Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury indicated Monday, Sept. 9, that he doesn’t anticipate a quick comeback for Michael Brewer, his most illuminating comments to date on the Red Raiders’ injured quarterback.
Brewer hasn’t practiced in a month because of a back injury. That being the case, I asked Kingsbury during his weekly news conference how much practice time Brewer will need once he is cleared to make himself a viable option again.
“I think quite a bit,” Kingsbury said. “We have that bye week coming up, which should help, but I would assume it’s going to be an extended period of time before we feel like he’d be game ready. It’s not easy with the style of play that we have, up tempo, and how much we put on our quarterback to just roll right in and pick it up.”
The open date to which Kingsbury alluded is Sept. 28, between the Sept. 21 non-conference finale against Texas State and the Oct. 5 game at Kansas.
True freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield has taken the opportunity and run with it during Brewer’s absence, completing 71 percent of his passes for 780 yards and seven touchdowns during the first two games.
Brewer has been out with a back injury and reportedly will see a specialist this week to see if he can return to practice.
“I talk to (trainer) Anthony (Pass) every day, and he updates me and says it’s day-to-day,” Kingsbury said, “and I expect him to be throwing very soon.”