Connor Brewer is listed as No. 11 on the UA’s official roster. But this week in practice he wore No. 13. Last week, it was No. 7, and the week before that it was No. 6.
As the scout team quarterback, Brewer wears the number of the opposing team’s starting quarterback. His job is simple throughout the season — to prepare Arizona’s defense for what it’s going to see on Saturday.
“Connor has been really good because he’s been around a little bit and gives them a good look,” coach Rich Rodriguez said.
Brewer, a former four-star recruit, transferred to Arizona from Texas before the season. NCAA transfer rules mean he must sit out this season. He will compete for the 2014 starting job when spring drills begin.
For now, though, he’s content being a scout-team guy.
“I feel like our scout team has done a really good job of preparing our defense,” Brewer said. “It’s cool to see what we do and how it correlates to game day.”
Arizona’s offensive scout team could probably compete against some Pac-12 first-teams. Brewer is joined by a pair of transfer wide recievers in Cayleb Jones (Texas) and DaVonte Neal (Notre Dame). Running back Pierre Cormier, a four-star recruit who is redshirting this season, is Brewer’s main back.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Brewer said. “We’re making some plays on the defense sometimes, but it’s the first-team defense and they do well against us. We’re always competing. When you have those weapons, it’s fun to try to beat the defense.”