MORGANTOWN – There’s trouble brewing for West Virginia in Waco, Texas, Thursday night and the Brewer is a quarterback named Charlie.

That’s when the Mountaineers play unbeaten No. 11/12-ranked Baylor at 8 p.m. on ESPN and Charlie Brewer is the Bears’ quarterback.

If anyone was ever born to play quarterback it was Charlie Brewer.

His grandfather – also named Charlie – was a quarterback at Texas, as was his father, Robert, who was the MVP of the 1982 Cotton Bowl as the Longhorns came from behind to upset No. 3 Alabama, 14-12, with Robert Brewer scoring on a QB draw on third and long.

An uncle, Rob Moerschell, was also a quarterback at Texas who backed up Robert Brewer on that 1982 Cotton Bowl team while older brother Michael played at both Virginia Tech and Texas Tech.

When Michael Brewer was the man at Texas Tech, Neal Brown was the Red Raiders’ offensive coordinator.

“One of my favorite families that I recruited,” Brown said. “He really bought into what we were doing at Texas Tech. He was my first recruit there and he really started a special class.”

He also brought around his younger brother named after his grandfather, Charlie, who attended the Texas Tech football camp when he was 10.

Yes, he was destined to play quarterback.

“He’s had pressure on him since he started playing,” Brown said.

One can only imagine what the games of catch were like in the Brewer’s backyard, but Charlie didn’t lack for good instruction.

He grew up in Austin, Texas, and played at Lake Travis High there, which is one of the great powers in Texas. He was preceded as quarterback there by a fellow named Baker Mayfield, who went to Oklahoma and won the Heisman Trophy.

They started out as neighbors playing football in the front yard and both won state championships at Lake Travis.

Brewer was one of the greatest high school quarterbacks ever. During his senor season, he set the all-time completion percentage record at 77.4, two percent higher than the previous record.

He passed for 3,908 yards with 54 touchdowns and three interceptions in a state championship senior season, winning MVP of the title game when went 27 of 37 for 361 yards and four TDs.

But somehow he did not receive a Power 5 offer, originally committing to SMU before Baylor’s new coach, Matt Rhule, came along and made him his first recruit in his rebuilding program.

Rhule reportedly made the offer without having seen him play, having gone to Lake Travis for a playoff game but arriving after Brewer was pulled from the game because it became a blow out early.

“But every person I asked, they would talk about him in such a way that meant something to me,” Rhule said. “How much of a winner he was. And what a competitor he was. That just stood out.”

It didn’t come easily, though.

Baylor went 1-11 it’s first year under Rhule as the Bears tried to recover from a sexual assault scandal under Coach Art Briles.

“He took some lumps as a freshman when they won one game but you could see him progress.” Brown said.

Today, he has Baylor looking to upend Oklahoma as Big 12 champion.

“He’s played at a high level in some of their biggest games,” Brown said.

One of them was last week when he led a comeback victory at Oklahoma State.

Brewer is not exactly the same kind of run/pass dual treat quarterback that WVU faced in the past three games against Texas and Sam Ehlinger, Iowa State and Brock Purdy and Oklahoma and Jalen Hurts.

“He’s different,” Brown said. “They don’t call a bunch of running plays for him. He’s a guy who scrambles and takes advantage of what’s there.”

“He’s experienced,” said Vic Koenning defensive coordinator. “He gets them in the right plays. His reads are correct the vast majority of the time. If you don’t turn the ball over you give yourself a chance.”

And Brewer has thrown 196 passes this season with just three interceptions while throwing 12 TDs.

“There’s a lot of positive things he does,” Koenning said. “When he scrambles he’s looking to throw the ball, so we have to do a great job.”

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