AMA: Michael Brewer

Publisher's Note: Former Hokies QB Michael Brewer will stop by at 1:00 PM today to answer your questions for an hour-or-so. Leave them ahead of time or ask live. If you're a former Virginia Tech athlete or coach and want to participate in an AMA, email: sauces [at] thekeyplay [dot] com.

[Michael Brewer]

TKP! Hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy during these crazy times. I am looking forward to getting the chance to connect with you all during the AMA.

Since graduating from VT, I have been back in Texas working on the sales side of the commercial construction/development world (currently reside in Austin). I have done some QB training on the side over the past 4 years as well. Other than work, I have enjoyed traveling as much as I can, going on hunting/fishing trips and just going to see new places. The fall keeps me busy every year with keeping up with the Hokies as well as attending my brother's games. I have watched a lot of VT games on my phone in a lot of different Big 12 stadiums. Hopefully things will be back to normal soon enough so we can get a full football season in, I would love to come up to Blacksburg for a game and meet as many of you as I can.

Looking forward to answering your questions. Go Hokies!

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Please write a haiku about this gif.

Very appreciative of everything you did for the program during your time in Blacksburg. You're one of my all time favorites man.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Brewdog pls

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Hah! I would like to hear your haiku on that gif.

Every WR wants to play QB until they have to toss one out there and take a hit right in the face! Great throw under pressure there by Isaiah.

Ford the lefty throws
Brewdog doesn't hear footsteps
Bearcats got played son

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Well done

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

I don't have a question. I just want to thank you for some of the greatest tenacity to ever wear O&M.

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

One of the toughest Hokies I ever saw.

Pound-for-pound by far the toughest Hokie I have ever seen on the football field. (Had to clarify that, because those wrestlers, man, those little guys are pretty tough, too.)

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

Thanks for doing this Brewer. It was a privilege to see you on the field reppin VT.

Is it possible to describe what it felt like to go into the Shoe and come out with the W as the field general?

Thanks man, I appreciate it. Leaving the horseshoe with a win against a very talented team was an amazing experience. One of my favorite memories that night was pulling back up to the facility in Blacksburg and seeing all of the fans there to welcome us back at about 4am. I think thats when I truly understood how special the Blacksburg community/Hokie fanbase is.

First off thanks for always being one mean dude on the field loved having you as our QB your attitude was awesome to see.

I dont know how much you follow VT recruiting but since you're from texas whats your view on the entire TX2VT trend in lots of texas recruits coming to VT. Did you ever deal with Beau Davidson in your time around the program as a recruiter?

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

Thanks man.
I have been keeping up with the TX2VT movement and I think it is great for the program. There is a lot of talent that comes out of the state of Texas every year. It would be great to land some top recruits in VA and pluck as many out of Texas as well. A lot of top programs dip their toes in to the Texas recruiting pool, glad to see that we are as well.
I do not know Beau personally, but he seems to be doing great work with the TX2VT movement.

Michael, you are truly one of the brightest spots the HokieNation has had over the last decade or so. Your tough play and never-quit attitude made many of us want to run through a wall with you! Thank you for your contributions and you are greatly admired and loved by the VT family. My question is regarding how you see a) our inroads into talent-rich TX and b) what you believe we can do to get an elite running back to go with/compliment the talented QBs we have and are getting (Dee Davis). Do you think it's our location, facilities, scheme, recruiting tactics (social media etc) that are giving us issues? Thank you MB12!

Jeremiah 29:11 and Go Hokies!

Agreed. Often, I said, whatever limitations a fan sees in Michael Brewer's game, his toughness and work ethic shines through in a way that all Hokies football players should inspire to be. I know if I took some of those shots, I would not have stood up for a month.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

Thanks for the kind words.
It seems as though we are starting to gain some recruiting traction in the Houston area. I think the TX2VT movement will only continue to grow if some of these guys come in and have success.
Winning solves everything. I think the more we win, the more appealing we will be to top RB recruits. It looks like the offensive identity will be much more clear moving forward with the style of QB's currently on roster and the ones we are recruiting. That identity should be more appealing to RB's as well.

