Why quarterback Charlie Brewer is turning heads during spring camp

Utah quarterback Charlie Brewer looks to throw during spring camp at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. | University of Utah Athletics

Brewer’s primary competitor for the starting job is Cam Rising, who is not participating in spring drills as he recovers from shoulder surgery. Rising is expected to be fully recovered when the Utes reconvene in August

Baylor transfer Charlie Brewer continues to solidify himself as Utah’s No. 1 quarterback as the Utes work through the fourth week of spring practices.

Coach Kyle Whittingham was asked Tuesday if any QB has separated himself from the rest of the group.

“Charlie Brewer, hands down. He’s been everything we’ve hoped he’d be to this point. He’s a proven vet,” he said. “He’s got a lot of experience under his belt at the Power Five level. He’s thrown for a ton of yards and he’s won a ton of games. That’s what we expected. So far, he’s been exactly what we’ve expected.”

During spring camp, Brewer, a senior, has been competing with a group of freshmen — Peter Costelli, Ja’Quinden Jackson, Cooper Justice and Bryson Barnes.

Fans will be able to catch Brewer’s first public performance as a Ute during the spring game on April 17 at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

“Charlie Brewer, hands down. He’s been everything we’ve hoped he’d be to this point. He’s a proven vet. He’s got a lot of experience under his belt at the Power Five level. He’s thrown for a ton of yards and he’s won a ton of games. That’s what we expected.” — Utah coach Kyle Whittingham on Charlie Brewer separating himself from the pack of QBs

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Meanwhile, sophomore QB Cam Rising is not participating in spring drills as he recovers from shoulder surgery. He is expected to be fully recovered when the Utes reconvene in August.

“As (Brewer) continues to digest and assimilate the offense, he gets better and better,” Whittingham said. “It’s going to be a great battle between him and Cam this fall. They’re two outstanding quarterbacks.”

Whittingham anticipates Brewer and Rising splitting the reps during fall camp.

“They’re going to have equal footing. Cam did a great job for us last year through camp and through spring before he got injured. He’s right on schedule,” Whittingham said. “He’s throwing the ball right now — not very far. But he’s throwing the football. We envision right now a two-man race. It could change if JJ keeps performing and getting better or Peter. But if it’s not just those two right out of the gate, it will be just those two very shortly once we decide who the No. 3 guy is, if we haven’t already done that.”

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Quarterback Cameron Rising runs drills during a University of Utah football practice at the Eccles Football Center in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Rising has been unable to participate in spring camp while he recovers from an injury, but is …read more

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