How the Utes landed former Baylor QB who once guided Bears to an 11-1 regular-season record

Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer signals a play against Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. The four-year Bears starter transferred to Utah in the offseason and is expected to get the majority of reps during spring camp. | Justin Rex, Associated Press

Charlie Brewer was four-year starter and one of the most prolific QBs in Baylor history

Over the years, Utah has welcomed transfer quarterbacks of various abilities and experience into the its program.

But none has had the credentials, background and accomplishments of Baylor graduate transfer Charlie Brewer.

The Austin, Texas, native, a four-year starter with the Bears, was one of the most prolific QBs in school history, and helped lead Baylor to the Sugar Bowl at the end of the 2019 season.

Brewer arrived on campus in Salt Lake City in January, marking his first time in the state of Utah. He is becoming accustomed to the mountains that surround the Wasatch Front.

“Way different than Waco and Austin,” Brewer said of his new environs.

While snowfall is expected in Salt Lake City at this time of year, Texas has been battered by severe winter storms recently that have knocked out power and Texans throughout the state have suffered.

“Everyone’s good. Everyone’s bundled up,” he said of his family. “Most people have lost power here and there. People aren’t used to that type of weather. I got out of Texas at the right time.”

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound senior is an avid hunter and fisherman, making Utah a good landing spot for someone with those avocations.

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But that’s not why he’s here. He’s here to play football at a high level and help Utah win games.

“Maybe in the summer I’ll get to branch out and do some of those things,” Brewer said. “Right now I’m getting acclimated and learning the playbook.”

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham is happy to have a quarterback of Brewer’s caliber and experience on board on a team in need of a new starting QB.

“We’re ecstatic that he’s here,” Whittingham said. “He’ll be the guy in spring ball that will get the majority of the reps.”

“We’re ecstatic that he’s here. He’ll be the guy in spring ball that will get the majority of the reps.” — Kyle Whittingham on transfer QB Charlie Brewer

At Baylor, Brewer threw for 9,700 yards, No. 2 in school history, and became the second player in Baylor history to eclipse the 10,000-yard mark for total offense in a career with 10,797 yards — including 1,039 rushing yards. Brewer passed for 65 touchdowns and ran for 22 TDs.

“I’m able to run and throw. I can be a part of the running game and get outside the pocket as well as throw the ball,” Brewer said, describing his style. “Going into this new offense, what I need to work on is first learning it. We’re a big run, play-action team. I’ll keep working on play-action, under center. Those are things I can work on.”

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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