A product of Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., Brewer has been given an unconditional release from his scholarship.
"I want to thank everyone at The University of Texas – the coaching staff, the fans and especially my teammates for a great experience here in Austin over the last 18 months," Brewer said. "In particular, I want to thank Coach Brown for giving me the opportunity to play football at The University of Texas. It was a dream come true, and I have loved every minute of being a Texas Longhorn.
"I do, however, feel that it is in my best interest as a football player to pursue other options to continue my college career," Brewer said. "I have made friendships here that will last a lifetime, and I look forward to meeting these guys again on the playing field. It just has been an honor to be a Longhorn. Texas does things right. The program is first-class in every way. Even though this is a very difficult decision, it is what I need to do for myself."
Brewer entered Texas as an Under Armour All-American and a four-star prospect in the Class of 2012. He was rated as the No. 11 quarterback in the country by Scout.com.
Brewer played well at each open practice, but found himself behind several road blocks to playing time at the position. While both David Ash and Case McCoy were older, true freshman Tyrone Swoopes appeared to hurdle Brewer this spring, and with top 2014 quarterback Jerrod Heard coming in next season, he likely would have struggled to find playing time even after Ash and McCoy graduated.
Brewer transferring leaves the Longhorns with just three quarterbacks for 2013, though Jalen Overstreet — who also signed with Texas in 2012 — could move back if needed.
"We appreciated everything Connor has brought to our program," said Texas coach Mack Brown. "He is a tremendous young man and is a great teammate and student. We hate to see him leave, but at the same time we understand his reasons. We wish him the best of luck in the future."