True freshman Charlie Brewer will get his first career start for Baylor on Saturday against Kansas. Brewer will step in for Zach Smith, who is questionable with a shoulder injury, and Anu Solomon who withdrew from school due to concussion-related symptoms.
Brewer was one of the most efficient high school quarterbacks in Texas history as a senior at Lake Travis. Brewer may be in over his head, but if Matt Rhule and the Bears can limit the playbook and protect him, Brewer should be serviceable.
The Bears are in a tight spot, they lacked depth entering the season, and now they've been hit hard by the injury bug. Aside from Smith and Solomon, the Bears are missing Tony Nicholson, Pooh Stricklin, Chris Platt and R.J. Sneed. Running backs Trestan Ebner and John Lovett are questionable. Linebacker Clay Johnston, one of the real bright spots for Baylor's defense might be done for the season, and cornerback Harrison Hand is questionable for Kansas as well.
The Bears are 0-8 this season. It was always going to be a tough season, but Baylor may be several years away from fielding a competitive Big 12 team again.
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