I love that you still say we, because we will always be hokies

"If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?"

Brewer, thanks for the memories! Please say yes to the question" you would have finished off The osu at Lane if you hadnt taken the hit"

Yes

This is my favorite answer

it was the only answer lol

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

You are the epitome of a gritty QB. Please answer any or all questions

1. Favorite Austin brewery? Austin Beerworks, Hops & Grain, 512, Jester, Oskar Blues, or Celis?

2. Also what's the best BBQ place in Texas and why is it Louie Mueller?

3. Lastly, how is your brother's recovery and prep for the college football season coming?

If you want level-headed opinions, don't go on a message board or sports forums

+ Zilker!

1. I'm not a huge brewery guy. A lot of fun to go with a group but when it comes to beer I am pretty basic.
2. La Barbecue is my favorite spot.
3. A lot of rumors that were/are swirling around about that. He is actually 100% right now. Most people assumed he had a bad concussion in the Sugar Bowl. Turns out it was just a pretty good stinger. Told him to rub some dirt on it.

I visited Austin and La Barbecue a few years ago and still daydream about that food.

I respect the answers, even on breweries. Lonestar is a solid, cheap beer I have come to appreciate during my time in Austin

If you want level-headed opinions, don't go on a message board or sports forums

When you decided to transfer, what made you choose Virginia Tech?

There were a lot of reasons for why I chose Virginia Tech. To name a few..

I loved the town of Blacksburg
Getting to play for Coach Beamer was an amazing opportunity I couldn't pass up.
The tradition of the football program
The elite atmosphere at Lane Stadium
It just felt right the moment I got there for my first visit

Hey Mike - what do you as an ex alumni see about Tech now under Coach Fu? Upward trajectory? What would you recommend he do differently? etc.

ps. looks like you lost some baby fat, homie.

I think Tech football is in good hands with Coach Fu. Sometimes it takes time to recruit the style of players to fit your system. I think we are starting to see that come together now though. Tough to build depth in just a few years.

One of my favorite Hokies of the last decade, thanks for swing by! My questions:

  1. Have you ever considered a career in coaching?
  2. What was your favorite non-football part/thing/event at VT?
  3. Thoughts on the trajectory/future of VT football?

Twitter me

Was just going to post your #1, but see you beat me to it. Felt like MB had the mentality and skill set to be a good coach and wondered if you would ever do that full time.

Recovering scientist working in business consulting

1. I went back and forth on it for about 2 years. I had some schools reach out over the years but ultimately I decided to go a different route.
2. We always enjoyed going to the New River
3. I think it is trending in the right direction. The future is bright.

Hey Michael great to hear from you! Thanks for all the fantastic memories and bringing so much grit and hard work to the program. How would you describe your time as a Hokie? Not just football related but in general. Thanks in advance!

I loved my time as a Hokie. I wish I could have been there for a full 5 years. It really is a special place.

Love to hear it. Thanks for your time man. If I ever see you in the Burg the next round is on me!

Did you get more nervous playing in big games or watching your brother play in big games?

With the advent of social media and how college football has evolved over the past decade, do you feel like the draw of playing for the "hometown team" is less of a factor now vs. when you were going through your recruitment? Really interested in your perspective given that you played for two different schools, one of them being the quasi-"hometown team".

How you compare playing under a young upstart coach (Kliff Kingsbury) that's trying to establish a program vs. a legendary coach (Frank Beamer) with a program with a built-in identity?

Thanks for doing this!

Good questions!

I definitely get more nervous watching my brothers games.

I think it is slightly different, yes. Programs are able to promote and put their brand in front kids in so many ways now. I think high school kids are more aware of what is going on with schools all across the country. I went against the grain from the beginning. The hometown team for me would have been University of Texas. I think is surprised some people that I did not go there, especially since I have several family members that played there.

Playing for a seasoned HOF coach like Coach Beamer is an amazing opportunity. Playing for a young upstart coach can be fun but you only get one go around at playing college football so I felt more comfortable continuing my career with somebody like Coach Beamer.

With your brother at Baylor, can you highlight the differences in facilities between there and VT?

