Texas Tech quarterback Michael Brewer is getting closer to a return to practice, according to Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury. He’s been out with a back injury since early August.
“He’s getting close,” Kingsbury said Monday during his weekly news conference. “He’s started throwing some, and I think with that bye week coming up we’re going to try to start easing him back into practice and go from there.
“I’d say within the next couple of weeks, he’s going to resurface.”
The time frame for Brewer actually playing meaningful snaps in a game, though, could be considerably longer.
Kingsbury said last week he thinks Brewer will need “an extended period of time” to be game ready. With the fast tempo the Red Raiders use and as much responsibility as their system puts on the quarterback, Kingsbury said it’s not easy to just jump back in and be effective right away.
Tech hosts Texas State on Saturday in its non-conference finale, then has an open date before resuming Big 12 play Oct. 5 at Kansas.
Tech is 3-0 with freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield who, like Brewer, came out of a Lake Travis program that won five consecutive state championships. Brewer was quarterback for two of those state-title teams and Mayfield for one.