Having made the decision to transfer from Arizona to Baylor as a graduate student in January, quarterback Anu Solomon was one of the players competing for the starting job under first-year head coach Matt Rhule. On Tuesday, it was reported by Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports that Solomon will get the nod when the Bears open the 2017-18 season on Saturday evening against Liberty.
Solomon, who reportedly beat out both sophomore Zach Smith and freshman Charlie Brewer, is the most experienced of the three options with regards to playing at the Division I level.
Solomon made 27 starts in his four years at Arizona, including 14 starts as a redshirt freshman. An All Pac-12 honorable mention that year, Solomon was the first quarterback in program history to start the season-opener as a freshman. Solomon completed 58 percent of his passing attempts that year, throwing for 3,793 yards, 28 touchdowns and nine interceptions as he helped lead the Wildcats to 10 wins and a Tostitos Fiesta Bowl berth. After that standout redshirt freshman season Solomon would miss time due to injury in each of the following two campaigns. In 2016-17 Solomon played in just five games, two being starts, due to injuries.
The aforementioned Smith played in 10 games for the Bears last season, completing 59.2 percent of his passing attempts while throwing for 1,526 yards, 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Four of Smith’s 10 appearances last season were starts, as he took over for the injured Seth Russell during a loss to Oklahoma and would start the final four games of the season. Charlie Brewer was an early enrollee, joining the Bears for spring practice in order to compete for the starting job.