Baylor coach Matt Rhule raised some eyebrows after burning freshman quarterback Charlie Brewer’s redshirt for just two plays against Kansas State on Saturday. Rhule claimed playing Brewer was always part of the plan.
“We made a little package that we were hoping to get started with Charlie and [Trestan] Ebner and Blake [Lynch],” Rhule said, per KWTX’s Taylor Williamson. “We knew we were going to have to use it at some point.”
Brewer came into the game with 6:35 left in the first half down 17-3, which burned his redshirt. He ran once for a loss of one. Then, Baylor committed a penalty to push the drive back to its own 14-yard line. Rhule then pulled Brewer, and he was not heard from again.
The decision and usage was universally panned by Baylor fans and personalities.
Yeah…I’m not quite sure why Baylor brought Charlie Brewer in for two plays, which basically costs him a year of eligibility.
— Greg Tepper (@Tepper) September 30, 2017
I walked outside and now Charlie Brewer is playing what in the wide world of sports is happening
— Amy Pagitt (@AmyGrahamPagitt) September 30, 2017
Someone is going to have to help me understand why Charlie Brewer came out there. What was the point?
— SicEmSports (@SicEmSports) September 30, 2017
The Bears have been without starting quarterback Anu Solomon since Week 2 of the season after he suffered concussion-like symptoms. That leaves Zach Smith and Brewer as the only two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster. With the injury, Rhule implied that Brewer was always going to play at some point this season.
“Zach’s been getting a little beat up and so we just thought hey, let’s get Charlie in there,” Rhule said. “Let’s see if we can run the ball with some quarterback runs. We’re just trying to manufacture a run game.”
With an inexperienced offensive line, the Bears are struggling to generate rushing yards. The Bears are averaging just 2.3 yards per rush against Power Five competition, and produced just 201 total rushing yards over the last three games.
“We’re going to need Charlie this year at some point,” Rhule said. “When I can, I’m going to try and get him in the game here and there to make sure he has a chance to play, so if his numbers is called – if anything happens to Zach – Charlie will have some snaps under his belt.”
With Solomon graduating, Rhule hopes to bring in more quarterbacks next season, per ESPN Central Texas’ Craig Smoak. The Bears have offers out to high school quarterback Gerry Bohanon and junior college transfer Terry Wilson. Don’t be surprised to see Baylor get in the graduate transfer market, too.
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