After the conclusion of spring practice earlier this offseason, it appeared Mark Leal and Brenden Motley would be the two options to replace Logan Thomas at quarterback for Virginia Tech. As it turns out, it’s the player with the least amount of experience as a Hokie who’ll get that honor.
This afternoon, Tech confirmed that Texas Tech transfer Michael Brewer has won the competition for the starting job. Because Motley, who exited spring as the starter, was hampered by a back issue, the competition had been whittled down to Brewer and Leal.
Brewer didn’t participate in spring practice — he arrived on campus in May — but made up significant ground on Leal since the start of summer camp.
“Both of the guys gave great effort and played very well in preseason, making it a very difficult choice,” head coach Frank Beamer said in a statement. “It was a very close race and we’re proud of both of them.”
Based solely on the timing of his arrival, the move is somewhat of a surprise.
In-mid January, Brewer announced that he would be transferring from Texas Tech after graduating this coming May. Brewer wanted to transfer to either Texas or TCU but was denied a release to those Big 12 schools, leading to a very messy and public brouhaha between the two sides.
In March, Brewer announced his intention to transfer to the Hokies.
Brewer is a graduate transfer who will, counting this year, have two years of eligibility remaining. In 2012 and 2013 with the Red Raiders, Brewer played in 13 games (no starts), threw for 440 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions in 58 pass attempts. He completed just over 70 percent of those attempts.
“Both guys are going to be needed in the season,” offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler said. “You always need a good, solid starter and a good backup. Both of them need to be ready to go. Brenden Motley will be third on the depth chart and will continue to develop.”
Brewer and the Hokies open the season Aug. 30 at Lane Stadium against William & Mary. Tech’s first real test of the season comes the following week against Ohio State in Columbus.
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