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Game breakdown: Charlie Brewer and Cade Brewe

PonyStampede breaks down Lake Travis quarterback Charlie Brewer's and tight end Cade Brewer's performance in a win vs. Dallas Jesuit. The SMU commits earned their second win of the season, 42-10.

Game analysis

Charlie Brewer, 2017 QB, Lake Travis (Texas)


  • Size: 6-1, 192
  • Game: Lake Travis 42, Dallas Jesuit 10 (at Jesuit – Sept. 9, 2016)
  • Recruiting: Brewer committed to SMU on May 26. He is planning to enroll in January.

Breakdown: Brewer left a 59-56 double-overtime win on Sept. 2 with a concussion-like symptoms, but returned to play at Jesuit the next week. He led the Cavaliers to an easy win at Jesuit – he led seven scoring drives of five or fewer plays before getting the rest of the game off midway through the third quarter. He completed 10-of-13 passes for 120 yards and 3 touchdowns while rushing for 119 yards on 5 carries and 1 touchdown, a 62-yarder.

Brewer is a passer first, like current SMU quarterback Ben Hicks. But he’s not afraid to move out of the pocket and throw on the run. He missed a couple throws while rolling out to his left, but also threw a touchdown while on the move. His touchdown run was a 62-yard scramble, but Lake Travis called a couple designed runs for him.

He plays in a shotgun-spread offense similar to SMU’s that occasionally incorporates some packaged plays and read-option. He displayed good accuracy from the pocket on short throws and deep balls. His first pass was a 46-yard completion on a go route, followed by a 1-yard touchdown to future SMU teammate Cade Brewer. He showed an ability to go through reads quickly and get the ball out fast. His feet are a little careless and his motion has some extra length to it.

Cade Brewer, 2017 TE, Lake Travis (Texas)


  • Size: 6-3, 215
  • Game: Lake Travis 42, Dallas Jesuit 10 (at Jesuit – Sept. 9, 2016)
  • Recruiting: Brewer committed to SMU on April 20. Since his commitment, he has picked up offers from BYU, Oregon State, Purdue, San Diego State and Texas A&M. He said after his team’s win that he is still solid to SMU.

Breakdown: Cade Brewer (no relation to Charlie) plays both wide receiver and tight end for Lake Travis, but will only play tight end at SMU. He’s a move tight end who lines up on the outside, in the slot or in a three-point stance. A natural pass-catcher and movable blocker, he fits what SMU wants in a tight end. He only caught 2 passes for 6 yards, but one was a touchdown.

Brewer is a decent a blocker when asked to block from a three-point stance, though he can be even better when he gets stronger. He’s more effective as a blocker on the perimeter against defensive backs and linebackers. He gets out quickly to seal off running lanes on screens and off-tackle runs. He does a good job keeping his hands on a defender’s torso but can block a little high at times.

As a receiver, Brewer high-points the ball well. He’s quick and fast enough to catch tight end screens and short routes and get yards after the catch. He’s asked to run a lot of different routes and has a pretty advanced route tree. He displays body control on fade routes and catches where he has to turn around and a make a catch facing the line of scrimmage. He has reliable hands and good ball skills. Against man coverage or faster defenders, he may have a little more difficulty separating, though he’s able to make contested catches regularly.

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