Michael Brewer Shows Improvement Against Boston College


Nov 1, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies quarterback Michael Brewer (12) looks to pass in the first quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Virginia Tech Hokies got off to a strong start with back-to-back wins against William & Mary and Ohio State with Michael Brewer playing quite well. However, the Hokies have fallen off over the last two months and have gone 2-5 in their last seven games. Brewer struggled also after the Ohio State victory with 7 interceptions in the next three games.

However, Brewer has made some progress over the last four games with Brewer having arguably his best game of the season in the loss to Boston College.

Overall, Michael Brewer has only thrown one interception in the last four games and his only bad game was against Miami when Brewer was 13 of 20 for only 80 passing yards. Brewer almost led the Hokies back against Pittsburgh though Brewer just wasn’t able to do enough. Brewer also was vital in getting the Hokies a big early lead against North Carolina in what was the Hokies’ most recent victory.

However, Brewer’s performance against Boston College was his best of the season statistically and overall.

The Hokies only had 69 rushing yards against the Eagles, 30 of which came on the Derek DiNardo fake punt run, yet Brewer and the Virginia Tech still were able to put up 31 points. That is just incredible given the way the Virginia Tech offense is built on usually having at least some sort of rushing attack.

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The numbers back up how impressive Brewer was as he was 31 for 48 on the game with 345 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. Brewer also ran for a touchdown while also not having a single interception for the third straight game after having 11 in the first six.

Some of the more complex stats also back up the fact that this may have been Brewer’s best game as his passer rating of 138.7 was his best against FBS competition (162.3 passer rating against William & Mary) while his adjusted QBR of 72.1 was only worse than his 73.8 QBR against Ohio State.

This game is a positive sign for the future for the Hokies that the offense is starting to click for the junior quarterback. Brewer still did have a few bad throws and missed a couple open receivers in a rough third quarter but it was clear in this game that Brewer has made progress.

Michael Brewer is playing better and the Hokies’ offense could become really good if the play calling continues to improve and the run blocking goes from poor to at least being average. Those two things seem to be quite big “ifs” right now.