Also, don't want to open up old wounds on this site, but do you have any additional dirt on the possible Fuente to Baylor move earlier this year?

Baylor has very nice facilities. They have done an excellent job with that in Waco. VT has continued to improve theirs ever since I left. I feel like it's more and more impressive every time I visit. I think they are currently under construction on some upgrades right now aren' they?

I do not have any dirt, no.

Favorite memory or moment with Coach Beamer?

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

2014 UVA game
About to take the field for the last drive of the game, have to score. Coach beamer calls me over and tells me how many timeouts and how much time we have. All basic 2 minute drill type stuff. I looked at him and said "I got this coach" and he guided me back on the field and said "I know" we went down and scored and won the game.

When I was going through the transfer process I was on a visit in Blacksburg and had made up my mind that Virginia Tech is where I wanted to be. I was sitting in Coach Beamers office and told him I wanted to commit to being a Hokie. He popped up out of his chair from behind his desk, walked over and gave me a hug. At that moment, I knew I had made the right decision.

This. Plaid.

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

Someone please frame this quote. I could picture this in my mind. Thanks for being an all-time tough Hokie Michael!

Reach for Excellence!

VT Football: It'll get after ya!

Proud Hokie since 2004.

Just went to YouTube to watch this final drive again and then remembered HokieTapes is no more. 😭

I have but one upvote to give this post.

HTHokie93

Thanks for doing this!

Who was your favorite WR to throw the ball at and what made them stick out?

Little Bobby Tables told me my signature was false

You know I can't just pick one!

Brewer-Man, Thank you SO MUCH for bringing what you brought to Blacksburg, VT, and VT football. You made me look forward to every game. I'll never forget your scoop and score at Lane's South end zone (I forget the opponent). All because you never stopped until the whistle blew. I love your game!

My question is: do you see yourself getting into coaching (excuse my ignorance if you're already there) and would you consider coaching at VT at some point, and under what conditions?

Georgia Tech

Also, I'll piggyback off this gif for another question. You always seemed to have two or three big scrambles a game. Do you wish there were some more designed runs for you during your time at Tech?

Here lies It's a Stroman Jersey I Swear, surpassed in life by no one because he intercepted it.

That's the play, thanks. How many QBs wouldn't have even been within 20 yards of that ball? But Brewer makes 6 points out of it.

*Coach Loeffler drawing this exact sequence up on a white board in his dimly lit office at 2am*

"Oh you crazy for this one Lefty"

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

To answer all of the above questions on the scoop and score play, and the thought of being more apart of the run game..

I was just carrying out my fake and following the play just in case. On that particular play It worked out pretty well!

Originally I was more involved with the run game. I was never a beat you 80 yards down the field type of runner but being able to move around and pick up big plays was always a big part of my game. Unfortunately, I was physically not able to do much of that after the 2014 Ohio State game and then again after the 2015 Ohio State game. I was pretty banged up for the rest of the year after both of those games.

Those bastards!

God damn, this pumps me up!

Thanks for everything Brewer! One of the highlights of my senior year was watching you take down the Buckeyes at the Shoe. Can you describe the recruiting experience as a transfer vs when you were in high school? What was your first impression of Blacksburg?

The recruiting process as a transfer really isn't all that different than when you are being recruited out of high school. The main thing is just like anything, you are more equipped to make a good decision with the experience of already going through it once.

What is your favorite thing to hunt, and why?

I was going to ask this too.

Bow hunting Whitetail. That's just what I grew up hunting in Texas so it will always be my favorite.

Is it acceptable that they now serve turkey bacon at team meals?

Here lies It's a Stroman Jersey I Swear, surpassed in life by no one because he intercepted it.

Turkey Bacon does not scream "gritty". It would not be on my plate. Sounds like something you would eat in Charlottesville.

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Jet Sweep

Two questions:

1) What state is your favorite for deer hunting?
2) Have you killed any giants since graduating?

thanks for the AMA!

1. South Texas
2. I have killed a couple good ones. None that I would consider to be giants though.

I have heard a legendary story that, during your first week in Blacksburg, a group of guys took you to the New River for your first smallmouth trip, and you schooled them. Here are the questions:

1) Is this true?
2) Are there pictures?
3) Besides you, who was the best fisherman on the team while you were there?
4) When are we going cobia fishing?

