Baylor notebook: Brewer makes 1st appearance; Galitz gets injured; Lovett, Mims step up

October 1, 2017

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Baylor freshman quarterback Charlie Brewer burned his redshirt when he made a brief appearance in the second quarter of Saturday’s 33-20 loss to Kansas State.

Baylor coach Matt Rhule was trying to give Kansas State a different look, but Brewer was nailed for a 1-yard loss on his only run before starter Zach Smith returned to the game.

Brewer is Baylor’s backup quarterback since Anu Solomon is under concussion protocol.

“We were going to have to use Charlie at some point,” Rhule said. “Zach got a little beat up last week. We just thought we’d get Charlie in there if we need to get some quarterback runs. We’re just trying to manufacture a run game and unfortunately went backwards. We’re trying to take the burden out of running the football with Zach.”

Galitz out with injury

Baylor suffered a big blow when Drew Galitz went out on the opening kickoff with a non-contact injury that Rhule said is a knee issue.

Rhule is fearful that the injury is season ending, but will learn more when Galitz meets with doctors.

Galitz handles kickoff duties and is one of the top punters in the Big 12. When he left the game, place kicker Connor Martin took over punting duties and averaged 42 yards on three punts.

Martin ran 16 yards on a fake punt, but also dropped a snap in the fourth quarter that led to a Kansas State field goal.

“Hopefully Drew is OK, but it could be season ending,” Rhule said. “They said it was his knee. A lot of credit to Connor for stepping in and going out there and running that fake punt. I don’t know if he’s ever practiced that. Drew’s obviously a tremendous kickoff man for us. We knew going into this game their return teams are fantastic. We knew it would be a challenge. In the punt game, Connor doesn’t have a ton of work.”

Bears snap winning streak in Manhattan

The Bears had a two-game winning streak against Kansas State in Manhattan before Saturday’s loss.

In 2013, the Bears pulled off a 35-25 win before taking a 31-24 win in 2015. The loss was Baylor’s first at Kansas State since 2011.

Despite their 0-5 start, Rhule believes the Bears are still making progress.

“I hate to use the word ‘young’ because it always seems like I’m making excuses. but that’s kind of what you see,” Rhule said. “You see guys out there kind of beating themselves. We had 10 penalties again. If we don’t have 10 penalties, we score a lot more points and probably give a few less.”

Lovett, Mims make big plays

Rhule was excited to see freshman John Lovett break away for a 74-yard touchdown run and Denzel Mims catch a 70-yard touchdown pass from Zach Smith in the second half.

“To have the ability to make those explosive plays gives us a little bit of momentum, get the game back in reach, that was crucial,” Rhule said.

Lovett finished with 95 yards on seven carries while Mims made seven catches for 127 yards. Pooh Stricklin led the Bears with nine catches for 102 yards.