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Former Texas Tech QB adjusting quickly for Hokies

BLACKSBURG

Only a few days after arriving in Blacksburg, Michael Brewer posted a photo to his Twitter account of him and offensive lineman Caleb Farris showing off a decent-sized fish they pulled from a local lake.

Brewer, a Texas Tech quarterback who transferred to Virginia Tech, couldn't tell you where the lake was - he's been here all of two weeks - but he doesn't seem to be having any trouble fitting in in Southwest Virginia on and off the field.

"It's a great family atmosphere," Brewer, a Texas native, said at the Hokies' one-day prospects camp on Sunday. "The guys have been great, brought me in, and I'm really looking forward to the next two years here."

Brewer, who joins a wide-open competition that includes Brenden Motley, Mark Leal, Andrew Ford and Chris Durkin, hasn't wasted any time since arriving from Texas Tech, where he graduated this spring in order to enroll during Virginia Tech's first summer session.

He's helped gather teammates for player-organized on-field workouts this week after weightlifting. They'll go for an hour or two on the field, doing 7-on-7 work to get timing down and give him a primer on the playbook.

"We're not happy with the way things turned out last year and we feel like we're a better football team than that," Brewer said, already adopting last year's offensive frustrations as his own. "And we're trying to compete every day and work to be better this year."

Brewer has been preparing since deciding on Virginia Tech in early March. Although he didn't have a playbook while finishing his degree at Texas Tech, he had an idea of what concepts the Hokies would run.

Now that he's here, he's jumping into the playbook. It's Brewer's fourth since he was a senior in high school - true to Texas parlance, he pointed out this wasn't his "first rodeo" - so the process hasn't been too cumbersome.

That's especially true for someone who studied in the Red Raiders' Air Raid passing scheme for several years, even if his playing time was sparse (he threw for 440 yards and five touchdowns in the two years after his redshirt season).

"When people ask me about how I pick it up, I just say there's only so many places people can go on the field," he said. "It's definitely different than what I did in some areas, but I feel like the passing game is coming very naturally to me, just because I've had a really in-depth passing scheme the past three years, so there's not much new to me in that."

Call it a Texas-sized confidence, one that began to develop at Lake Travis High in Austin, where he was coached for part of his prep career by current Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris and twice beat future Heisman Trophy winner and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel when he was at Tivy High in Kerrville.

That confidence extends to the charts. At roughly 6-foot, 205 pounds, Brewer lets othworry about his size.

"If you can play, you can play," he said.

Brewer has benefited from a new NCAA rule that allows coaches to meet with players for as much as two hours a week over an eight-week period in the summer.

He said most of that time with offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler is used for installing parts of the offense, allowing him to work on that the next time he's on the field with teammates. Coaches, by rule, still can't do on-field work with players in the summer. Brewer has done additional film review on his own time.

Things will be different in August, when the pads come on and there's an actual defense on the other side of the line, but Brewer thinks he'll get a good enough foundation to hit the ground running.

"It's definitely different, but at the same time, I've been doing this (in college)for three years, so I feel like football is football," he said. "There's not going to be too much that I haven't seen when I get out there for the first day of practice.

"Of course it will be a new team, a new system, new everything, but I've got a whole summer to prepare for it."

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