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

Who are your sources over there wasp??

1. There is probably some truth to that. I don't know about "schooled", but I definitely did not embarrass myself.
2. There are a lot of New River pictures. I will have to dive back into the archives.
3. Charley Meyer
4. You tell me!

#Sources

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

#Sauces

Can't spell DBU without Bud

first off, thanks for tweeting this. absolutely savage and i like think they just passed this around at half time and then came out in the second half and turned it around

secondly, what's the most almost-arrested you've ever been?

thirdly, who was the best QB that you were ever teammates with? you've played with some good ones!

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Not sure thats what went down at halftime of that game but I do like the thought of that!
I don't think I have every been almost arrested.
Garrett Gilbert

Thanks for stopping by, loved watching you play, which TD pass against OSU did you enjoy more? The TD to Bucky near the end of the game at the Shoe or the throwback to Sam at Lane.

VT '17

Probably the one to Bucky since we won that game. Although, Lane absolutely erupted on the throwback to Sam.

I literally felt my voice give out mid scream during that throwback to Sam

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

The throwback to Sam might have been the happiest moment of my sports fandom.

Danny is always open
23 can't read

I saw Buckeye fans lose hope immediately after Sam punched that one in. They did not expect the crowd rowdiness or the fight on the field.

Whatever. It was one bad year.

Seasonal Brew means High ABV for football season and standard the rest of the year.

This is of particular interest to me as we are almost the exact same age (within 10 days). What was the perception of VT growing up in Texas? Our formative years (middle/high school) lined up within our 10+ win streak. For example, in 2005 we spent a good chunk of that season right behind eventual national champs Texas at the 3 spot in the polls.

Has there been a notable change around VT opinions/exposure in Texas that you've been able to see, or have you been largely following the TX2VT movement via social media/internet like we have? I understand that you may/may not be as clued into TX football trends these days now that you're in the work force and have your own hobbies/interests as well, but figured it was worth asking your opinion on that phenomenon.

I probably followed college football a little closer than most kids so I was pretty aware of "Beamer Ball" growing up. The perception I had growing up was that Virginia Tech was a very physical team that played great defense and great special teams. I think pretty much all teams that utilize social media have more exposure across the country nowadays. It has definitely been a useful tool for VT. I could be wrong but I do not remember many Texas kids signing with VT in the past.

Schematically, walk us through your favorite passing play in Loeffler's offense.

1) What was the play?
2) What were your reads and progressions? How did they adjust versus different coverages?
3) Were there any "cheats" that you used to get a hint on the coverage before the snap?

Also, were there any scheme adjustments that you would have liked to have been added to the offense while you were there?

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

I will try and answer this one as best I can without drawing anything up!

I was always a big fan of plays that had all the answers. What I mean by that is, you have a man, zone, and pressure solution built in to the play. Often times teams will try and solve pressure with complex blocking schemes. That can be very helpful, but if you are a no huddle offense beating pressure with hot routes is much more effective in my opinion. This is what you see teams do in the "air raid" offenses.

A very simple example is 2x2 formation, 4 verticals. If you can step on the defenders toes you run by him. If he bails, shut it down to a stop route. If you are in a 6 man protection and the defense brings 2 second level defenders, the inside wr will replace him on a slant. As long as the QB and WR are on the same page, it is pretty hard for the defense to stop plays like that. I always liked concepts like that in the air raid system. Simple QB/WR read/choice concepts like that are why these air raid offenses put up massive stats.

Thanks for taking the time to do this AMA and being part of our community for a little bit.

And also thanks for being so tough out there to make something we all love so much better.

My question is who was the funniest player to be around during your time at VT, and feel free to tell a funny story about them.

Hi Michael! thanks for your time and hard work in maroon and orange.

Now for the serious high stakes question:

What are the top three Little Debbie/Hostess Cakes/Cookies?

Thank you for starting the TX2VT movement without even realizing it!

Favorite dancehall/concert venue in TX?
Favorite red dirt band?

