January 10, 2012
Spring Look: Battle for No. 2 QB
Leading up to spring practices, we will be breaking down position group by position group to give you a good feel for how things are shaping up with the 2012 Red Raider football team entering the spring football practice sessions.
Today, we're starting with the quarterback group.
The most compelling storyline:
Brewer vs. Young
This could be an interesting position battle to watch and could be indicative of sophomore quarterback Scotty Young's future with the program.
A lot of fans and the coaching staff seem excited that quarterback Michael Brewer is coming out of his redshirt season and could be a solid backup whether he's the No. 2 or No. 3 quarterback.
With Jacob Karam as an extremely solid backup option for starting quarterback Seth Doege last season, there was no sense in creating drama at the No. 3 spot. Young was a redshirt freshman and Brewer was a freshman with a redshirt option.
Brewer redshirted and Young got the No. 3 spot by default.
This year, however, the coaching staff is going to have to make a tough decision.
And if Brewer does surpass Young, it could be indicative of Young's future at Tech much like how Karam walked away from Tech after realizing he probably would only get one year of playing time if he stayed behind Doege.
If Brewer surpasses Young for the No. 2 position, it's likely Young would exhaust his eligibility as a backup or would transfer and Red Raider commit Clayton Nicholas would come in as the primary backup.
Both Young and Doege are similar to Graham Harrell with their throwing mechanics. Young chased some of Harrell's record down in Texas high school football history. It's been surprising he hasn't stood out at Tech.
But Brewer and Doege are pass-first, slightly mobile quarterbacks. If the current offense works under Doege you know it's setting Brewer up in a position to be successful.
The backup quarterback spot is going to be one of the most intriguing storylines of spring ball not only because the backup quarterback is everyone's favorite player and risks the highest drop off from starter to backup but also could keep a season alive if the starter goes down.
Make no mistake about it. Doege will start in 2012.
It can be argued one way or the other Doege had a drop off the second half of the season. But just see what he can do with a running back. There's an extremely high chance, despite a horrendous defense, Tech would have started the season 5-0 and would have had better chances against the likes of Kansas State, Iowa State and Missouri.
When Eric Stephens went down on that late hit in the Texas A&M game the entire season changed. Yes, there was the Oklahoma win, but there were also six more losses aside from Texas A&M.
Doege was effective in getting the ball to the guys downfield who could make plays in space. Problem was he had to do it more often than anyone would have preferred. He still passed for 4,004 yards, completed 68.5 percent of his throws, had 28 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions.
With a solid running game to work with, Doege might not surpass his junior numbers, but he will be as effective as he was in the front half of the season. He would probably look like the quarterback you saw through Tech's first four games and the Red Raider offense would be a serious threat no matter what's happening on the defensive side of the ball.
That's up to running back Kenny Williams because Stephens and DeAndre Washington will miss spring and possibly portions of the season with knee injuries sustained last season and Ronnie Daniels' status is uncertain.
Jacob Karam leaves the team
Karam was an extremely popular person not only in the locker room but also on the Tech campus and in Lubbock.
He was a pretty good quarterback, too. The drop off between Doege and Karam was minimal because both players played the same style with Doege having an upper hand in accuracy.
Karam earned a degree from Tech in just three-and-a-half years and that made him eligible to transfer without having to sit out a season. Understandably, Karam is reportedly heading to Memphis where he should have two seasons to shine.
Hopefully Karam finds success up there and continues to play a big role in the community.
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