Michael Brewer’s Big Opportunity Has Arrived


Nov 10, 2012; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders quarter back Michael Brewer (16) rushes against the Kansas Jayhawks in the first half at Jones AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

When Michael Brewer first went to Texas Tech, Brewer had the goal of becoming the Red Raiders’ starting quarterback in the same way that any other quarterback at any other school wants that opportunity. Part of what most likely enticed him to Texas Tech was the fact that the Red Raiders have traditionally been known for having a very explosive passing game with quarterbacks putting up huge numbers.

While at Texas Tech, Michael Brewer fought for playing time and had limited success at gaining opportunities to play for the Red Raiders. However, Brewer was successful whenever he did touch the field as the native of Lake Travis, Texas was 41 for 58 over 2 seasons with 5 touchdowns and no interceptions.

Those are very good numbers with the limited amount of opportunities he had but he decided that he wanted a fresh start to be a starting quarterback away from Lubbock. On top of that, Brewer was finishing up his degree and would therefore be immediately elligible to play wherever he chose to go.

Towards the end of last season, Virginia Tech fans and coaches started to wonder who would replace Logan Thomas at quarterback next season. Despite all of the frustration from fans and media alike about Thomas not living up to his potential, Thomas was still a fairly successful quarterback for the Hokies and replacing him didn’t seem as simple as it should have been.

Mark Leal seemed like the obvious choice to replace Thomas though since he had been the Hokies’ backup quarterback behind Thomas. However, Leal got a chance to come in after Thomas got injured in the Sun Bowl and the Hokies’ offense was a nightmare. Then, Leal started off spring poorly while Brenden Motley showed that he could possibly be the starting quarterback.

However, the Hokies were looking to bring in a quarterback who could immediately challenge for the starting job and Brewer was that guy.

Now, Michael Brewer enters training camp as the favorite for the Hokies’ starting quarterback job despite the fact that he has had limited time on campus due to finishing up his degree at Texas Tech. Brewer probably knows that adapting to a new playbook will be a challenge but he also knows that this is a great opportunity for him to be a starting quarterback at the collegiate level.

This is Michael Brewer’s big opportunity and he will be ready to do everything he can to take advantage.