gordon, a redshirt freshman from Boiling Springs (N.C.) High, was a reserve guard.

Photo: N.C. State Athletics

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Maryland RB Wes Brown charged with assault on police officer, theft

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]aryland’s second-leading rusher last season finds himself in some legal hot water.

brownWes Brown has been charged with second-degree assault on a Baltimore police officer that was attempting to question as a “person of interest” in a non-fatal shooting investigation from last month.

Brown also faces other charges related to the alleged theft of a cell phone and police are calling “unlawful interception of an oral conversation,” as he allegedly used a stolen cell phone to record what was happening as police approached him.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Brown was approached by UM police and Baltimore detectives when Brown swung and missed at the detective and then shoved him and ran away. He was later apprehended by campus police.

Brown was held in Prince George’s County on $7,500 bond that was later lowered to $2,500, and had been released Friday evening. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for July 31.

Despite missing the last two games with a torn labrum, Brown rushed 90 times for 382 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman last season.

The Olney (Md.) Good Counsel High product has been suspended from all team-related activities, according to school officials.

“We are extremely concerned that one of our student-athletes, Wes Brown, was arrested Wednesday evening,” a statement said. “This is a matter that we take very seriously.

“We have been in contact with the local authorities and will continue to cooperate throughout the entire process.”

Photo: Patrick Semansky / Associated Press

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Tulsa reserve QB Kalen Henderson to transfer

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ith redshirt freshman Dane Evans taking over the No. 2 behind senior Cody Green this spring, Tulsa reserve quarterback Kalen Henderson has decided to transfer.

hendersonA redshirt junior, Henderson (6-0,210 ) saw action in 11 games in 2011 and 2012.

He completed just 32 percent of his passes (24 of 75) for 416 yards, with four touchdowns against six interceptions. With Green out due to injury, he started TU’s win over Rice last season.

According to the Tulsa World, Henderson could be considering a transfer to Nicholls State, whose campus is just 30 miles from his hometown of Mt. Airy, La.

If he did transfer to Nicholls or another FCS program, Henderson would be eligible immediately and have two years to play two.

With Henderson’s departure, the Golden Hurricanes still have five scholarship quarterbacks on the roster, including 2013 signees Jaylen Lowe of Owasso, Okla. and Ryan Rubley of Mountain Vista, Colo.

Photo: Associated Press

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Ole Miss lineman dies in car accident

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] member of the Ole Miss football team died in an auto accident Wednesday afternoon in Chickasaw County, Miss.

stevensPark Stevens was killed when his truck collided with the back of a semi truck attempting to cross the four-lane highway.

“Our team is hurting tonight with the loss of Park,” Rebels coach Hugh Freeze said in a statement. “He was a tremendous young man that was loved by his teammates and coaches, and Rebel Nation will never forget him.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stevens’ family, his friends, our team and all those he touched during his life.”

Stevens, a sophomore, joined the team this spring as a walk-on transfer. He spent the past two seasons at East Central (Miss.) Community College.

He was 20 years old.

Photo: @_parkstevens (Twitter)

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Florida QB Jeff Driskel signs with the Red Sox but will continue to play football

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] Boston reporter gave Florida fans a few nervous moments when he reported Wednesday that Gators starting quarterback Jeff Driskel had signed with the Red Sox.

driskelAlex Speier of WEEI Radio tweeted news of Driskel’s signing Wednesday.

The quarterback’s father, Jerry Driskel, later confirmed the signing, but said it’s only a fallback plan.

Driskel, who was selected by the Sox in the 29th round of last month’s MLB Draft, will continue to play football for the Gators.

“Heck yeah he signed,” Jerry Driskel told the Orlando Sentinel. “If football doesn’t work out, he’ll play baseball, but he’s still playing football [at Florida next season].”

The only thing he forfeits by signing the contract is his college baseball eligibility, but that is a non-factor.

Jerry Driskel told the Sentinel that the Red Sox will only retain the Florida quarterback’s rights until he’s ready to make a decision between football and baseball. He expects Florida to release a statement Thursday morning clarifying the situation.

Jeff Driskel was a two-sport star at Oviedo (Fla.) Hagarty High.

On draft day, Driskel said that he was surprised by the selection, tweeting, “Got drafted by the Red Sox today. Did not see that coming.”

Photo: Wade Payne / Associated Press

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