The injury bug has not been kind to Baylor in 2017. Ten players have suffered season-ending injuries. Another fifteen players have missed, or will miss, significant time. That amount of attrition would be tough for any team, let alone a team already short on depth.
Unfortunately, the bad news keeps coming for Baylor. First reported by the Dallas Morning News, quarterback Anu Solomon has decided to withdraw from Baylor. The decision was made to avoid failing his post-graduate classes as Solomon has been dealing with concussion-like symptoms.
Solomon came to Waco this season as a graduate transfer from Arizona, and earned the start job for the Bears. However, after week two’s game against UTSA, Solomon was placed in concussion protocol and last season’s starter Zach Smith was given the nod for week three against Duke. Smith cement the starting role as he brought a new spark to the offense that was missing with Solomon under center.
Solomon finishes the season 24/55 for 399 yards, four touchdowns and two picks.
Solomon’s injury has left the Bears short on quarterback depth. Freshman quarterback Charlie Brewer has taken up the backup spot to Smith, and has been used the offense to give the Bears a different wrinkle on offense. He may see an increased role this week against Kansas as Smith was banged up last week against Texas. Though Smith is still expected to start.