Baylor has two remaining quarterbacks left in the competition for the Bears’ starting job for the Sept. 2 opener against Liberty.
Baylor coach Matt Rhule said the quarterback battle between sophomore Zach Smith and senior transfer Anu Solomon enlivened what he termed as a bad practice Tuesday for the rest of the team.
Smith started Baylor’s last four games last season, leading them to a victory over Boise State in the Cactus Bowl. Solomon is a transfer from Arizona.
“I thought both quarterbacks played really well today, that was a positive,” Rhule said. “They made a lot of good plays and gave the receivers a chance to make plays on the ball. You’re always looking for a quarterback that has that certain something, than special ‘it.’ Right now they’re both learning, so it might take them a couple more weeks to really see that come out.”
Freshman Charlie Brewer, who starred at Lake Travis High School in Austin, also has enjoyed a good training camp. He enrolled last January and went through spring drills. Typically, Rhule goes out of his way to acknowledge Brewer, who led his team to a state championship last December.
“Charlie has had a really strong camp, so I don’t want to in any way dismiss him,” Rhule said. “Preseton Heard has had a really strong camp.
“But the two guys who have played and have a little more experience you’d like to see them, like my college coach said, see the moxie they have when they’re out there.”
Rhule praised the leadership and focus of Smith and Solomon.
“I’ve been really pleased with the attention to detail they’ve had as far as learning, preparing and studying,” Rhule said. “So that part has been really, really good.” Rhule said.
Smith says he now weighs 215 pounds, down from the 232 pounds he weighed at the bowl game last season.
On Saturday, quarterbacks coach Glenn Thomas said Smith, Solomon and Brewer received reps working with the first-team offense. Thomas said there was no leader.
“We’ve been really fluid with the substitution and they’ve been receptive to that,” Thomas said. “I think each and every one of them is striving in their own way.”