The parade of quarterbacks out of Lubbock following the 2013 season continued with Michael Brewer announcing his intentions to leave the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the middle of January.
The Lake Travis product has two seasons of eligibility remaining and expressed interest in Texas and TCU because he wants to be able to play closer to his family. A spokesman said Texas Tech made an exception to allow him to play in the state of Texas as long as he doesn't go to a Big 12 school, but that didn't stop Brewer from feeling disappointed about the ruling:
There were two graduate programs - one at Texas, one at TCU - that best suited my future," he said, "as far as receiving a master's degree goes. And we also felt like whenever I was done playing football and done with college that being in Austin with the connections I have with my family and being in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with the connections I have with my family up there, that would be best suited for me as far as getting a job and all that."
"When they called to tell me that I had been denied unanimously, I asked them why and they couldn't come up with a reason," Brewer said, "which leads me to believe it was 100 percent football-related. It's unfortunate I can't go get my master's degree that'll help me out the best in my future."
Gaining the waiver from Texas Tech was crucial for Brewer because Big 12 transfer rules dictate that a player loses a season of eligibility for transferring within the conference. Since Brewer already used his redshirt, he would have only one season left if he still decided to Texas or TCU.
Unwilling to forfeit half of his remaining eligibility, Brewer will now look to the ACC and the SEC.
As Baker Mayfield said when he departed the program prior to Brewer announcing his intentions to leave school, Brewer also cited communication issues with head coach Kliff Kingsbury regarding playing time and said that he believes his back injury was initially misdiagnosed, contributing to his lack of playing time last fall.
As for Texas, the Longhorns are clearly looking to add another quarterback to the roster for the fall and the current options include potential walk on Bram Kohlhausen, the former Houston Cougar who spent a year at a junior college last fall, and former USC Trojan Max Wittek, who is taking a visit to Austin this weekend.
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