Matt Rhule: QBs Zach Smith, Charlie Brewer competing to start vs. Texas

Although freshman Charlie Brewer led Baylor within a 2-point conversion of a massive comeback, he’s not guaranteed to be the Bears’ starting quarterback against Texas.

Coach Matt Rhule said Monday that Zach Smith would be the Bears’ quarterback if they had to play Monday. However, he noted that Smith and Brewer will compete throughout the week to face the Longhorns.

“We have a lot of confidence in Zach; he’s been our quarterback,” Rhule said, per the Waco Tribune’s John Werner. “… But the whole program is based on competition, so we’ll go out there and practice the next couple of days and see if Charlie can pick up where he left off.”

Smith has started Baylor’s past five games, but a stomach flu caused him to exit Saturday’s contest against West Virginia with the Bears down 38-13. Brewer then guided Baylor to 23 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, going 8-for-13 passing for 109 yards and 2 touchdowns with 48 rushing yards on 10 carries.

After a touchdown pass with 17 seconds left, Brewer was sacked on the 2-point attempt as the Bears fell to 0-7 with a 38-36 loss.

“I thought Charlie’s performance was gutty,” Rhule said. “I thought it was tough. … He’s a competitive, fiery guy that really got out there.”

The performance earned Brewer DieHards’ Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors. He also provoked clamor to be the starter, but it seems he’ll need another good week of practice to earn that title.

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