Vroom Vroom

Asking the real questions! This is what I'm talking about

Can't spell DBU without Bud

Thanks for doing this AMA. As quite a few have said above. Always admired your toughness and grit to get things done. Got some fishing questions for you

1. What is your favorite fish to target and area to fish?
2. Most memorable catch?
3. Go to lure?

Can't spell DBU without Bud

And, Why is salt water fishing superior to fresh water fishing?

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

1. Tarpon fishing in the keys.
2. Caught a 28'' speckled trout with my hands when I was about 12. Still hanging up in my parents house.
3. I like to throw soft plastics mostly

1. That is a beautiful place and a great fish to target.
2. 28" spec is a stud for sure. How did you not spook it? I assume you were just wading in the flats. Also, check out the Speckled Truth podcast run by a guy out of Texas that pursues trophy trout.
3. Same here. Big Zman guy

Can't spell DBU without Bud

Can you describe the vibe of the locker room immediately after the Beamer's final home game against UNC in 2015? Between the controversial call in OT that may have cost us the game, the emotions of Senior Day, and the emotions of Beamer's final home game, I can imagine that was quite a strange time. Was the team continuing their celebration of Coach Beamer? Acknowledging seniors? Steaming about the loss/calls? Some combination?

Michael, let's say you are hired to be Offensive Coordinator. What would your offensive philosophy be and what type of quarterback would you recruit?

Thanks for all the good memory during your time as Hokie quarterback.

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Good question.
I would run a mixture of air raid and the style of offense Clemson and Auburn run. Both Auburn and Clemson do some really great and innovative things in the run game and play action game. I answered a question above on some of the reasons I like air raid passing concepts.

If you don't break your collar bone, do we go back to back against Ohio state?

Recruit Prosim

I can take this one.

Yes.

100% Yes

Glad you didn't say 800%!!!

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

If you were still in school playing how hard would it be to dealing with being away from campus and teammates right now? Between trying to get in workouts, online classes, as a QB finding someone to throw to? How is your brother handling those details as a current student athlete?

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

It is definitely difficult. He is here in Austin during all of this so I have been helping him, running him through drills and catching balls. There are a few WR's here in Austin that are going through the same thing so we have been getting some work in. If you don't have anyone to throw to it could really be an issue though.

Thank you for the grit and toughness you demonstrated wearing the maroon and orange. It personified being a Hokie through and through.

Just wondering how you made your decision to come to Tech. Were there any players in particular that you bonded with on a visit that really helped cement your decision to choose Virginia Tech? Thanks, always been curious about that.

Michael, Thanks for joining us on the community for a bit, and for some epic, and gritty play that gave us all some great memories.

So what was your most memorable moment in Orange and Maroon?

And the most important question: Cake or pie?

HTHokie93

1. Never losing to UVA
2. Beating the buckeyes in the horseshoe

Easy question, Pie.

LoL! Yes!

HTHokie93

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

"Pie"

Yep.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

Wow the Pie brigade finally found someone affiliated with the Football program that actually picked pie.

ESPN. The coverage is excellent, you'd be surprised at how much you can pick up.

Adding another question.

New Braunfels or San Marcos for tubing/floating?

If you want level-headed opinions, don't go on a message board or sports forums

San Marcos

I knew you were a Float Fest guy!

If you want level-headed opinions, don't go on a message board or sports forums

What a privilege it was to watch you compete so well in the O&M!

You could only fish for one the rest of your life... Largemouth or Smallmouth?

Is coronavirus over yet?

Largemouth

Aw Cmon, you know its that 28" trout you caught bare handed when you were twelve!

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

What offenses do you watch in college football these days?

Are there any in particular that you would not want to face as a defensive coordinator? Any that you would want to play under?

Also - thanks for the years and dedication - Hokies will always be proud watching you play, you took some heavy hits but always got up - even when you were forced out...

What have you been doing since finishing your football (playing) career at Virginia Tech, and where do you see yourself in five/ten years?

Do you have any brothers that can come play in Blacksburg, and/or are you working on producing any future Hokie footballers?

