Football season will be here before you know it. Through the dog days of summer, we’re going to get you prepared with a series on some of the best players Texas will face in 2018.
Who is he?
In an alternate universe, perhaps, Charlie Brewer is the last piece of the only father-son-grandson trio to start at quarterback for the University of Texas. Alas, some combination of Brewer’s relatively small stature, Sam Ehlinger’s prodigious skill and plain bad luck left Brewer as an overlooked recruit. Originally committed to SMU, Brewer landed at Baylor after new coach Matt Rhule sent him a late offer.
The Lake Travis product then proceeded to have one of the best true freshman quarterback seasons in recent memory. Brewer completed 68.1 percent (139 of 204) of his passes for 1,562 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. The Big 12 coaches voted him co-offensive freshman of the year despite the fact he only started four games.
What should the Longhorns watch for?
Clinical. That’s the best word to describe Brewer’s game. Listed at 6-foot-1, 202 pounds, he doesn’t have the prototypical quarterback body or a cannon arm. He makes up for it with supreme accuracy and by making quick decisions. When he needs to, he’s more than capable of escaping the pocket to pick up a first down.
Sounds kind of like Baker Mayfield, right? Makes sense. The two went to the same high school and became friends through years of throwing the ball around with Brewer’s older brother, former Virginia Tech and Texas Tech signal caller Michael Brewer. Now, Charlie Brewer is the latest Lake Travis product that Texas has to worry about.
Texas held Brewer and the Bears in check last fall in Waco. Still listed as the backup, Brewer got called into action early after Zach Smith threw an opening-drive pick six. Brewer completed 17 of 27 passes for 181 yards in a 38-7 loss.
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