Welcome to Big 12 DieHards’ Week 8 Newcomer of the Week. There were a number of exciting performances across the Big 12 from newcomers, but one stood apart.
Also check out our other Big 12 player of the week awards:
- Offensive Player of the Week Rodney Anderson
- Defensive Player of the Week Marcel Spears
- Special Teams Player of the Week KaVontae Turpin
Baylor QB Charlie Brewer
Most expected Baylor freshman Charlie Brewer to redshirt behind quarterbacks Zach Smith and Anu Solomon. But when Solomon was sidelined because of concussion issues, that went out the window. Matt Rhule decided to put Brewer in for the fourth quarter against No. 23 West Virginia. That’s when things went crazy.
Brewer threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Trestan Ebner on his third play from scrimmage. The next drive, Ebner rushed for a 40-yard touchdown. Brewer’s running threat played a significant part.
However, the more impressive drives came later. Brewer led 13- and 16-play scoring drives down the stretch to manufacture a 23-0 run against the Mountaineers. Baylor came into the fourth quarter with 267 yards. It posted 230 yards on 7.2 yards per play with Brewer behind center in the fourth quarter.
Brewer completed 8 of 13 passes for 109 yards and 2 touchdowns, including 1 with seconds on the clock. He added 10 carries for 40 yards.
Rhule now has a difficult decision whether to start Brewer or Smith against Texas next week. Regardless, Brewer made a heck of a case.
- Picking between Brewer and teammate running back Trestan Ebner was difficult. Ebner touched the ball only 8 times, but he went for 163 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Bears’ comeback.
- Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise Brown posted 6 catches for 126 yards in the Sooners’ 42-35 win against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan.
- West Virginia quarterback Will Grier posted 375 yards and 5 touchdowns with no turnovers in the Mountaineers’ 38-36 win against Baylor.