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UNT adds former Lake Dallas standout, Kansas WR Brewer

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Brett Vito, Staff Writer

Former Lake Dallas standout Keegan Brewer has joined the North Texas football team after transferring from Kansas. 

The 5-foot-11 wide receiver has been cleared by UNT's compliance department and practiced with the Mean Green on Friday. He will be on the field again Saturday when UNT will have a scrimmage beginning at 9:55 a.m.

Brewer caught 15 passes for 86 yards last season as a freshman with the Jayhawks.

Brewer joined Kansas' program as a preferred walk-on. He left the school at the end of the year and now will be a little closer to home while playing for the Mean Green. 

Brewer is expected to sit out the upcoming season as a transfer and have three seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in the 2018 season.

"I'm happy for him," Lake Dallas coach Michael Young said. "At one point, he didn't know if he wanted to play anymore. He decided this is what he wants to do. It's great that he was able to walk on over there."

Kansas released Brewer, who reached out to the staff at UNT after deciding to give college football another try.

Brewer was one of the top players in the Denton area during his high school career. He finished with 108 catches for 1,636 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior in 2015, when he was the Offensive Player of the Year on the Denton Record-Chronicle's All-Area team.

Brewer and quarterback Dagan Haehn led Lake Dallas to the Class 5A Division II state semifinals in 2015, but the Falcons lost to Frisco Lone Star 55-49 in triple overtime.

Brewer and Haehn were lightly recruited despite their success at Lake Dallas and joined Kansas' program as walk-ons. Brewer quickly worked his way into the rotation at wide receiver for the Jayhawks and caught at least one pass in eight games.

He finished with a career-high four receptions for 36 yards in a loss to Memphis in the third week of the season.

Brewer will have a chance to build on the success he enjoyed at Kansas at UNT. The Mean Green are entering their second season under Seth Littrell, who has installed a spread offensive system that requires a deep and talented group of receivers.

UNT has seen several players make a significant impact after transferring from Power Five conference programs over the past few years, including Marcus Trice. The former Mesquite standout started his career at Oklahoma before transferring to UNT. Trice helped lead the Mean Green to a win against UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl in 2013, when he was a first-team All-Conference USA selection. 

Brewer arrived at UNT in the past few days and will try to follow in Trice's footsteps after his short and successful stint at Kansas.

BRETT VITO can be reached at 940-566-6870 and via Twitter at @brettvito.