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TTU, former QB dispute handling of injury

2/14/2014

Former Texas Tech quarterback Michael Brewer is unhappy with how his sophomore season turned out. Brewer, who decided to transfer in January, told Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal he believes the Red Raiders misdiagnosed his back injury, which forced him to miss the first four games of the season, and were unclear about his potential playing time. Brewer’s comments came after Texas Tech denied his appeal to transfer to Texas or TCU without restriction.

“I was diagnosed in June -- misdiagnosed, actually -- which set me back even further. They let me start to practice the beginning of two-a-days when I wasn’t supposed to, which set me back again. It was just small things like that which continually set me back.” Brewer told the LAJ.

Texas Tech disputed Brewer’s statements.

“The well-being of our student-athletes is something we take very seriously, and we would never jeopardize the health of any student-athlete. Within a month of Michael’s injury, Texas Tech sent him to a specialist, and he was under the care of that specialist from that point forward until his release,” Texas Tech spokesperson Blaine Beal told the LAJ.

Regardless, Brewer joins Baker Mayfield as departed Tech quarterbacks who were unhappy with how the quarterback competition was handled and leaves the Red Raiders quarterback position in flux. Recent signee Patrick Mahomes will have to be ready to play immediately with Davis Webb as the lone scholarship quarterback on the roster.

“We told him to get ready to come in,” Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “It's a unique situation. We only have one scholarship quarterback on the roster, get ready to come in and compete and play right away.”

And the worst-case scenario could emerge and leave the quarterback position in shambles this summer. Mahomes, the son of former major league baseball player Pat Mahomes, could have his name called early enough in the 2014 MLB Draft to make him consider signing to play professional baseball instead of playing football in Lubbock.

“He wants to come to college, but you never know how the money is going to be,” Kingsbury said.

Midway through the 2013 season, it seemed like quarterback concerns would be the last thing at the forefront of Kingsbury’s mind with two quality true freshmen in Webb and Mayfield alongside Brewer in the quarterback competition. Now, with spring football on the horizon, the Red Raiders are one Webb injury and one Mahomes decision away from complete disaster.