Former Arkansas quarterback signs at Tulsa

Monday, August 21st 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Tulsa, Okla.-AP) -- Former Arkansas quarterback Gary Brashears has transferred to Tulsa, where he faces a season on the sidelines until he is eligible to play next year. Tulsa coach Keith Burns said today that Brashears had enrolled at Tulsa, which started classes today. Burns said he was pleased to get a player the caliber of Brashears, since you can't have too many good players.

Brashears, a six-foot-five, 225-pound all-American at Clarksville High School in Arkansas, walked out early from a Razorbacks' practice on August 12th. He asked coach Houston Nutt for his release that night. Brashears was competing with Robby Hampton for the starting job.

Even with three years of eligibility remaining, Brashears will face significant competition for the job in Tulsa, too. Sophomore starting quarterback Josh Blankenship was last year's Western Athletic Conference freshman of the year and freshman James Kilian has been highly touted. Burns said both players were excited about Brashears joining the program. He said that, if Kilian and Blankenship hadn't been O-K with it, Tulsa wouldn't have pursued him.