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Former Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon medically withdraws from Baylor

A heartbreaking way for his career to end

NCAA Football: Liberty at Baylor Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Former Arizona Wildcats quarterback and Baylor Bears grad transfer Anu Solomon has withdrawn from school after suffering concussion-like symptoms for several weeks.

Solomon was Baylor’s starting quarterback in the first two games of the season, but suffered a concussion against UTSA in week two, and has not seen the field since.

“Anu still hasn’t been cleared by the doctors and has missed too much school, so he’s medically withdrawn from school so he didn’t take all F’s in graduate school,” Baylor head coach Matt Rhule announced on Tuesday. “He was having a hard time keeping up academically, so he’s not in school anymore.”

In his two games of action with the Bears, Solomon completed 24 of his 55 pass attempts, picking up 399 passing yards and four touchdowns and was also intercepted twice. He also had 106 rushing yards, including a 44-yard scamper.

As a redshirt freshman in 2014, Solomon won the starting job at Arizona and led the school to just its third ten-win season ever. He played through an ankle injury at the end of that season.

In 2015, Solomon suffered a concussion vs. UCLA in week four, and was never the same after that. He ended up splitting time with Jerrard Randall for the rest of the season, and suffered another brutal concussion against Utah in the second-to-last game of the regular season, keeping Solomon out of the ASU game the following week.

Then in 2016, Solomon suffered a knee injury in practice the week after the season-opener against BYU. He only played in four games after that, completing no more than eight passes in any of those contests.

Solomon’s career will always be a game of “what if?”. What if he had stayed healthy? Where would Arizona have been the last couple of years with the same guy behind center?

We’ll never know, but hopefully Solomon is able to live a successful, healthy life after football.