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Tech notes: QB battle takes turn with Brewer missing time

QB developments

Posted: August 9, 2013 - 9:38pm  |  Updated: August 10, 2013 - 12:32am
Texas Tech's Michael Brewer has been limited with back issues. (Stephen Spillman)  Stephen Spillman / AJ Media
Stephen Spillman / AJ Media
Texas Tech's Michael Brewer has been limited with back issues. (Stephen Spillman)
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QB developments

It came to light Friday that Texas Tech quarterback Michael Brewer has missed practice time this week. Brewer said just before preseason practice started last Saturday that he suffered a back strain at the beginning of summer workouts, but he said he’d been cleared weeks ago and it was not an issue.

With the team scheduled for its first scrimmage today, inside receiver Jakeem Grant was asked Friday how the offense had meshed with the quarterbacks.

“We’re meshing well with Davis (Webb),” Grant said. “He’s been here consistently. We haven’t gotten a chance to do it with Brewer, because he’s been out. He has a back injury, but hopefully he can get back in and get right back on it. But as of right now, Davis is stepping up and taking over and showing us what he can do.”

Though Tech workouts are closed, Brewer usually has been present in uniform this week when players have left the field at the end of practice.

Brewer, a sophomore, and Webb, a second-semester freshman, are battling for the starting job. Brewer’s two years in the system, his playing time as a backup last year and his winning pedigree dating to high school are his assets.

Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, who met with the media before Grant did, said he expected the quarterbacks to be ready to go for the scrimmage.

“All those scrimmages where it’s full go is a big day for them,” Kingsbury said. “But we’re tracking every practice and every rep. They’ve all been competing really well, so excited to see what they do when the lights come on.”

Teammates say Webb has impressed with his vocal, take-charge demeanor. Center Jared Kaster said Webb’s been nicknamed “Alpha Male” because of his bold personality.

“He’s a young guy, but he steps up and will be a leader like he’s been here four years already,” Grant said. “He tells me what I do wrong. Sometimes I get the routes wrong. He steps up and he gets on my butt and tells me, ‘Hey, you didn’t run the right depth.’ He does that to all the receivers here. He steps up and shows everybody that he can be the starting quarterback here.”

Kingsbury, who serves as the quarterbacks coach in addition to head coach, had the two frontrunners splitting snaps equally from the first day of spring.

When asked whether he could be comfortable with Webb starting the Aug. 30 season opener, Kingsbury said, “Yeah, no question. He’s proved to us in these practices and through the spring that he can move the football and lead this ball team.”

First scrimmage

The team will have its first scrimmage of preseason practice today, though it is closed to the public and the media.

Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said he wants to see few penalties, an effective offense, players taking care of the football and competing.

“We’ve got to start cutting back reps on guys and getting our starters more reps,” he said, “so tomorrow will be a big day for them.”

Kingsbury said he plans to have top running backs Kenny Williams and DeAndre Washington get plenty of work early and take some hits, then back off their workload the next week.

Compiled by Don Williams

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Brewer's health

Hopefully Brewer can go Saturday, and stay healthy. Really need to have 2 top QBs. If Webb were to beat out Brewer, I'm afraid Brewer would transfer. Nobody wants to sit behind a true freshman. The other negative with a true freshman besides inexperience is that it can be hard to recruit QBs until after his Soph year. Everyone wants to go someplace they will have a chance to start within several years. That being said, if Webb's up to it, imagine how good he could be his Jr/Sr years.


This is not good news...

Brewer has to be healthy. Period.


I agree

I agree with Facts on this. Although Webb is going to be a good maybe great quarterback, you have to give it to Brewer if healthy. It seems to be a close competition, but the guy with experience will most likely shine come gametime. Excited about Webb, but unless he is head and shoulders better than Brewer you need to save Webb for the future.

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