As promised, after waiting in traffic for almost a full hour, the game between future Tech Quaterback Michael Brewer and Aggie Quaterback Johnny Manziel was all that it was made out to be. This game was billed as a shootout between arguably the two best quarterbacks in Texas. Neither QB disappointed as Brewer Led Lake Travis to a wide open 48-42 victor over Manziel and Kerrville Tivy at Heroes stadium in the Heart of Texas Friday night.
Good news for Tech fans is that Brewer is 2-0 against Manziel. I am no expert, and all I can offer is 36 years of watching Texas High School Football, and playing four, but Manziel is ready to play major college football today. I am sure he will compete for the starting job at aTm next year. He has the size, speed, and arm strength to compete in the Big 12 right now. He might be the best player in Texas, except for running back Malcolm Brown.
But, what Manziel does not have is something that Brewer has all over him, and that is confidence and patience. Brewer was spectacular as he accounted for 440 total yards. He completed 10 of 26 passes for 248 yards passing and rushed for 192 yards. What impressed me the most about Brewer, and I should say that I saw him play last year as a junior, and he was really good last year, is that he is in total command of his offense. Brewer plays bigger than he really is. He is listed at 6 feet, and he probably is, but he is a football player. He is one tough ambre.
I believe Brewer was sacked three times that I can remember. But it was his second possession in the third quarter that really impressed me. After Kerrville Tivy was forced to punt on their second possession, Lake Travis was back up on their own four yard line. You could not tell if Brewer was no his own four yard line or if he was ready to score on his own four yard line.
The first play was a quick lateral pass that resulted in a short gain. Yes, Brewer threw on first down backed up on his own goal line. You would think that Leach was calling the plays. On the next play, Tivy brought everyone and Brewer hung in the pocket, and even though he got off the pass and completed it with no gain, he was drilled and I did not think he was going to get up.
On the very next play, on third and long, and backed up near their own end zone, Brewer calmly took the deep snap rolled out to his right, set his feet, squared his shoulders and hit his receiver on a 50 yard bomb in full stride. The ball was in the air for 60 yards. Three plays later they were in the end zone when Brewer hit his receiver on another long pass. I was already beaming with pride.
I am going to give it to you straight. Brewer is going to be a four year starter at TECH. I soon will have a man crush on him. At halftime I went over to watch him warm up on the sideline. I had forgotten that I had on my shiny black Under Armour sweat shirt on that read across the front in beautiful Red Crisp Letters Texas Tech. It does not hurt that Lake Travis is also Red and Black.
While warming up, Brewer noticed my shirt, and while he did not give me the guns up, he paused long enough to swipe his hands across his chest and point at my sweat shirt to acknowledge the Red Raiders. We looked at each other, he gave me a big smile and a nod, I smiled back with a nod, and Tech History was made. Boys, the future is coming and damn it looks good.
Not only can Brewer get his team down the field quickly, he can run the clock as well. With the game on the line late in the fourth quarter with 6:07 to play, and Lake Travis hanging on a 48-42 lead, Brewer led Lake Travis on a 19 play offensive drive to run out the clock and preserve the victory. On that final drive, Brewer had key passes of 11, 17, 12, and 13 yards. He also had runs of 25, 16, 10, 14, 10, 13, 11, 17 and 9 yards during the game. He is quick.
Brewer is going to be the future at Texas Tech. I don’t know if he will compete for the starting job next year, because I personally would like to see him beef up a little. I don’t know what he weighs, but he is a high school senior who need to grow into his body. One thing about Brewer is he is very accurate. He has good arm strength, but I am sure he will get stronger over the summer. He has a quick release and good footwork.
I get to see Brewer play again this Saturday in the Alamodome in San Antonio. Kerrville Tivy was really good, and this might have been the championship game. I will give another update next week, but for now, rest assured that the future is coming to Tech.