Texas Tech QB expected to return to practice soon

Texas Tech quarterback Michael Brewer is expected to return to practice “in the very near future,” coach Kliff Kingsbury said.

Brewer aggravated a back injury early in fall camp. True freshman Baker Mayfield has started the Red Raiders’ first four games, completing 99-of-150 passes for 1,120 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions.

Kingsbury said once Brewer returns to practice, he’ll get a chance to compete for the starting job.

“I definitely think when he gets healthy, we’ll see what he’s got. It’s been a long layoff for him, but he’s a talented kid and a talented player,” he said. “I would imagine if he could come back in pretty good form and pretty good shape, we’ll get him right back in the mix.”

Kingsbury said Texas Tech’s bye week before an Oct. 5 game at Kansas could help Brewer do that. Brewer was the assumed heir to Seth Doege’s spot as the Red Raiders’ quarterback after throwing for 375 yards last season and being used in spot duty, but the offseason injury kept him off the field.

Mayfield has thrown just one touchdown pass to four interceptions in the last two games, and fellow freshman Davis Webb has earned playing time in both games, throwing the game-winning touchdown pass in a 20-10 win over TCU on Sept. 12.

Webb had challenged Brewer for the starting spot in spring practice, and no starter had been named before Brewer’s injury.