There’s no ifs, ands or ORs about it: Charlie Brewer is the starting quarterback for Utah’s season opener against Weber State.
The Utes open the season against the Wildcats on Thursday, Sept. 2 at 5:30 p.m. MDT at the newly renovated Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Brewer, a senior, was considered a leading candidate for the starting position, as he came to Utah after starting for four seasons at Baylor and has thrown for 9,700 yards and 65 touchdowns in his college career.
Rising, a sophomore, was the Game 1 starter for Utah last season before going down with a season-ending injury just one quarter into the year.
The 6-foot-1, 208-pound Brewer was named to the team’s 16-man leadership council earlier this week and has been named to the preseason watch lists for the Davey O’Brien Award (nation’s best college quarterback) and Maxwell Award (college player of the year).
During the Utes’ spring game in April, Brewer showed off his potential by completing 15 of 15 passes for 151 yards, two touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 228.6 in just one half of play.
The 6-2, 220-pound Rising completed 3 of 6 passes for 45 yards with an interception against USC in the 2020 opener before a shoulder injury knocked him out for the year. He was named one of five team captains earlier this week, in addition to the Utes’ leadership council.