Diamond or gridiron, bat or pads, the objective hasn't changed for the Tennessee sophomore.
And while Brewer had a little pop in his previous sporting life also, it's perhaps only as a Vols safety that he's really discovered the ability to become a regular home-run threat.
"I had 11 one year in the minors," Brewer said after UT's final scrimmage of camp on Saturday. "But I was kind of a keep-it-on-the-ground guy. I had a lot of power, but I really didn't hit a lot of home runs. Here, I like to put the pain on people.
"I guess I'm more of a power hitter now. I like to hurt people."
That approach works just fine during the season for a team trying to establish itself as faster, stronger and more physical heading into the second campaign under Derek Dooley.
Just about the only time that brand of football can be a concern for the Vols' coach is during the weeks of practices when the targets are all teammates, as fellow sophomore Matt Milton can attest.
The UT wide receiver has been on the shelf for a few days since he found Brewer waiting for him after making a cut inside on a route to the middle of the field. And while there's a clear consensus from people who witnessed the shot that Brewer wasn't trying to knock Milton out of the park, that kind of aggressive play can occasionally lead to injuries.
The trick is balancing the need to get ready for games with maintaining a healthy roster.
"He stroked him pretty good," Dooley said. "Our big thing in practice is you never hit a defenseless receiver or player. They can be in a lot of shapes and sizes, and Brent, he even kind of pulled up a little bit. It was just one of those things. He didn't
really go with a malicious intent. He felt bad about it, and it could have been a lot worse probably.
"There are a couple things we do (to avoid injuries). But if he's not in a defenseless position and he's coming at you, you go stroke him."
That's the kind of natural reaction the Vols need from Brewer, who has emerged from a crowded pool of defensive backs to become the one most likely to come down near the line of scrimmage to assist the linebackers and help against the run.
Brewer has speed as well, though he admits the 15 pounds of muscle he's put on since trading shortstop for safety has cut down on some of the mobility he used to have. But that's not really a problem for the Vols, who seemingly have enough versatile options to fill out the secondary and defend against the pass while Brewer looks for a pitch he can groove.
"Now over the last couple years, I've obviously gotten a lot bigger," Brewer said. "I'm not as loose, a little tighter, so it's hard to move side-to-side a little more because that was what I needed when I was playing shortstop. Now it's not as needed, I'm a lot more physical.
"I'm not as good of a cover corner as (Prentiss Waggner) or Janzen (Jackson), quick guys like that. But I pride myself on coming down to help the linebackers, coming down to help against the run, stopping the big plays in the box."
Brewer certainly also can break them up in the passing game, or he wouldn't be in the lineup.
And in case there were any lingering doubts after he wrapped up his first season at UT with 30 tackles after starting the last six games, Brewer already has been delivering some emphatic statements about what he's capable of to his teammates.
"You know, the coaches talk to me about not hitting the guy when he's really not expecting it," Brewer said. "I mean, I'm just trying to get used to the game again, game-time is coming up, and that's what I'm going to be doing in a game.
"It wasn't intentional. I didn't want to hurt him. But that's the game —come out here, play hard."
And, like that other game, try to string together a couple hits in the process.