After months of reps, debate, and over-analyzation, Matt Rhule announced that Anu Solomon will be the starting quarterback for the Baylor Bears.
Solomon, Zach Smith and true freshman Charlie Brewer were battling for the job, but it was always expected that it was a two-horse race between the incumbent and the Arizona transfer.
Solomon left Arizona after graduating early, so he was eligible to play right away. Solomon’s best season came as a redshirt freshman in 2014, when he led Arizona to the Pac-12 South title and the Fiesta Bowl, throwing for nearly 3,800 yards and 28 touchdowns. From there, the injury bug got the best of Solomon. He suffered a pair of concussions in 2015 and only played five games last season with a knee injury.
Smith was the incumbent who was thrown right into the fire last season as a freshman, playing in 9 of 13 games and starting the last four of the season. He was put into a tough spot as the Bears struggled down the stretch, but ended the season on a high note, completing 28 passes on 39 attempts with 375 yards, along with a career-high-tying three TDs and one interception against Boise State in the Cactus Bowl.
Smith is not considered as nimble in the pocket as Solomon, who is not a true dual-threat, but he certainly has better wheels than his competition.
It’s not the first time Solomon had Baylor on his radar. He considered the Bears as a senior at Las Vegas’ Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas a few years ago.
Some believed that Solomon had an edge in the race because he was more mobile and Baylor’s offensive line is expected to be a work in progress, to put it nicely, this season.
So it’s Anu Solomon who gets the job for now as the Bears begin Year 1 under head coach Matt Rhule this Saturday evening at home against Liberty. Kick off from McLane Stadium set for 6:00 CT.
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