- - Saturday, August 23, 2014

Junior transfer Michael Brewer will start at quarterback for Virginia Tech when it faces off against William & Mary in its season opener Aug. 30 at Lane Stadium.

The decision was announced Saturday. Senior Mark Leal will be the backup.

“Both of the guys gave great effort and played very well in preseason, making it a very difficult choice,” Hokies coach Frank Beamer said in a written release. “It was a very close race and we’re proud of both of them.”

Sophomore Brendan Motley, who began training camp as the No. 1, has been dealing with a back injury throughout the preseason and will open the season third on the depth chart.

The 6-foot, 200-pound Brewer, a Lake Travis, Texas, native comes from a long line of quarterbacks. His father, Robert, played quarterback at Texas, as did his grandfather, Charlie. His uncle and great uncle were quarterbacks at Texas and Texas Tech, respectively.

Michael was a part of four state championship teams in high school and completed 70.7 percent of his passes for 440 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions in 13 games as a reserve for the Red Raiders the last two seasons.

Brewer, who will turn 22 in November, was actually in line to win the starting quarterback job at Texas Tech last summer when a back injury sidelined him for the first month of the season. When he returned, freshmen Davis Webb and Baker Mayfield had already become entrenched in the top two spots on the depth chart ahead of him.

Because he graduated from Texas Tech in the spring, Brewer has two years of eligibility remaining with the Hokies.

“I’m extremely honored to be labeled the starter at a program like Virginia Tech,” Brewer said in a release. “I’m very thankful for my teammates and the coaching staff for entrusting me and giving me this opportunity. I’m looking forward to this season.”

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