Baylor's Charlie Brewer, Iowa State's Brock Purdy providing solid quarterbacking
OU’s Jalen Hurts and Texas’ Sam Ehlinger are getting most of the Big 12 quarterback attention. But don’t sleep on two other quarterbacks in the conference. Iowa State sophomore Brock Purdy is rounding into form. And Baylor junior Charlie Brewer long ago rounded into form.
“I’ll be honest quite honest with you,” Baylor coach Matt Rhule said Monday on the Big 12 teleconference. “I felt that way about him at the end of the year last year. So I think now you’re seeing a guy who’s protecting the ball, extending plays, making plays. He never makes it about himself. Always makes it about his team. He’s doing it at a really high level and playing really good football.”
Brewer is completing 65.5 percent of his passes this season, with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions. Brewer has led Baylor to consecutive victories over Iowa State and Kansas State.
“They’ve got a tremendous quarterback that makes plays,” K-State coach Chris Klieman said of Brewer. “He doesn’t scramble to run yet he scrambles to keep plays alive.”
Meanwhile, Purdy has completed 70.8 percent of his passes this season, to go with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions. Purdy completed 19 of 24 in a 49-24 victory over TCU last week.
“If you said, where has he grown from last year to this year, I’d say owning what’s going on around him offensively,” said Iowa State coach Matt Campbell. “It was good for us to get to the offseason last year and really help him take ownership of what we’re trying to do offensively.”
Hurts remains at the top of Big 12 quarterbacks, with a ridiculous quarterbacking rating of 231.3. But Ehlinger, Purdy and Brewer rank 2-3-4, all in the 160s.
Wells’ wife a Baylor grad
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Texas Tech plays at Baylor on Saturday, and Tech coach Matt Wells is a fan of Baylor coach Matt Rhule. So is Wells’ wife, Jen.
“Truth be told, my wife’s a Baylor grad and wanted to meet him,” Wells said Monday on the Big 12 teleconference.
For good reason. Rhule has rebuilt the Bears into a top-25 team. Baylor is 5-0 and now ranked 22nd in the AP poll.
“The guy’s a program builder, he’s a culture builder,” Wells said. “He’s done it his way. I’ve got a lot of respect for him. I know those guys really good. Tremendous staff. Leaders. Doesn’t surprise me to see him flip that program. My hat’s off.”
Rhule laughed when told about Wells’ wife.
“I consider Matt (Wells) a really good friend of mine,” Rhule said. “Got to know him at Utah State (Wells’ previous stop). Really great guy. Built a friendship, my wife and his wife. We teased him this summer when they visited (Waco), made sure all their boys had Baylor shirts.”
Miles turns to young coordinator
When Kansas routed Boston College 48-24 on Sept. 13 and posted 567 total yards, the Jayhawk offense seemed in capable hands.
But now KU has lost three straight Big 12 games – 29-24 to West Virginia, 51-14 to TCU and 45-20 at OU – and Jayhawk coach Les Miles on Sunday fired his offensive coordinator, Les Koenning.
“Seemed like we peaked and valleyed too often,” Miles said. “I just felt like we needed a more consistent direction. So we made the change.” Miles said the style offense wasn’t likely to change but hopefully the success would.
Miles has promoted Brent Dearmon, who has been an offensive analyst but now will call plays, Miles said. Dearmon is a 2008 graduate of Bethel University, and he was head coach of the NAIA school last season. Before that, Dearmon was an offensive analyst at Auburn, a three-year offensive coordinator at Arkansas Tech and a head coach for two years at an Alabama high school.
In a Kansas release, Miles spoke glowingly of Dearmon and said there were a lot of positives in making the move.
“I just think the idea that as a young man, how he’s studied, how he was in the film room, he was the son of a football coach, played quarterback,” Miles said. “I certainly got enthusiastic with the description.”
Brown stands by Kendall
West Virginia quarterback Austin Kendall threw four interceptions in a 42-31 loss to Texas and now ranks last, ninth, among Big 12 quarterbacks in passer rating. He’s thrown seven interceptions this season, with just three touchdown passes.
But Mountaineer coach Neal Brown is standing by his man, who transferred from OU in January.
“He’s fine,” Brown said. “He threw for 360 (367) plus yards. He gave us a chance. When you drop back and throw the ball that many times — I think we had 50-plus pass plays called — you put yourself at risk for some turnovers.”
Brown said Kendall was the victim of “bad luck” on two of the other turnovers and a bad call on another.
“I thought at times he played as well as he has played all year,” Brown said of Kendall against Texas. “He understands he made mistakes he can’t make. But his mindset will be good as he gets back to practice today.”