Charlie Brewer hasn’t suited up in an official game for the University of Utah — Utes fans did get a glimpse at him in the team’s spring game — but there are high expectations from the quarterback who transferred in from Baylor.
CBS Sports’ Ben Kercheval broke down several top quarterback transfers into different tiers, ranked on how they could impact their programs in the 2021 season, in an article published by 247 Sports. Brewer made Tier 1, or ‘Playoff hopefuls, league title contenders,’ along with Notre Dame’s Jack Coan, who transferred from Wisconsin.
“Brewer will face competition from Cam Rising in the preseason, but for whatever it’s worth, he was literally perfect in the Utes’ spring game (15 of 15 for 151 yards and two touchdowns),” Kercheval said. “He’s not the most physically gifted player at the position, but he can win games. With a good defense, which Utah should once again have, Brewer can be the type of quarterback to get Utah back to the Pac-12 Championship game.”
Brewer joined Utah this offseason and will be a senior in 2021, joining a quarterback room full of transfers, including Rising, the former Texas QB who was the starter last year before getting hurt in his first game as a Ute.
247 Sports’ Sam Marsdale broke down how Brewer’s Baylor career, including a tough 2020, worked out: “In his four years with the Bears, Brewer threw for 9,700 yards and 65 touchdowns, as well as 28 interceptions. Brewer threw for a career-high 3,161 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2019 for the Bears. This season did not exactly go as Brewer planned, though. He completed just 61.7% of his passes for 1,958 yards, 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions.”
Now, Brewer finds himself in contention to lead the offense for a Utah team that advanced to the Pac-12 title game in 2018 and 2019, losing to Washington and Oregon, respectively, in the back-to-back appearances. The Utes finished the pandemic-impacted 2020 season with a 3-2 record, winning their final three games.