#7 QB Brett Kean - Redshirt Junior, 6’1”, 221 lbs.
2017: Still the primary backup to Flowers, Kean appeared in five games, completing seven of 11 passes for 64 yards.
Kean entered the offseason battling it out with Chris Oladokun for the starting job until the addition of Alabama/Arizona State transfer Blake Barnett made it a three-man race. Initially facing the possibility of a four-game suspension in 2018, Kean got cleared by the NCAA in early August.
However, it appears that he will once again be on the sidelines for USF’s season opener vs. Elon with the news of Barnett being named the starter. If the transfer pans out, one can wonder the immediate future of Kean and Oladokun in a Bulls uniform.
2016: Kean appeared in eight games, mainly coming in for Quinton Flowers late in games. He completed 18 of 26 passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Kean and Mitchell Wilcox also teamed up for USF’s only two-point conversion of the season when the Bulls ran a swinging gate against South Carolina.
Most notably, Kean was forced into an awful spot against Temple when Flowers was injured in the fourth quarter. Kean entered to a 3rd and 23 on his own 1-yard line with USF needing a touchdown to tie. Perhaps not surprisingly, Brett threw his only interception of the season, and Temple cashed it in for a touchdown to extend their lead to 44-30. After a penalty on the ensuing kickoff, USF had to start the next drive on their own 5. Kean was sacked for a safety on the next play.
2015 Stats: Kean redshirted.
How He Came To USF: After moving north from Fort Lauderdale, Kean was a two-time state champion quarterback at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, just west of Cleveland. He threw for 5,231 yards and 56 touchdowns in his two years as a starter, winning state titles for the Eagles in both seasons. Kean had offers from several MAC schools, but chose to come back to Florida and committed to USF in June 2014.
Recruiting Rankings: The rankings were all over the place on Kean. He was a two-star prospect on Rivals, a high two-star on 247, and a three-star recruit on Scout and ESPN (who was especially high on him).