Raleigh, N.C. - Wolfpack head football coach Dave Doeren has announced that Jacoby Brissett, a 6-4, 229-pound quarterback from West Palm Beach, Fla., has decided to transfer to NC State. Brissett, who will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out next season, played in 13 games and started three contests over the last two seasons at the University of Florida.
“I’m extremely excited to welcome Jacoby to the Wolfpack family,” said Doeren. “I’ve known him since he was a freshman in high school when I recruited him for Wisconsin. I think the world of him as a competitor in football and basketball and as a student who carries a 3.5 GPA. He is a very humble person who will do a tremendous job with our fans and will be a great ambassador for the NC State football program. I look forward to having him around our team.
“Jacoby is an NFL-style quarterback with a tremendous arm and great accuracy and he has some of the best hand-eye coordination I’ve ever seen. He has the ability to throw the ball deep, intermediate and short. He has great touch and arm strength.”
A graduate of Dwyer High School, Brissett played in eight games as a true freshman for the Gators in 2011, starting a pair of contests. Last season, he saw action in five games and started one.
Brissett completed 23-of-35 passes for 249 yards and a TD in 2012 as a sophomore, posting a 134.90 efficiency rating. Against Louisiana, he came off the bench with UF trailing 20-13 in the third quarter, and led a pair of touchdown drives to secure the 27-20 win. He started the Gator’s 23-0 victory over Jacksonville State, completing 14-of-22 passes for 154 yards.
As a true freshman, he got the starting nod against No. 1 LSU in Baton Rouge and then at No. 24 Auburn in back-to-back weeks. He was the first true freshman quarterback in Florida history to take his first career snap as the starter.
In high school, Brissett led Dwyer to its first state championship during his junior campaign. As a senior, he threw for 2,743 yards and an area-best 32 touchdowns with just one interception, while also rushing 63 times for 368 yards and seven scores. Dwyer posted a 12-2 record and reached the state 4A semifinals that year and he was named the Palm Beach Post’s Offensive Player of the Year and won the Lou Groza Palm Beach County High School Player of the Year award. He competed in the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and was ranked a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com, as well as the No. 75 overall prospect and No. 3 quarterback in the nation.
Brissett has started spring semester classes at NC State and will go through spring practice with the Wolfpack.