To say the 2017 season hasn’t gotten off to the best start for Baylor would be an understatement. The Bears are 0-2 with losses to Liberty and UTSA; not exactly juggernauts. In fact, they were probably the two easiest games on Baylor’s schedule. To add insult to injury, Baylor will have to face Duke this weekend without their starting quarterback, Anu Solomon.
It was announced on Monday that Zach Smith will take over the starting duties as Solomon is suffering from concussion-like symptoms and is in concussion protocol. Charlie Brewer will back up Zach Smith.
Matt Rhule says QB Anu Solomon has concussion-like symptoms. Charlie Brewer will back up Zach Smith on Saturday #Baylor
— Jessica Morrey (@JessicaMorrey) September 12, 2017
Solomon transferred to Baylor from Arizona back in January and came to Waco with a lot of promise. He threw for 6,922 yards and 49 touchdowns, to just 16 interceptions, in his three years at Arizona. However, his Baylor debut hasn’t been spectacular. He is 24/55 for 399 yards for four touchdowns and two interceptions through two games. That’s good for a 44.6 percent completion percentage, which is less than ideal.
Now starting QB Zach Smith played behind Seth Russell last season as a true freshman. He played in 9 games in 2016 and where he went 116/196 for 1,526 yards. He threw for 13 touchdowns, but he also gave up 7 interceptions.
While fans obviously wish it was under better circumstances, there are more than a few that will welcome the change under center. Fans have called for Smith, wanting to see what the sophomore can do as Solomon’s play has been up and down. For better or worse, they’ve gotten their wish as Baylor faces a tough road challenge at Duke.