Not that Kliff Kingsbury ever lacked confidence to coach quarterbacks, but he’s probably only more so after what Davis Webb and Baker Mayfield did last year. As true freshmen, the two passed for 5,033 yards and 32 touchdowns between them, one being offensive freshman of the year in the Big 12 and the other offensive MVP of the Holiday Bowl.
With Webb and newcomer Patrick Mahomes being the only scholarship quarterbacks on the team this year, Kingsbury has expressed confidence that he can develop more depth with walk-ons the way he did with Mayfield.
He’ll be working with three such players when the Red Raiders start workouts in early August: Hunter Rittiman from San Antonio Johnson, Payne Sullins from Waco Reicher and Vincent Testaverde fromTampa,Florida, Jesuit.
“All three of them are really good high school players,” Kingsbury said. “We recruited them very similarly to how we approached Baker Mayfield. We thought there were some guys that kind of got overlooked, and we wouldn’t have them here if we didn’t think they could play at that level.”
Rittiman passed for 2,898 yards and 32 touchdowns last season, leading Johnson to a 12-3 record and the Class 5A Division II state semifinals. He played for his father, Ron Rittiman, who was a college quarterback atTexasState. Testaverde is a son of former NFL quarterback Vinny Testaverde.
Kingsbury discussed the walk-ons while talking about the outlook for Mahomes this year.
“Pat will play,” Kingsbury said. “We’re not going to redshirt him, and we’ll have a couple of those walk-ons ready to go as well.”