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Baylor football news: Zach Smith named staring quarterback

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Losing to Liberty will make anyone do something drastic. For the Baylor Bears, it has resulted in an iffy start to the season and a decision to make a change at the quarterback position.

For what it is worth, it has been interesting to see how Baylor has handled losses to both Liberty and UTSA. Not with any real sense of dignity, but with a plethora of excuses being made. Accountability be damned, apparently.

Here is a gem from head coach Matt Rhule: “A lot of people play true freshmen. We’re playing true freshmen who have never played that position before.”


Anyway, back to the news part of this situation.

Rhule announced Monday that sophomore Zach Smith will supplant graduate transfer Anu Solomon at quarterback. Solomon started both of the Baylor’s first two games this season. Solomon wasn’t really good, hitting on only 22-of-54 passes (43.6 percent) for 399 yards (7.3 yards per attempt) with four touchdowns against two interceptions while rushing 16 times for 106 yards.

Zach Smith has started previously. He is responsible for Baylor’s only victory since Oct. 15 of last season, hitting 28-of-39 throws for 375 yards with three touchdowns and an interception in a 31-12 win over Boise State in the Cactus Bowl last December.

Considering the Bears have already dropped two games against programs most could consider cupcakes, Smith has an uphill challenge ahead of him.

Baylor visits Duke on Saturday. While this isn’t Baylor basketball facing Duke hoops, it is a step up from facing Liberty. Then the team will open Big 12 play with a back-to-back-to-back streak of top-20 opponents, first against No. 2 Oklahoma, then at No. 18 Kansas State and at No. 9 Oklahoma State.