After seemingly losing the starting quarterback job to true freshman Charlie Brewer, Zach Smith is transferring from Baylor University, as first reported by David Smoak of ESPN-Central Texas.
I’ve learned sophomore QB @thezach_smith has decided to transfer from #Baylor and will make it official soon. He’s begun the process of getting his release. Smith, was 221-397 passing for 2,997-yards, 21-TD’s in 19-games after a record-breaking career at Grandview HS. #CFB #NCAA
— David Smoak (@DavidSmoak) December 13, 2017
Smith lost the starting job before the season to Arizona transfer Anu Solomon and then eventually was beat out during the season by Charlie Brewer. Smith was thrown into the fire last year as a freshman and performed well down the stretch. In the season finale against Boise State in the Cactus Bowl, Smith finished 28 of 39 for 375 yards with three touchdown passes in a 31-12 win, giving plenty of reason for optimism heading into the offseason.
Smith got a handful of starts this season, but eventually lost the job to Brewer. His best game of the season came in a 49-41 loss to Oklahoma when Smith completed 33 of 50 passes for 463 yards and four touchdowns. But he also struggled in games against Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Texas, before Brewer got the starting nod for the rest of the season in November.
This leave the Bears with Brewer as the only scholarship quarterback on the roster. The Bears will look to land at least one quarterback in the 2018 class, with Gerry Bohanon, a 3-star dual threat from Arkansas considered a top target for Baylor.