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Texas Tech Red Raiders: Michael Brewer Is Key To 2013 Success

Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Redshirt quarterback Michael Brewer has a lot of pressure to do well this college football season. Brewer, a dual-threat quarterback out of Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas, has waited his turn in Lubbock to be the signal caller of the Texas Tech Red Raiders while being the back-up to former quarterback Seth Doege the past two seasons.

Brewer is no stranger to success when it comes to leading his football teams.  He went 30-2 at Lake Travis, including winning two consecutive 4A Texas state titles. Brewer hasn’t seen a great deal of action while at Texas Tech, but he does have some experience in both conference and non-conference play during the 2012 season.

Last year, he saw limited action in nine games and passed for 375 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. Brewer is a pass-first quarterback with an accurate arm, but has also shown in scrimmages that he can run the ball efficiently as well. With new head coach Kliff Kingsbury calling the plays this season, it would not surprise me if Brewer runs the ball quite a bit in 2013.

Last year, Kingsbury called the plays for the Texas A&M Aggies and was very successful as his team finished second in the Southeastern Conference with 3,146 yards and 46 touchdowns. 1,409 of those yards and 21 of those touchdowns came from Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel. With a similar skill set than Manziel, Brewer could be a huge asset for the Red Raiders’ offense both through the air and on the ground.

With a first-year head coach and a young coaching staff, Brewer will need to be a strong leader for the Red Raiders during the 2013 season. His first game is against the Southern Methodist Mustangs on Friday, August 30 at 8:00p.m. and will be nationally televised on ESPN.

Weston Wilson is a college football and Major League Baseball writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on twitter: twitter.com/westonw90