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March 12, 2014

News & Notes

By: Jimmy Robertson

Hokies land transfer QB

Michael Brewer, a quarterback from Lake Travis, Texas, will be transferring to Virginia Tech after spending the previous three years at Texas Tech. He plans to graduate from Texas Tech in May and then transfer to Virginia Tech, where he will be eligible to play immediately and have two years of eligibility remaining. The NCAA allows players who complete their undergraduate degree to transfer without having to sit out a year.

Brewer, a 6-foot-1, 185-pounder, played in four games this past season for the Red Raiders. A back injury suffered in June set him back, and he only got limited reps behind Davis Webb and Baker Mayfield, who combined to throw for more than 5,000 yards this past season.

Brewer completed 7 of 10 for 65 yards and a touchdown this past season. In 2012, he completed 34 of 48 for 375 yards and four touchdowns while playing in nine games.

Brewer, who narrowed his choices to Virginia Tech and Kentucky, was ranked the No. 43 prospect in Texas by Rivals coming out of high school. He played on four consecutive state championship teams at Lake Travis, and as a senior, threw for 2,865 yards. He lost only one game as a starting quarterback during his high school career.

ACC All-Academic Teams announced

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced its fall All-Academic Teams, and 22 Virginia Tech student-athletes made the team in their respective sports.

To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.0 grade-point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.0 cumulative average during his or her academic career. A student-athlete in graduate school must maintain a 3.5 grade-point average.

The following Tech student-athletes were named:

Women’s cross country

Courtney Dobbs (finance)

Men’s basketball

Jarell Eddie (psychology)

Will Johnston (human nutrition, food and exercise)

Trevor Thompson (university studies)

Joey van Zegeren (international studies)

Women’s basketball

Uju Ugoka (sociology)


Brandon Facyson (biology)

Sam Rogers (university studies)

Trey Edmunds (communications)

Women’s soccer

Dayle Colpitts (biology)

Jazmine Reeves (human resource management)

Shannon Mayrose (master’s in counselor education)

Katie Yensen (biology)

Ashley Meier (human development)

Jordan Coburn (communications)

Murielle Tiernan (university studies)

Men’s soccer

Robert Alberti (marketing management)

Kyle Renfro (history)

Daniel Lauretano (university studies)


Kathryn Caine (marketing, international studies)

Jordan Fish (human development)

Lindsey Owens (general bioscience)

Three Tech student-athletes earn postgraduate scholarships

Virginia Tech pole vaulter Leigh Allin, runner Frances Dowd and women’s tennis player Tea Ivanovic were three of 44 ACC student-athletes who were selected for the Weaver-James-Corrigan Award, including three who will receive the Thacker Award, as announced by ACC Commissioner John Swofford. An additional six ACC student-athletes who plan to enter a professional career in his or her chosen sport were named honorary recipients.

The Weaver-James-Corrigan and Jim and Pat Thacker postgraduate scholarships are awarded to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements. Each recipient will receive $5,000 toward his or her graduate education. Those honored have performed with distinction in both the classroom and their respective sport, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.

Dowd, from Fairfax, Va., was one of the three ACC recipients of the Thacker Award. Recipients of the award must demonstrate outstanding performance both in athletics competition and in the classroom and intend to further their education through postgraduate studies at an ACC institution. Dowd is studying environmental policy and planning.

Allin, from Lexington, Ky., is studying mechanical engineering, while Ivanovic, a native of Antwerpen, Belgium, is majoring in international studies.

The 50 student-athletes will be honored at the annual ACC Postgraduate Luncheon presented by ESPN on April 16 in the Guilford Ballroom at the Sheraton Greensboro at the Four Seasons.