Virginia Tech's Offensive Future Glows With The Arrival Of Brewer
When Virginia Tech enrolled seasoned signal caller Andrew Brewer, the hope was that the next two seasons of clutch Virginia Tech quarterback play had officially been anchored.
During last seasons post-Sun Bowl press conference, however, Hokies head coach Frank Beamer prematurely suggested that fifth-year-senior Mark Leal was Tech's QB heading into the offseason.
"Mark's the next guy in line here," Beamer said, according to The Roanoke Times. "He had a couple of tough throws, but I've got a lot of confidence in the guy."
That was probably not the smartest thing for Beamer to say after Leal's sub-par collegiate debut saw him go 12-of-25 for 130 yards and two interceptions
Leal had not played more than mop-up duty during his three years at Tech as Logan Thomas' backup and was injected into the Sun Bowl after UCLA linebacker Jordan Zumwalt destroyed Thomas with a jaw-dropping hit that could be heard from the peanut gallery.
The backup's performance definitely raised eyebrows. He was mercilessly assaulted by the Bruins defensive backfield and routinely pulled a Sean Glennon when he was under duress.
While evaluating its options under center for the looming season, Virginia Tech could definitely do better. It would seem offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler couldn't agree more. Present would-be, could-be QB hopefuls didn't exactly wow Tech's coaching staff or Gobbler Nation during spring practice.
The pressing need for a reputable signal caller to man Virginia Tech's questionable offense has been paramount to their offseason agenda and securing gridiron leverage throughout the ACC.
So when the Hokies granted Brewer the option of transferring to Blacksburg, issuing the Texas Tech signal caller two years of eligibility, he didn't require a second invite. Brewer's play will make the Hokie faithful think they're watching a hybrid of former Standford standout Andrew Luck and Kansas State Colin Klein.
Brewer originally sought to transfer to TCU or Texas, but the university's athletic department denied him a release to dispatch anywhere within the confines of the Big 12. Additional information regarding their decision was not disclosed.
"When they called to tell me that I had been denied unanimously, I asked them why and they could't come up with a valid reason," Brewer said, per Bleacher Report. "Which leads me to believe it was 100 percent football-related."
The political technicality will likely cash in nicely for Virginia Tech. The battle-tested three-star recruit from Lake Travis High School posted a 70 percent completion rate at Texas Tech.
While being groomed in high school, Brewer" was coached by Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris and just spent a year learning under Cliff Kingsbury, who has proven to be one of the best developers of young quarterbacks in college football," according to Bleacher Report. "He is also a very accurate passer and has exhibited an incredible mastery with his reads and his progressions."
The athletic signal caller further boasts an imposing physical profile and has BCS-level snaps under his belt.
The inconvenience of the political setback that the Texas Tech administration issued Brewer is unfortunate, but the gridiron speed bump could't have been more opportune for the Hokies.
Brewer comes to Virginia Tech packing athleticism and gridiron savvy that will make denying him the starting nod this fall very taxing for Tech's coaching staff. But if he is issued the keys to the Hokies, Brewer will provide a capital impact on an offense that has lacked respect and identity for several years.