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.
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.
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.
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