MORAGA, Calif. – St. Mary’s high powered offense has averaged around 61.5 points per game in the playoffs thanks in large part to the playmaking ability of senior Garrett Brewer. A Sacramento native, Brewer will now lead St. Mary’s into their first-ever National Championship in Greensboro, N.C. on May 18.
With the rest of the school taking finals next week, Brewer is making every effort to knock out his tests this week, knowing it might be hard to focus when you’re preparing for a national championship. We caught up with him after a day studying in the library.
Weight: 215 lbs.
Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.
Favorite Food: Mexican
Favorite Rugby Player: Dan Carter
Goofiest Teammate: Jamie Borup. “He’s just one of those guys that can make you laugh. Practice is always entertaining."
Favorite Rugby Moment: “Getting to play in a National Championship. Hands down.”
D1ARugby.com: How’d you come to play at St. Mary’s?
Garrett Brewer: I actually wanted to come to St. Mary’s straight out of high school, but was one math credit short. So I went down to San Diego and played in the Super League for a year for (Old Mission Beach Athletic Club). I was talking to my friend Matt Crawford who played at St. Mary’s and decided I would get the credit and come to St. Mary’s.
D1A: How would you describe St. Mary’s rugby?
GB: We play at a fast pace. We’re not too big into slowing the game down. We like to have an up-tempo game. We try to make it fun to play and watch.
D1A: What’s been the highlight of the year so far?
GB: I think seeing how we’ve grown as a team, from our first game to now. We had a bump in the road when we played down at Cal Poly and almost lost. That was en eye-opener. After that, we didn’t take any team for granted… But I think after we beat Central Washington (50-20) we realized what a special group of guys we had.
D1A: What’s your role on the team?
GB: I just try to be a leader on and off the field. This being my first year at flyhalf, trying to run the offense has been a challenge. Luckily I have Augie Heath, who was the flyhalf last year, helping me out…But your teammates are like your family and I just try to be there for everyone.
D1A: What do you make of Life University?
GB: The thing is they aren’t scared telling you what they are going to do. They are just going to force you to keep making tackles.
The National Championship will be broadcast live on ESPN3 on May 18 at 7 p.m. ET and rebroadcast on ESPNU.