Can Michael Brewer Flourish at Quarterback for Texas Tech Red Raiders in 2013?

By Tyler Brett
Michael C. Johnson – USA TODAY Sports

There is a tradition in Lubbock of prolific passers leading the Texas Tech Red Raiders‘ offense. Seth Doege carried that tradition on in 2012, throwing for 4,205 yards and 39 touchdowns a year ago, but he has moved on to try and catch on in the NFL. New head coach Kliff Kingsbury is hoping to find his next gunslinger under center for the Raiders and he feels confident that it could be Michael Brewer.

The redshirt sophomore came to Lubbock as three-star recruit in 2011, lauded for his confidence and quick release. He appeared to be a perfect fit for the spread system that Texas Tech loves to run as he appeared to excel when he was allowed to sit back in the pocket, make quick and decisive reads and get the ball down the seam or out to sideline or wherever it needed to get to. Brewer is also deceptively athletic and can make some plays with his legs when he needs to.

Last season, he was the No. 2 quarterback behind Doege and got to see some time in mop-up duty. He completed 70.8 percent of his passes, going 34-for-48, for 375 yards and four touchdowns to no interceptions. Brewer saw his most playing time in the season-opener against Northwestern State of the FCS and completed 10-of-13 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-6 rout. He finished the year on a high note as well, making the most of his one attempt in the Meineke Car Care Bowl against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, connecting on a 13-yard scoring strike.

Kingsbury hopes to see a lot more of that in 2013 as he turns over the reins of Tech’s pass-heavy offense to the young signal caller next season. There is a lot of promise in Brewer’s game and we’ll get to see if he can capitalize on it as a starter next fall.

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