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Dejon Brissett, a 6-foot-2 195-pounder, was named first-team all-CAA two seasons ago.

Former University of Richmond standout Dejon Brissett, who was the Spiders’ top receiver and a pro prospect, is apparently running an alternate route, to the University of Virginia for his graduate-transfer season.

Brissett announced on social media Monday night that he was becoming a Cavalier and would not be attending the University of Illinois, to which he committed as a grad transfer in March.

Brissett is from Ontario, Canada, but attended high school at Lake Forest Academy in Illinois.

When UR began spring practice on March 1, Brissett was in uniform. He left the Spiders program soon after, having determined he would use his final season of eligibility elsewhere as a graduate transfer.

Brissett, a 6-foot-2 195-pounder, was named first-team all-CAA two seasons ago, when he made 63 catches for 896 yards (seven touchdowns).

Last year, he suffered a season-ending ankle injury on Sept. 13 during a 35-27 win at Saint Francis. In three games, Brissett made 16 receptions for 299 yards and one touchdown.

He was also the FCS leader in kickoff returns after three games. He averaged 51.5 yards on four returns and brought back one of those 94 yards for a TD at Saint Francis.

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