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Dru Brown drops back to pass against Fresno State on Nov. 11. When he gets to Oklahoma State, the graduate transfer from Hawaii will be the only QB who has taken meaningful snaps. AP file

There's now another name in Oklahoma State’s 2018 quarterback competition.

Dru Brown, who threw for more than 5,000 yards over the past two seasons mostly spent as Hawaii’s starting quarterback, announced via his Twitter account Saturday night that he would spend his final season at Oklahoma State as a graduate transfer.

Listed at 6-foot, 200 pounds, Brown spent two seasons at Hawaii after playing one season at College of San Mateo in California. He is from San Mateo, California.

With one year to play, Brown will surely be in the race to be Oklahoma State’s starter come Sept. 1 against Missouri State. The Cowboys’ top two candidates on campus are rising junior Taylor Cornelius and sophomore Keondre Wudtee, while true freshman Spencer Sanders is also expected to be in the mix when he arrives in Stillwater in the summer.

A graduate transfer is not a truly surprising development as OSU tries to replace all-time passing leader Mason Rudolph, though it comes a little unexpectedly after Oklahoma State signed Sanders in December.

Brown is the third Division I transfer quarterback to come to Oklahoma State during Mike Gundy’s tenure. Daxx Garman, who transferred from Arizona before eventually leaving OSU for Maryland, is the only one to play. Richard Lagow walked on to Oklahoma State after starting out at Connecticut in a career that ended at Indiana.

In 12 games this season, Brown completed 254-of-412 passes (61.7 percent) for 2,785 yards, 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Hawaii finished the season 3-9.

In his only game against a power-conference foe, he completed 23-of-38 passes for 227 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in a 56-23 loss to UCLA.

Mark Cooper 


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