TUCSON, AZ - NOVEMBER 28: Quarterback Anu Solomon #12 of the Arizona Wildcats celebrates after defeating the Arizona State Sun Devils 42-35 to win the PAC-12 south championship following the Territorial Cup college football game at Arizona Stadium on November 28, 2014 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 77: Baylor QB Anu Solomon

Posted June 17th, 2017


The countdown to kickoff is on. Over the 100 days before Texas takes on Maryland, we’re counting down the 100 best players the Longhorns will face in 2017. This series is all about impressing your friends at pregame tailgates and watch parties, so grab a notepad and buckle up.

Who is he?

Anu Solomon should be a familiar name to hardcore college football fans. The graduate transfer from Arizona burst on the scene as a freshman in 2014, but knee problems and the emergence of Brandon Dawkins chased him out of Tuscon. With one year of eligibility remaining, he’s out for redemption with Baylor.

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What should the Longhorns watch for?

Solomon is embroiled in a hotly contested quarterback battle with Zach Smith, who started the final few games for the Bears in 2016, and true freshman Charlie Brewer from Lake Travis. Smith appeared to gain an edge exiting spring practice, but Solomon certainly has the skill to supplant him with a solid fall camp. Just watch his 2014 highlights if you forgot how good he can be.

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That year, he threw for 3,793 yards and rushed for another 291 as the Wildcats won the Pac 12 South and appeared in the Fiesta Bowl. He’s an accurate passer who can make things happen with his legs and is equally dangerous throwing on the run. He was 17-13 as a starter at Arizona, with 49 touchdowns and 28 interceptions. Whether or not he earns the starting job, expect Bears coach Matt Rhule to find ways to work him in. He has too much experience and skill to waste on an offense that — at least compared to previous seasons — will be lacking both.

Did you know?

Solomon is Hawaiian. He was born and grew up near Honolulu before moving to Las Vegas, where he won four state championships as the starter for powerhouse Bishop Gorman High School.

Catch up on the series

No. 100: Joel Lanning

No. 99: Tony Nicholson

No. 98: Da’Leon Ward

No. 97: Taylor Martin

No. 96: Kyler Murray

No. 95: Davion Hall

No. 94: Mike Warren

No. 93: Al-Rasheed Benton

No. 92: Carter Stanley

No. 91: Chris Bradley

No. 90: Justin Holmes

No. 89: Alex Barnes

No. 88: Daniel Wise

No. 87: Jesse Aniebonam

No. 86: Cole Walterscheid

No. 85: Shane Cockerille

No. 84: Martell Pettaway

No. 83: David Long

No. 82: Niko Small

No. 81: Cameron Batson

No. 80: Mike Lee

No. 79: Marcelias Sutton

No. 78: Carlos Strickland

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