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Friday, May 10, 2013
Burnt Orange Breakdown: Connor Brewer

By Carter Strickland

During the summer, HornsNation will analyze each of the scholarship players on the Texas roster -- excluding the Longhorns' 2013 recruiting class -- in our Burnt Orange Breakdown series. Starting with No. 1 Mike Davis, we will go through the roster numerically, finishing with No. 99 Desmond Jackson.

No. 7 Connor Brewer
Freshman quarterback

Expectations for 2013: Texas rarely has five quarterbacks on the roster as it does now. Even more rare is that three of those quarterbacks are freshmen. So something has to give or someone has to go. The prevailing thought is that Brewer is the most likely candidate to go. Brewer slipped from the third string to the fourth or fifth by the end of spring. It does not appear as if Texas wants to invest the time in Brewer that is necessary to make him a viable option as a backup quarterback. Instead, at the moment, the coaching staff is more intrigued with the potential of Tyrone Swoopes. That leaves Brewer either accepting his role or deciding to transfer.

Best-case scenario in 2013: For Brewer, the best move might be to transfer. Although he has used his redshirt year, Brewer is still just a freshman. He has a good arm although he has a slower pitcher’s release on many of his throws. He moves well and is smart enough to pick up an offense quickly. If he were to stay at Texas it is not likely he would move past fourth or fifth string in 2013 and actually might spend his entire career at Texas in that spot.

Worst-case scenario in 2013: Quarterback coach Major Applewhite cannot make a decision among his four backups and ends up spending too much time evaluating them rather than getting one player ready. To some degree this is what happened with David Ash and Case McCoy under quarterback coach Bryan Harsin. Rather than declare a starter and a backup, Harsin split practice throws and stunted the development of the two quarterbacks.

If Applewhite has not figured out the pecking order of the backups by the first, or at the latest, second week of practice it might hamper the development of Ash’s heir apparent, whoever that might be.

Future impact: Brewer should have little or no impact on the Texas program in 2013. If he stays he will not get many snaps in practice and therefore not further his game. And if he leaves, Texas will still have plenty of options at quarterback.