Our long national nightmare is over; former Arizona Wildcat Anu Solomon has reportedly been named the starting QB for Baylor as it takes the field for the first time in the 2017 campaign this Saturday against the Liberty Flames.
Solomon, of course, transferred to Baylor pursuant to the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule in January in time to participate in spring practice, ultimately coming out of those practices as the #2 quarterback. Since then, he has apparently overtaken incumbent Zach Smith, who started four games last season including the Cactus Bowl, and earned his first start as a Baylor Bear. Solomon started 27 games for the Wildcats during his time at Arizona, putting up the following stats in his three years:
My guess is that Solomon got the job over Smith because of accuracy and decisionmaking; word is that Rhule and QB coach/co-OC Glenn Thomas prize those qualities above all others, and Solomon certainly has the more extensive track record at this point. Mobility also likely plays a role given our concerns about depth along the offensive line. Our own PocketChange detailed that and some of the other reasons why Solomon might be the right call for Baylor earlier this week, and you should check it out.