Well Tech fans are sure to be intrigued with the news coming out today that QB Michael Brewer from Texas Tech will be transferring to Virginia Tech for the summer session and will be eligible to play in the upcoming season.
What exactly does this mean?
• First things first, this all but guarantees that Ford and Durkin WILL Redshirt.
• R-Sr Mark Leal may never be a starter for the Hokies.
• Loeffler is always working to get the best QB talent possible.
Before I elaborate on that though, let’s give y’all a bit of background information on Mr. Brewer. Out of HS he was a Rivals 3 star Dual Threat prospect out of Lake Travis High School in Lake Travis, Texas. His father, grandfather and uncle all played QB at Texas, his great uncle played QB at Texas Tech, and his OTHER great uncle played RB at Oklahoma. So. Football talent runs deep in the Brewer bloodlines. In High School he was part of four consecutive state championship team and his Head Coach? None other than Clemson OC Chad Morris. (Heckuva Coach). He Redshirted his Freshman year and then filled in as a backup role his next 2 years at Texas Tech. In those 2 years he had 0 starts but amassed 41/58 for 440 yards with 5 TDs 0 INTs. Of course, it’s hard to really take much from those stats, but you sure as hell can’t take anything bad away from 70% completion with a 5-0 TD-INT ratio. When he first started looking around to transfer he expressed interest in both Texas and TCU, but, the school blocked him from transferring to Big 12 schools and FBS programs in the state of Texas (Lucky us).
That’s enough about him, what about us?
So the news of adding another QB pretty much ensures that Ford and Durkin will Redshirt. Which is good news. Ford needs to put on some weight and a little strength and Durkin needs time to fine tune his game and adjust to the College game. The issue some people had before the Brewer news was that a Leal year might just be a wasted year that could be used to develop one of these young QBs, but with Brewer here for 2 years they can RS and fit into that backup role the next year and learn under him and Loeffler.
Sadly, Leal may never be the starter for Virginia Tech. This happens a lot and I would not have the heart to be a college coach and have to tell a R-Sr QB that he will never start a game for your team. Mark has given a lot to this program and did consider transferring a few times when the outlook was bleak. But he stuck with the Hokies, and unfortunately it may not pay off for him. I’ve never met the guy but from reports and friends that have met him, he is a world class guy and you really rooted for him to get his shot. He will still be right there in the competition this spring and Mr. Brewer knows he isn’t guaranteed a starting spot, but..I’m working with a gut feeling he won’t emerge from this competition.
Loeffler. Lefty. What can we say about him? He is always working to bring in QB talent. After recruiting Andrew Ford, he then managed to flip a QB recruit (Durkin) from a major program in Michigan State and has now brought in a QB from the heart of Texas. He is getting QBs to take a look at us that would never have in the past, and will hopefully develop these QBs into major talents for the Hokies program. My mancrush on Coach Loeffler is currently at an all-time high.
This means a lot of things for the Virginia Tech program. It gives us hope for next season, whether or not that hope is validated remains to be seen but damnit there is hope. For those Hokies with an inferiority complex it establishes our relevance as a program. Finally, it means this offseason is going to be a heckuva lot more interesting than we thought it would be and that’s always a good thing.
That wraps that up, leave a comment with your reaction or tweet at me on twitter @drunkengobbler or do whatever the hell you want. Check out some more resources below on Michael Brewer including his HS highlights, an interview from freshman year, and some more good stuff.
Thanks for reading.