Sophomore quarterback Zach Smith confirmed Wednesday that he is planning to transfer from Baylor.
Smith had no further comment and Baylor coach Matt Rhule couldn’t be reached for comment. But the loss of Smith will leave Baylor with one scholarship quarterback on the roster, freshman Charlie Brewer.
After replacing graduate transfer quarterback Anu Solomon in the third game, Smith started six games for the Bears this season and hit 52.2 percent of his passes for 1,471 yards and eight touchdowns with eight interceptions.
When Smith suffered a shoulder injury, Brewer replaced him in the starting lineup for the last four games. Brewer finished the season by completing 68.1 percent of his passes for 1,562 yards with 11 touchdowns and four interceptions, and was named the Big 12 co-freshman of the year by the Big 12 coaches.
Brewer led the Bears to their only win in a 1-11 season, a 38-9 decision over Kansas on Nov. 4 in Lawrence.
Smith, a Grandview High School graduate, started the last four games as a freshman in the 2016 season after Seth Russell went down with a season ending injury.
Smith passed for 1,526 yards and 13 touchdowns with seven interceptions last season, including 375 yards and three scores in a 31-12 win over Boise State in the Cactus Bowl. That was Smith’s only win as a starting quarterback as he went 1-9 in two seasons.
Under NCAA transfer rules, Smith will have to sit out in the 2018 season but will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Walk-on quarterbacks Preston Heard and Zack Bennema are on Baylor’s roster, but the Bears don’t yet have a commitment from a quarterback in the 2018 class.
The Bears are hoping to sign dual-threat quarterback Gerry Bohanon from Earle, Ark., when the NCAA early signing period begins Dec. 20. But Bohanon has been widely recruited by such SEC schools as Arkansas, Alabama, LSU and Auburn.