While not yet official from the coaching staff, reports have come out that Baylor transfer Charlie Brewer will be the starting QB for Utah going into the 2021 season. After a strong spring camp, and likely a strong fall camp (nobody sees it so nobody really knows) Brewer beat out Cam Rising. Rising likely would have been the starter for the Utes, and was the starter going into the season last year, but his shoulder injury necessitated the Utes to go out and get Brewer. I think the sentiment around the program, and among many fans, that Brewer was going to be the guy going into 2021, but it sounds like Risings quick recovery made him much more competitive than many thought he would be going into fall camp. Andy Ludwig did comment on Rising’s recovery and how well he’s bounced back.
During his time at Baylor Brewer threw for 9,700 yards and 65 touchdowns in four seasons and 44 games, and led the Bears to a Sugar Bowl. When the Utes landed the QB this past winter I was shocked they were able to bring in such an experienced QB. On the strength of Brewer and Rising, as well as the returning talent, the Utes are a trendy pick in the Pac-12, and if they get high-level play from Brewer a big season could be in store. fortunately, the QB room may be as talented as it has ever been.