Duke quarterback Brandon Connette is exploring a possible transfer to a West Coast school, according to a source close to the situation. Connette, a rising redshirt senior from Corona, Calf., was responsible for a school-record 27 touchdowns last season.

Connette’s desire to transfer stems from wanting to be closer to his family. His mother, Nancy Connette, had emergency brain surgery on Dec. 12 to remove a tumor and continues to fight what the family has said is stage 4 malignant cancer. She is recovering and was well enough to travel to the Duke spring game on March 1. Connette comes from a large family – he has one older sister and five younger brothers. One brother, Simon, is a safety at San Jose State.

Connette was granted a leave of absence from the team during practice leading up to the Dec. 31st Chick-fil-A bowl vs. Texas A&M. He rejoined the team in Atlanta on Christmas night and considered a transfer in January, the source said. Connette has graduated, so he would be eligible to play at any school next season.