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Aug. 22, 2000

University of Tulsa Head Football Coach Keith Burns announced that former Parade Magazine High School All-America Quarterback Gary Brashears has transferred to Tulsa from the University of Arkansas. Brashears enrolled in classes on Monday.

At Arkansas, Brashears saw playing time in just two games during his freshman season in 1999, and completed two passes for 16 yards.

The 6-5, 225-pound quarterback earned numerous All-America honors as a prep senior at Clarksville (Ark.) High School. The Sporting News ranked him the second best quarterback prospect in the country. He made the PrepStar Dream Team and was their fourth top quarterback in the country. ESPN named him the number five quarterback and 64th best player in the nation. Brashears was on the CNN/Sports Illustrated Dream Team, and was a Parade Magazine All-America selection. The National Recruiting Advisor picked him as the nation's second best passing quarterback, while SuperPrep rated him as the fifth best quarterback in the country.

As a high school senior, Brashears completed 85 of 155 passes for 1,337 yards and 16 touchdowns. He threw for 1,140 yards and 15 TDs with just three interceptions during his junior season.

"Obviously, it is great for us to get a player the caliber of Gary. You can't have too many good players," said Burns. "We talked to Josh (Blankenship) and James (Kilian) and both were excited about the possibility of Gary joining our program and the competition that would be there at quarterback. From day one, Josh and James were okay with trying to sign Gary, or we wouldn't have pursued him."

Brashears graduated a year early from Clarksville High School, and enrolled at Arkansas for the spring 1999 semester. He was recruited out of high school by Florida State, Michigan, Tennessee, Miami (Fla.) before deciding on Arkansas. Brashears will sit out this season at Tulsa, and have three years of eligibility remaining.