December 8, 2010

Brewer eyeing state title

Austin (Texas) Lake Travis quarterback Michael Brewer is in the midst of finishing up what he hopes will be another state championship run for the Cavaliers in the 2010 playoffs. Regardless of the outcome of the next two weeks, things won't slow down for Brewer as he'll be enrolled at Texas Tech in January.

"It's pretty crazy. I don't really know what to make of it yet," Brewer said. "Obviously I'm excited to get into football there coming right out of what will hopefully be another state championship here at Lake Travis. I move to Lubbock January 10th, but hopefully I've got two more weeks left to play here so we can get the title for my team here, and then I'll be looking forward to starting football up in Lubbock."

Brewer and his Lake Travis teammates have a date with Friendswood in the state semi-finals this weekend. After missing some time of his own earlier this year, and seeing other teammates do the same, Rivals' 12th rated dual-threat quarterback is thankful to still be alive this late in the postseason.

"This whole season has given us so much adversity. It's seemed like every week has given us another key guy going down," he said. "I'm really proud of my team, though. We've fought back and to be where we are right now is great. Friendswood is a really good team so we'll need another good week of practice to hopefully take care of them."

"Personally, I'm 100%. I feel great. I haven't really felt any lingering effects from my shoulder injury. So hopefully my luck will hold and I can get through the next few weeks healthy."

When he committed in March, Brewer found a small bit of relief, but nothing like what he'll feel when National Signing Day comes around in February.

"It's going to feel great. I remember committing in March and the huge amount of stress that took off of my shoulders," he said. "I can only imagine that it will be like that all over again once I'm finally in Lubbock and getting into the routine with my teammates."

With Texas Tech's quarterback situation for 2011 yet to be determined, the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder is looking forward to his chance to get into the mix, and perhaps even avoid a red-shirt.

"That's all up in the air right now. From what I've heard from Coach Neal Brown, I'll be right in the middle of it when I get there in the spring," he said. "I know they want to kind of throw me in the fire and see what happens. Obviously being the young guy I expect there to be a pretty steep learning curve. So I'm just going to pay attention to some of the older guys and try to soak in what Coach Brown gives me to learn the offense as quickly as I can."

"It sounds like after spring ball, or maybe after fall camp depending on how well I do in the spring, there will be a decision made about me red-shirting or not. Either way I'm fine with it and just looking forward to the opportunity to compete. I'm just going to do what Coach Brown tells me to do and just go from there. I'm excited about the opportunity."

Brewer committed to Texas Tech over offers from Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, East Carolina, Kansas, Rice, Tennessee, Texas, and Tulsa.

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