Utah starts quarterback Charlie Brewer has chosen to go away from the program after just three games with Utah, the university announced Tuesday. “Charlie has decided to maneuver on and that we wish him well,” read a press release from coach Kyle Whittingham.
Brewer was the primary four-year starter at Baylor since JJ Joe in 1993, appearing in 40 games in bear uniform. After a poor senior season, he entered the transfer portal in search of playing time.
Utah was touted as an area where current starter Jack Bentley could compete for a starting job after moving to South Alabama.
After an off-season battle with River Shirt sophomore Cam Rising, Brewer has been named a starter out of pre-season camp. The seniors completed 60.8% passes for 484 yards, three touchdowns, and three intercepts during their short stint with Utes.
However, their short tour marked the primary loss to bitter rivals BYU since 2009 and a 1-2 start. Brewer was given the bench after defeating Utes 24-10 against San Diego State in favor of Rising. The latter made a robust comeback in triple overtime, losing 33-31.
The rising performance raised questions on who would be a subsequent quarterback. Certainly, Rising is listed as QB1 within the latest depth chart for Utah before the Week 4 game against Washington State. Fellow Texas transfer Ja’Quinden Jackson was listed as a backup.
While Brewer started the games in five seasons and threw about 1,100 college passes, he didn’t use his redshirt this year. this might leave the door open for Brewer to enter the transfer portal and play something new in 2022.
The redshirt rule – commonly used for underclassmen – allows a player to participate in four games without a year of eligibility.
For his career, Brewer has completed 63.3% passes for 10,184 yards, 68 touchdowns, and 31 interceptions. He also ran for 1,055 yards and 22 touchdowns.