2015 Football: Brewer more comfortable in role this season

Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer looks down the field during a game last season. The Hokies host Ohio State on Sept. 7. Courtesy photo/Virginia Tech Athletics Communications

BLACKSBURG — Michael Brewer is comfortable with the Virginia Tech offense and the Hokies senior quarterback, who transferred from Texas Tech University last year, said this preseason feels much different than last season’s did.

“Last year I was just making sure that I knew where everybody was going within the route concept and now this year it’s more in depth,” Brewer said. “Now it’s what’s the defense doing? What kind of protection would best suit us? This play might be better than this play in this situation. … Now it’s really full picture stuff — truly quarterback stuff.”

Virginia Tech offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler said that last year he had to have a talk with Brewer after every play and that hasn’t been the case in the preseason.

“I think we’ve had a really good training camp of throwing the ball,” Loeffler said. “Brewer — with the pressure we’ve put on him — he’s doing a really nice job right now.”

Brewer finished last year with 2,692 yards on 262 for 441 passing. He had 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in his first season with the Hokies.

He said that he’s not only learning the offense, but also getting used to the pressure that comes with being a starting quarterback at a Division 1-A school.

He will also have some experienced receivers to throw the ball to. Sophomore wide receivers Isaiah Ford and Cam Phillips return after starting last year as freshmen.

Brewer said he worked a lot with the pair in the offseason and it’s really helped all of them. He said just having some experience should also help.

“Last year I was new and then you have a bunch of new freshmen that you’re having to rely on, not knowing that you’re going to have to rely on them until we got halfway through camp,” Brewer said. “It’s nice to know who your guys are. Being able to get that timing down and build off of it.

“… I trust them and I know exactly where they’re going to be and they’re trusting me to put the ball where it’s supposed to be. That’s how it’s gotta be.”

Last year the team struggled to a 7-6 record, and the lack of offense played a role in that. Brewer said he’s confident in the offense the Hokies will have this season.

Brewer and the Hokies will be put to the test in the season opener as they host defending national champion and No. 1 ranked Ohio State on Sept. 7.

“We’re looking forward to representing the university (on Sept. 7),” Brewer said. “It’s a big opportunity — defending nationals champions coming into your house. They’ve got a heckuva ballclub. We just need to go out there and execute and have fun with it.”

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