Senior quarterback Charlie Brewer likes doing things the hard way.
Brewer enrolled at Baylor without ever visiting campus or meeting his coach. His first real action came down 38-13, when he nearly pulled off an unthinkable comeback against West Virginia. He helped drag the program from 1-11 to 11-3 in just two years, the quickest turnaround by a power program in college football history.
For his final act? Brewer must help navigate his team through the COVID-19 pandemic with a roster facing massive turnover and a brand new coaching staff that arrived much later than most new administrations in college football.
“He’s very well respected by his teammates,” Larry Fedora said. “That’s a luxury. If we didn’t have that situation right now, it could be really scary going into a season without practice all the way up until August.”
Even during an injury-plagued junior season, Brewer put it all on the line. He scored three touchdowns after regulation during a triple-overtime slugfest against TCU. He posted 94 yards on the final drive of regulation against Texas Tech to set up a game-tying field goal. Against Iowa State, he took the Bears 61 yards for the game-winner.
In all the biggest moments, Brewer did all the dirty work. He was rewarded with just the third 11-win season in program history.
“He’s a winner,” Fedora said. “Winning and competing is extremely important to him. He’s one of those guys that when it comes down to the final play, he wants to be making the decisions. He wants the ball in his hands. He’s willing to put the team on his back.”
Brewer is quietly putting together one of the best careers in program history. He ranks No. 3 in program history in passing yards, No. 4 in passing touchdowns, No. 4 in total touchdowns and behind only Heisman winner Robert Griffin III on the total yardage list, despite not playing in the QB friendly tempo offenses of yesteryear.
However, there’s one stat that ranks above the rest: wins. With another strong season, Brewer can become the winningest quarterback in program history. No one at Baylor has any intention of letting the standard drop.
“I’ve got to lead in a great way this year,” Brewer said. “I’ve got to perform at a high level. I know that. I know what my teammates expect of me and what I expect of them. Heading into the season, I think there are very high expectations.”
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