Former Bulls QB Brett Kean announced Sunday evening he will play next season at Charlotte as a graduate transfer.
Kean, set to graduate this semester, announced his decision to move on immediately after the Bulls' loss to Marshall in the Gasparilla Bowl in late December. His announcement comes exactly two weeks after fellow former Bulls QB Chris Oladokun announced he’s transferring to Division I-AA Samford.
Charlotte, a member of Conference USA, dismissed Coach Brad Lambert after finishing 5-7 last season. Former Austin Peay coach Will Healy was hired to replace him.
“I loved all of the coaches and their energy and passion they bring to everything,” Kean said Sunday evening. “And I think they have all the pieces in place to make some serious noise.”
I am so excited to announce my commitment to play footballat UNC Charlotte as a graduate transfer. I can not wait to get to work. If you haven’t heard of the 49ers I can promise you will soon. A new chapter has officially begun. #Goldstandard pic.twitter.com/PZp888RKFD— Brett Kean (@bkeanqb4) January 28, 2019
After redshirting in 2015, Kean clearly out-performed heralded UCLA transfer Asiantii Woulard for the backup job to Quinton Flowers in ’16, and made 14 appearances over the next two seasons.
He and Oladokun were beaten out by graduate transfer Blake Barnett for the starting job in the ’18 preseason, relegating Kean to three appearances off the bench last fall. He went 15-for-34 for 140 yards and a touchdown in those stints.
He exits USF with 333 career passing yards, three TDs and an interception.
Among Charlotte’s returning quarterbacks is 5-foot-11 pocket passer Chris Reynolds, who completed nearly 65 percent of his passes and threw for 1,173 yards in only six games as a freshman last season.