If Baylor football gets back to its winning ways during the 2018 regular season, expect quarterback Charlie Brewer to lead the charge.
The rising sophomore, who threw for more than 1,500 yards in eight games played as a freshman last season, is one of several passers to watch out for in the Big 12 this fall. When exempt from preskept clean, Brewer can be as dangerous as any other quarterback in the conference.
Pro Football Focus broke down the passer rating for each returning quarterback last season when kept clean. Brewer’s rating of 114.3 in those instances is the second best mark in the group, only trailing West Virginia quarterback Will Grier (117.9)
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Brewer suffered a shoulder injury during the Bears’ regular-season finale vs. TCU last November, but was cleared for all drills in practice last week. Brewer is set to be the centerpiece of the Baylor offense in 2018. He will also have former Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd by his side, as Hurd will be eligible to play this fall after sitting out the 2017 season due to NCAA transfer policies. Hurd rushed for 1,285 yards for the Vols and added 12 touchdown runs in 2015.
Zach Smith also ranks among the best passers without pressure
Zach Smith, who saw action as the team’s starter earlier in 2017 season, also made the list above — with a passer rating of 96.2 when kept clean. Smith’s mark is the 4th best among Big 12 returners.
Baylor’s lone win during the 2017 season came against Kansas — a contest in which Brewer passed for 315 yards and 3 touchdowns. He threw for a season-high 417 yards vs. Texas Tech before recording one more 300-yard effort against the Horned Frogs to end the year.
The Bears open the 2018 regular season against Abilene Christian at home and will begin Big 12 play vs. the Jayhawks on Sept. 22.
Baylor fans can only hope that Brewer can lead the Bears to big things on the gridiron this fall once the team hits the field.