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Michael Brewer is again Virginia Tech’s starting quarterback.

He played in relief of struggling Brenden Motley in Virginia Tech’s 30-20 loss at Miami last weekend.

It was his first action since he broke his left collarbone in an opening loss to No. 1 Ohio State.

Virginia Tech (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) hosts Duke (5-1, 2-0) on Saturday.

Offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler said the time is right to make the change.

Motley had thrown three passes in his career when he was called on to replace Brewer against the Buckeyes. He acquitted himself nicely despite his inexperience, but struggled against the Hurricanes, throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble.

Brewer played the fourth quarter last weekend, throwing for one touchdown and also getting intercepted.

“Over the last couple of weeks, he was able to obtain some practice reps and try to get the glitches out of his shoulder injury,” Loeffler said of Brewer. “And I think in the time he’s been gone, Motley’s done an excellent job. He stumbled (last weekend), and it’s just the right time for Virginia Tech to have Michael as our quarterback.”

Brewer started all 13 games for the Hokies last season.

He was cleared to return to practice in a non-contact capacity a few weeks ago, but was only given medical clearance to get back into game situations last week.

Extra points

Kentucky senior nose guard Melvin Lewis is out for the remainder of the season with a broken leg sustained in last Thursday’s loss to Auburn. Sophomore Matt Elam replaces him.

... No. 13 Florida took to Twitter “looking for walk-on kickers” after Jorge Powell was run over during a kickoff. Top kicker Austin Hardin also is dealing with a leg injury.

... Big Ten Conference officials say the Oct. 31 game between Penn State and Illinois will start at noon.

... Illinois coach Bill Cubit says he doubts standout receiver Mike Dudek, at best two weeks away from returning from an ACL tear in April, will play this season. And the coach isn’t sure when starting running back Josh Ferguson (shoulder sprain) will return.

... Florida State defensive back Tre Marshall is expected to miss the rest of the season with a biceps injury.

... Starting Utah tight end Siale Fakailoatonga is out for the season after being injured in the victory over Arizona State. Details weren’t given.

... The status of Washington freshman quarterback Jake Browning is in question for Saturday’s game at No. 10 Stanford after he suffered a shoulder injury late in a loss to Oregon. He is listed as day-to-day.

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