Lastly, if all the people in China jump off a chair at the same time, do you think the Earth moves out of orbit?

Thanks for all you did in orange and maroon. You were truly inspiring to watch.

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

White Tyrod,

Watching you lead us to victory against AN Ohio State University was one of my favorite moments in Hokie football. Thank you for so many great memories and performances!

Question: Besides doing some QB training, have you given any more thought into getting into the coaching/development game at the collegiate level?

You are a damn legend here in the burg. Next time you head up for a game, stop by the ESPN Blacksburg pregame show at Hokie House for enough Jameson to knock out an elephant. It's always on me.

Thanks man.

I was close to getting in to coaching a few times. I have answered that a few times above on this thread, but I had to think really hard when I received a call from a 540 number..
See you at the ESPN pregame show next year!

Wait, VT called you about coaching???

I would love to have you here on staff! And sounds good man, I'll have drinks ready for you!

What was the funniest trash talk you've heard on the field? (You don't have to name names)

Name all the names, spill the tea!!!

Anytime Sam Rogers talked trash. The Phillip Rivers of fullbacks. No bad words

How many rails have you consumed in a single visit to TOTS?

How many have you consumed in a single visit?

More than 2 less than 10.

But why would anyone want to consume more than 1????

My first (and last) was plenty... I was LIED to about rails by my husband and people who claimed to be my friends... "Rails aren't that bad," they said... "They taste better when you get to Foxridge on the cup," they said... I drank the whole thing but only to make it disappear.

Although my rail experience did lend itself to a funny story. I got one of our friends kicked out of TOTS at 3:00 in the afternoon.

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

Made it to 330? Impressive.

If it is more than 2 that becomes a very difficult question to answer accurately.

Exactly.

I never know what to ask in these things, man.

Which receivers do you think you could beat in a foot race?

Isaiah Ford.
Please send this to him on Twitter.

Ahh snap

Edit: someone will have to screen shot this and put it on Twitter, as I don't do Twitter.

Sounds like we need Isaiah to be the next AMA.

Appreciate it fam

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Proportional to size who has the larger set of cojones: You or this squirrel?

jk.... Was a pleasure to watch you play. Amazing on field leadership. Stay safe

I so wanted a response to this!

What's the Hokies' most interesting offensive concept/series you've seen over the course of the Fuente era?

✈🧹

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

Our play action game looked really good once Hooker got in there. Looking forward to seeing how that continues to develop.

Shane coached the 2014 bowl game from the sideline while Frank recovered from surgery up in the press box. What was Shane's sideline presence like? Do you think he's ready to take the reins somewhere?

I would root for the Russians before I would root for Virginia.

I think Shane is going to be a great head coach one day. If I were an AD, he would definitely be hot on my radar. Obviously has a lot of experience, but look at the guys he has learned under.. pretty good. Not to mention, he is a fantastic recruiter and just a great guy just like his dad.

Obviously has a lot of experience, but look at the guys he has learned under.. pretty good.

I think this means A LOT in football coaching. There isn't one particular tried and true method that is fool proof for how to run a program, but getting to work under multiple coaches who are running a successful program has to give you a ton of insights on the do's and don't's of coaching. Shane has probably seen unexpected or difficult situations handled both poorly and perfectly, seen effective and ineffective methods of discipline and connection with players, seen how successful recruiting frameworks are run, and a myriad of other little tidbits that can be the difference between a flourishing and toxic locker room culture.

As usual, I am late to the party but my favorite Brewer moment(s) was a two parter. Now my memory ain't all that good, but early a reporter asked Brewer what a Hokie was and he was like I don"t know. So next time said reporter interviews him after a game she asks the same question and he responds "I am". It don't get much better than that answer. So Michael, was that prearranged on the second interview or was it spontaneous genius?

The LewDew, Professional Golf Bum

That is a good one.
The first time I was asked "what is a Hokie" was during a meeting with with Todd Blackledge, Brad Nessler, and Holle Rowe, in the hotel the night before the 2014 Ohio State game. Holle put me on the spot in there and asked me that question. I think I said something like "uhh.. a turkey?" (I had been in Blacksburg for about 3 months). She laughed and told me that when somebody asks you what a Hokie is, you are supposed to say I am. So during the interview with her on the field after the game she asked me again and I replied "I am"

How often do you get confused for or compared to Zach Effron?

