The Virginia Tech Hokies have named their starting quarterback for the 2014 season, handing the reins over to Texas Tech Red Raiders transfer Michael Brewer. While Brewer has only been with the team for a few months and is still likely learning the ins and outs of the Tech offensive playbook, Brewer is the clear choice for the Hokies if they hope to take a positive step forward on offense in 2014. While he doesn’t have the experience at VT that other contenders like Mark Leal have, but the ceiling for the Hokies’ offense is not much higher with Brewer under center.
Brewer was all set to take over the starting role at Texas Tech last season before a back injury knocked him out of the starting lineup. By the time he was ready to return, Davis Webb had entrenched himself as the No. 1 quarterback and Brewer looked to take his talents elsewhere after earning his degree last spring. He ended up in Blacksburg and in the thick of a quarterback race with Leal, the No. 2 quarterback in 2013, and Brenden Motley, who came out of the spring as the No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart.
But Motley has been slowed this fall with a back injury and Leal has not proven to be the leader that VT needs under center. When he stepped in for an injured Logan Thomas last season in the Sun Bowl, Leal struggled mightily, completed just 12-0f-25 passes for 130 yards and two interceptions. That opened the door for Brewer, who played in 13 games for the Red Raiders, to step in and show what he can do, winning the starting job.
Brewer has the talent to infuse a spark in the Virginia Tech offense that the Hokies desperately need in 2014. Will he be the difference-maker under center they need him to be for VT to make a run at the ACC title this fall?