MANKATO — The Minnesota State football team doesn’t have a lot of holes in the lineup that need to be filled for this season, but the competition to be the starting quarterback became more interesting last week when junior Mitch Brozovich decided to transfer.
Brozovich, who is from Minooka, Ill., has signed a letter of intent to attend St. Francis (Ill.), an NAIA program that is ranked No. 20 in the coaches’ spring poll and about 20 miles from his hometown.
He said that the reasons for transferring were “personal” and not related to football. He said he’s not sure that the outcome would have been any different if there hadn’t been a change at head coach, and he felt that he was given a good chance to win the starting job in spring practice, which was down to him and sophomore Nick Pieruccini.
“It’s disappointing,” Brozovich said. “We accomplished a lot of things the last two years, and it would have been fun to see what the next two years would have been like, but it is what it is. When it’s all said and done, I think this is best for me.”
In the last two seasons, Brozovich played in 18 games at quarterback, helping the Mavericks win 24 of 26 games and advance to the national tournament both years.
As a freshman, he made played in eight games, starting three in place of Jon Wolf, rushing for 457 yards and passing for 541 yards and five touchdowns. Last season, Brozovich rushed for 239 yards while serving as Wolf’s backup in 10 games.
“It definitely caught us off guard,” said Mavericks coach Todd Hoffner, who recruited Brozovich. “But we want what’s best for Mitch and his family, and if this is what he wants, we wish him nothing but the best.”