Brewer was projected to start for the Red Raiders heading into the 2013 season as a redshirt sophomore, but a back injury sidelined him for the first month of the year while freshmen Baker Mayfield and Davis Webb led the offense. With the emergence of Mayfield and Webb, Brewer barely saw the field, attempting just 10 passes on the season.
Brewer originally hoped to transfer to Texas or TCU, but Texas Tech denied Brewer’s request to transfer to a school within the Big 12. Ultimately, Brewer narrowed his choices down to Clemson, Kentucky and Virginia Tech before opting to head to Blacksburg.
Because of the graduate transfer rule, Brewer will be immediately eligible to suit up for the Hokies and will have two years to play. He enters a quarterback competition to succeed Logan Thomas and his main competition will be fifth-year senior Mark Leal, who has completed 28 passes for 334 yards and two touchdowns in his career.
“Nothing is guaranteed. I’ve got to come in and earn it,” Brewer told The Roanoke Times. “But both the coaches and I thought it was a good situation and a great opportunity. Virginia Tech plays great defense. They just need to get back going on offense again and once that happens, you’ll have a chance to win a championship. And that’s the goal.”
Brewer redshirted in 2011, then saw action in nine games in 2012 and completed 34-of-48 passes for 375 yards and four touchdowns.
At Virginia Tech, Brewer will transition into a more conservative scheme compared to the aerial attack employed under Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech.
“I think it’s a lot easier to transition from what I came from to what I’m going to now, rather than the other way around,” Brewer said. “Because I’m used to throwing it anywhere from 40 to 50 times a game, sometimes even more than that. So I feel like I’ve got a pretty good grasp of anything that’s going to be thrown my way as far as the passing game is concerned.”
Brewer told the Roanoke Times' Andy Bitter that he will graduate from Texas Tech on May 17 and then transition to Virginia Tech by the time the first summer session begins on May 27.
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