Watching your games on tv, my wife asked me, when did we get the HS musical guy? She was super impressed with your headshot, to say the least.

🦃 🦃 🦃

Same with my wife, who is a very big Zach Effron fan and is coincidentally also a very big Michael Brewer fan.

Haha! Every now and then in college. Not as much anymore. Tell your wife thank you for me.

How often do you get confused for or compared to Zach Effron?

I mean, the front page of TKP looks like GQ today.

Thanks for the AMA Michael! What QBs (if any) did you model your game after? Is there another VT QB whose game you admired?

Drew Brees grew up about 15 minutes from where I grew up so I always payed close attention to him. His accuracy and footwork in the pocket are things I studied.

Thanks for some great times in Maroon and Orange! You are one tough SOB.

Quick questions:
1. Favorite Blacksburg Bar?
2. Have you fished Texas coast for Redfish?
3. Have you ever fly fished?

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

1. Sharkeys Happy Hour
2. Yes, many times.
3. Yes. Favorite fly fishing trip was Alaska.

Besides helping your bro with football stuff, what have you been doing to kill time? Did Carol Baskin kill her husband?

"What are you going to do, stab me? - Quote from Man Stabbed

Not a whole lot. Helping him with football stuff, working, watching Netflix.
Im scared Carole might pursue legal action on me if I answer that honestly. Let's just say her tigers looked well fed..

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BSME 2009

Being from Texas do you have any experience with hunting exotics and what are your thoughts on hunting feeders? I think for pest control of hogs then it makes a lot of sense even though I've read trapping is more efficient. When you bow hunt are you on private/public and low/high/no fence?

Yes, I do have experience with hunting exotics as well as some other species that would be considered exotics here but not in places like Argentina or Alaska.
Pretty much all hunting in Texas is done on private land either low or high fence. I don't mind hunting on high fence ranches as long as it is a large place. When you are hunting on 3,500 acres it doesn't feel like you're on a high fence property. I have done plenty of both low and high fence hunting. The game management as a whole is also a lot more strict from a self policing standpoint down here. Very few young deer get shot.
Trapping for hogs, coyotes, and bobcats can be efficient. I have found it to be more efficient with coyotes and bobcats. If you have a lot of hogs they can be very hard to get rid of. They multiply like crazy. If that is the case then setting traps and actively hunting them is the best way to go about it.

Awesome and thanks for the response. That lines up with what a buddy of mine has told me but he only lived in Texas a couple three years.

Michael, thank you for your time hanging out with us. Top notch answers across the board.

Thanks to both of you! Made my day.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

I agree. He put up with this crowd all afternoon. If that ain't toughness, then I've never seen it.

Thanks Michael for the insight and a fun afternoon of distraction, Lord knows we all need it.

Thank you for this....Vanilla Vick is always welcomed here.

Hokies, Local Soccer, AFC Ajax, Ravens

This may well be my favorite thread ever. So many questions answered, and others generated. And now we know for certain: MB was indeed impaired for much of that first season. Excuse me while I go change the answer in my profile for favorite all time Hokie.....

Publisher's Note: Former Hokies QB Michael Brewer will stop by at 1:00 PM today to answer your questions for an hour-or-so.

Started 10 minutes early and went for 3.5 hours. Thanks so much for your time and insight, Michael!

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Show up early and leave late - the recipe for success. Had that backwards for so many years....

Yeah, he put in work today for everyone. Perhaps he'll pop back in on a fishing thread at some point down the road.

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

Are you saying he is a first-in, last-out kind of guy?

Real student of the game, coaches son

Can't spell DBU without Bud

Always gives 110%, never takes a play off

He ran an excellent route on the Ford throwback.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

There's really only one MCU gif that best applies to MB12.

My 2020 Season/Covid19 Challenge: only comment with Marvel memes.

My 2019 Season Challenge: only comment with Star Wars memes. (completed as of Nov. 29)

Thanks!