The quarterback exodus at Texas Tech is continuing.
Two walk-on quarterbacks who received playing time during spring practice have decided to leave the team, leaving QB Davis Webb as Texas Tech's only quarterback until summer begins.
Tech confirmed the departure of Mike Richardson and Tanner Tousch to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Wednesday. Richardson is looking to transfer to a different school for more playing time while Tousch is leaving the football program to focus on school. Both had joined the Tech program prior to the spring semester.
After a strong performance in the Holiday Bowl against Arizona State, Webb asserted himself as Texas Tech's starting quarterback. Webb was 28-41 for 403 yards and four touchdowns in the 37-23 win.
But now that five quarterbacks have left the Tech program since the end of the 2013 season, the depth chart behind Webb is now even muddier and there won't be much time to sort it out before the 2014 season begins. Patrick Mahomes, a three-star recruit according to Rivals, is a strong possibility to be the No. 2 if he gets to Lubbock, Texas. He's a highly-regarded pitcher and recently threw a no-hitter. There's a chance he could be selected in the MLB draft and choose baseball over football.
If baseball does win out for Mahomes, the battle for the backup job will come down to expected walk-ons Payne Sullins, Mason McClendon and Vincent Testaverde, the son of former NFL quarterback Vinny Testaverde. Testaverde started playing organized football as a junior in high school and became his team's starting quarterback eight games into his first season.
Baker Mayfield, Tech's starter as a walk-on freshman to open the season, transferred to Oklahoma, where he'll also walk on and have to sit out a season. Michael Brewer, Tech's 2013 projected starter until a back injury in the summer, transferred to Virginia Tech and Clayton Nicholas transferred to Bowling Green.
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