Wednesday January 15th, 2014

After playing in nine games last year, Michael Brewer made just four appearances this season for Texas Tech. After playing in nine games in 2012, Michael Brewer played in only four for Texas Tech last season. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

Texas Tech quarterback Michael Brewer will transfer after the spring semester, the Red Raiders announced Wednesday.

In a statement, Brewer said the decision to move on from Texas Tech was a difficult one.

"I am honored to receive my degree from Texas Tech and will always call this university home. I will never forget the friendships and memories I have made here at Texas Tech. Lubbock has been nothing but great to me and my family and we will always appreciate that. Wherever I may go, I hope our fans will respect the person and the player that I am. The decision to transfer was well thought out by my family and myself and was one of the toughest of my life. I feel it's the right decision for me moving forward. As always, Guns Up!"

The quarterback, who played in four games this season behind Davis Webb and Baker Mayfield, attempted only 10 passes and threw for 65 yards and a touchdown in 2013. Brewer, a sophomore, missed the first four games of the season due to injury as Webb and Mayfield separated themselves in a battle for the starting job.

Webb emerged later in the year as the go-to guy in head coach Kliff Kingsbury's offense, completing 226-of-361 passes for a team-leading 2,718 yards and 20 touchdowns. His freshman season included four 400-yard passing games. Webb took on the starting role after Mayfield, who won the starting job as a walk-on true freshman in the preseason, got injured in a Week 5 game against Kansas.

Last month, Mayfield announced his intentions to transfer from Texas Tech. He originally planned to transfer to Oklahoma and petitioned for immediate eligibility due to his status as a true walk-on, but that attempt was denied last Friday.

The transfers of Mayfield and Brewer point to Webb being the centerpiece of the offense for the immediate future, especially since the Red Raiders have few other options at quarterback.

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