Utah quarterback Charlie Brewer leaves Utes after 3 starts

Utah quarterback Charlie Brewer has left the school after only three starts with the Utes, with backup Cam Rising now taking his starting position. 

After only three starts as the starting quarterback for the Utah Utes, Charlie Brewer has now left the program after transferring from Baylor.

“Charlie has decided to move on and we wish him the best,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said in a statement.

The decision comes after Brewer struggled to pull out a win in a 33-31 triple-overtime loss to San Diego State. Brewer was pulled from the game, a decision that may have prompted Brewer to leave the school altogether.

The starting job now goes to Cam Rising, who was officially listed as such on the depth chart on Tuesday. After Brewer got the team into a 24-10 hole on Saturday, Rising brought the Utes within reach of a win with a safe passing game. Rising completed 19-of-32 passes for 153 yards and three touchdowns.

Utah quarterback Charlie Brewer leaves Utah QB position open to Cam Rising

While Rising ultimately won the starting job, it wasn’t the case earlier this season. In mid-August, the starter for the Utes was still undecided as Brewer and Rising battled it out in training camp. It was reported on Aug. 12, “no discernible gap exists between the two so far.” By Aug. 26, Brewer was listed as the official starter for the season.

This is the second time Rising has battled for the top spot in his short collegiate career. Last season, Rising fought South Carolina transfer Jake Bentley for the starting job, with Rising ultimately winning out. Unfortunately, Rising suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in their opening game against USC.

Brewer completed 48-of-79 passes for 484 yards in three games, with three touchdowns and three interceptions that resulted in a 1-2 start.

Back in August, Rising remarked on the season’s potential for the Utes.

“This team is stacked pretty much from top to bottom,” Rising said. “I’m excited for this team. It’s going to be a great year for sure.”

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