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Former Arizona QB Brandon Dawkins cites mental health in stepping away from football

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Brandon Dawkins owes a lot to the game of football, both good and bad. It enabled him to get a scholarship to college as well as a degree from Arizona.

But it’s also impacted his mental health, the former Arizona Wildcats quarterback noted on Instagram Wednesday in announcing he would “take a break” from the sport. This comes two days after he left Indiana, where he had transferred as a graduate student during the summer but failed to win the starting QB job.

Dawkins started 13 games at quarterback for Arizona, including the first five games of 2017. His injury early against Colorado last season paved the way for Khalil Tate, who took over as starter after setting an FBS quarterback record with 327 rushing yards in that victory.