March 24, 2012

Brewer, Kennard have big games

Texas Tech backup quarterback Michael Brewer, and a couple of other closely watched players this spring, picked a heck of a day to have their best performances.

Brewer outdueled designated starting quarterback Seth Doege Saturday in the Red and Black spring game with a 21-of-28 for 297 yard performance while Doege threw for 217 yards and completed 25-of-39 passes with an interception thrown to starting middle linebacker Will Smith.

Those numbers probably mean a lot more to the several thousand spectators and viewers on television online than it does to the coaches, but the spring game provided the perfect cliffhanger to fuel a summer's worth of speculation. In the football administration office, however, the coaching staff thinks there's still a something in between the senior and the redshirt freshman.

"That's a good question," offensive coordinator Neal Brown said when asked about the drop off between the starter and the backup. "You'd have to have Brewer go against the first team defense the whole time. I'll say this, I hope by the time -- and today goes a long way. But what my goal is, is when we kick off against Texas State that we have 100 percent confidence in Michael Brewer and if Michael Brewer comes in we don't change anything we're doing.

"We're not there yet, OK? We need those 18 to 20 practices in fall camp to get there but today was a big step in that direction."

Brewer connected with wideout Javon Bell for a 64-yard gain which helped give him the big lead on Doege. The redshirt freshman hit Aaron Fisher for a 10-yard touchdown while both Doege and Brewer connected with Marcus Kennard who also had his best spring practice in front of the masses.

Kennard's performance was a little more eye opening for the coaching staff. He needed a big day.

The 6-foot-3 wideout had a sub-par junior season after the Red Raiders landed the four-star prospect from Butler County (Kan.) Community College and then was sidelined very early this spring with a pulled hamstring

Kennard responded as Red Raiders' leading receiver Saturday with 97 yards on five receptions after just two healthy practices prior to the spring game.

"I wanted to show people what I have after being unable to practice all spring," Kennard said. "I tried to be good in this spring game… I felt like I was on the bottom of the totem pole and I had to get my name back in."

Junior college transfer SeDale Foster also was a winner in the spring game with 79 yards on nine carries. Brown said Saturday's 'game plan' involved giving Foster a lot of work after a surprisingly successful spring.

Foster was recruited to Tech mostly for his punt and kick return abilities, but was the starting running back with Riverside (Calif.) Community College and was needed to fill in the void left by Eric Stephens and DeAndre Washington's knee injuries which kept them out of spring ball.

"I wanted to give SeDale Foster a lot of work," Brown said in his first breath while calling out his standouts of the game. "I thought he showed some signs at running back."

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