According to a report from David Smoak of ESPN Radio’s Central Texas affiliate, Baylor quarterback Zach Smith has decided to transfer from the program.
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 started multiple games this season, but the situation at quarterback was a bit of a revolving door for Matt Rhule in his first year as head coach.
Arizona transfer Anu Solomon started the first game for the Bears, but offensive struggles forced Rhule to give the sophomore Smith a shot at quarterback.
Smith, who led the Bears to a bowl win last season, seemed like he might be the answer with a four touchdown performance against Oklahoma in September. Inconsistent play saw true freshman Charlie Brewer get more and more playing time as the season went on, however.
In their last game of 2017, Brewer started for the Bears. In that 45-22 loss to TCU, Smith didn’t see the field until early in the fourth quarter.
Brewer, who graduated from the same high school that produced Heisman winner Baker Mayfield, will be Rhule’s only quarterback on scholarship. Given that Brewer had to have surgery after starting only a few games this season, this move will no doubt affect Baylor’s 2018 recruiting needs.