ACC's lunch links
Turns out that Tigers offensive coordinator Chad Morris is responsible for the Hokies landing quarterback Michael Brewer from Texas Tech. Brewer had played for Morris back at Lake Travis (Texas) High, and Morris had called Virginia Tech running backs coach Shane Beamer after the assistants crossed paths at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.
From the Newport News Daily Press' Norm Wood:
"When he called me, his name was getting mentioned for different jobs and things like that," said Beamer, who admitted Morris never might have called him regarding Brewer if Clemson and Virginia Tech were scheduled to play anytime in the near future, but no such game is on the horizon. "There's a lot of things that roll through your head when he calls you, 'Is he asking for coaches? I don't know. Who knows what he's calling for?' The last thing I thought he was calling for was about Michael."
Brewer, of course, ended up arriving in Blacksburg this past May, and he is right in the middle of the Hokies' six-man race to succeed Logan Thomas under center. Head coach Frank Beamer did little back at the ACC Kickoff to quell the notion that this could be Brewer's job to lose, and if the former Red Raider turns out to win the starting job, the player and his program will have Clemson to thank.
Elsewhere in the ACC ...
- Tough news on former Hokies and Giants running back David Wilson, who has been forced to retire early because of a neck injury.
- Clemson DT Carlos Watkins feels blessed to return following a car wreck a year ago, Aaron Brenner writes in the (Charleston) Post and Courier.
- Duke AD Kevin White has signed an extension through June 30, 2021.
- Georgia Tech is bidding for the ball from its historic 222-0 win over Cumberland in 1916, Ken Sugiura writes in the Atlanta Journal-Constiution.
- Secondary depth is a concern for Pitt, Sam Werner writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- Corey Winfield is switching from receiver to corner, Nate Mink writes in the (Syracuse) Post-Standard.