WACO, Texas Zach Smith says he grew up as a quarterback in 2016 when he was thrust into the starting role due to injury. He's ready to prove that to his teammates and fans Saturday in his first start of this year.
Smith takes over as Baylor's starting quarterback after an 0-2 start to the season. He replaces Anu Solomon who struggled in their week 2 loss and is suffering from some concussion type symptoms after that game.
Smith threw for over 1500 yards last season and tossed 13 touchdowns for the Bears. Now he's hoping to spark an offense that really needs it in week 3 at Duke.
Baylor head coach Matt Rhule said Tuesday he knew Smith was ready to play when he had to go into the UTSA game for one play. Rhule says when Anu Solomon had a bloody arm, Smith took off his headset and put on his helmet. Rhule said then there was an interesting moment.
"Actually he was running out there and I said do you want run or throw it? He kinda laughed and ran out so I said that's my guy so, I hope Zach will connect on a couple more balls that are there."
Baylor and Duke play Saturday at Duke with kickoff set for 11:30pm local time.