Walk-on quarterbacks Tanner Tausch and Mike Richardson are leaving the Texas Tech football program, a Tech spokesman confirmed Wednesday.
Associate athletic director Blayne Beal said Tausch is planning to focus on academics and Richardson will look for a place where he has a better chance for playing time. Both just joined the team this semester.
Holiday Bowl offensive MVP Davis Webb is entrenched as the Red Raiders’ starting quarterback going into his sophomore season and had a productive spring. In three scrimmages that were open to the public, Webb completed 70.4 percent of his passes for 959 yards, 13 touchdowns and no interceptions.
Depth behind him has been iffy, though, ever since Baker Mayfield and Michael Brewer transferred after last season over frustrations about where they stood on the depth chart. Mayfield transferred to Oklahoma, Brewer to Virginia Tech and last year’s fourth QB, Clayton Nicholas, transferred to Bowling Green.
Webb and Tausch were the only quarterbacks who took snaps in the open spring scrimmages. Tausch transferred to Tech at mid-term from Kilgore College.
Richardson is a true freshman from Marble Falls who also came in at mid-term.
There are no other quarterbacks other than Webb on the roster, though Tech has lined up a few walk-ons scheduled to arrive in the summer. Among them are Payne Sullins from Waco Reicher, Mason McClendon from Midland Christian and a new name, Vincent Testaverde, son of former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback Vinny Testaverde.
The Tampa Bay Times reported Monday that Testaverde, who quarterbacked a regional semifinal team at Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit, was coming to Tech. According to the Tampa Tribune, the younger Testaverde preferred basketball growing up and never played organized football until his junior year in high school.
Walk-ons don’t sign and remain recruitable for other programs until they start school.
Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said on national signing day that Whitehouse standout Patrick Mahomes probably will be the No. 2 quarterback next season if he makes it to campus. Mahomes is considered a potential high draft pick in baseball, and Kingsbury has acknowledged concern about possibly losing him.
Season ticket update
Tech has 2,300 season tickets left, athletic department spokesman Blayne Beal said Wednesday. He said it’s a possibility that Jones AT&T Stadium could sell out on a season-ticket basis, meaning no individual game tickets would be available.
“Based on the way things are moving and the way they have been selling, we feel like they could be gone by May 1,” Beal said.
Season-ticket sales topped 36,000 on Wednesday, Beal said. In addition, Tech reserves 12,577 tickets for students, 4,000 for visiting teams and 1,500 to 2,000 for player guests, visiting recruits and high school coaches.
Tech said it’s sold 7,500 season tickets to new buyers. Fewer than 100 remain available at the lowest price of $179.
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