By Austin Payne
Brewer was recently cleared to play in this exact game after having suffered a concussion in the Bears Big12 Title game against the Sooners, making this type of injury even more concerning. He finished the game with 211 yards passing on 24/41 attempts and one touchdown pass and a rushing touchdown to go with overall.
Coach Matt Rhule suggested that Charlie didn’t seem to be concussed after the incident, and that they were actually concerned about spinal and neck injuries to the QB. “It’s scary when they were holding his head and stabilizing his neck and he’s yelling at them to let go of him and let him go back in the game,” Matt Rhule quoted. “He’s a great player whose best football is in front of him.”
Brewer, who was a moderately recruited prospect coming out of high school, has become a centerpiece for the turn around of Baylor’s football program under head coach Matt Rhule, who is now being considered for many NFL coaching opportunities as well. Charlie was a three star prospect and the 36th ranked pro style passer in his class, which didn’t stop him from taking over the starting job for the Bears.
As a junior this season CB finishes the season with 3,161 passing yards on a 64.5% completion percentage, accompanied by his 21-7 touchdown to pick ratio. Putting up almost a mirror season to last in his second year as the full time starter, it’s expected that Brewer will return to Baylor for next season as he is not currently a highly coveted draft prospect.
Despite this, and having avoided him a bit myself, Charlie does possess a lot of traits that NFL teams are looking for, and we all know they love low maintenance seniors who are just solid guys all around. That being said, it’s easily conceivable that he could work himself into the draft conversation next year, moving up as high as a potential mid round pick if everything goes ideally.
It will be interesting to see how Brewer and the uncertainty of Matt Rhule affect Baylor’s progression next season, and whether or not they will return to the same prominence they enjoyed under Art Briles briefly. The Bears will also be losing two prominent contributors on offense this offseason, with both starters JaMycal Hasty and Denzel Mims being seniors. (See Mims draft projection) You know what they say though, as long as you’ve got a QB and a coach, you’ve got it all. They’ve got the quarterback, but will they still have the coach?